Nicole Winfield

  • Associated Press Nov 23, 2019

    Pope Denounces ‘Evil' of Nukes as He Fulfills Japan Dream

    Pope Francis denounced the “evil” of nuclear weapons on Saturday as he began a three-day visit to Japan and fulfilled a dream to be a missionary in a land with a rich but bloody Christian past. The pope’s plane landed in the rain in Tokyo, where he received a small welcome at the airport before heading to the Vatican residence...

  • The Associated Press Nov 16, 2019

    Youth Seminary Scandal Grows With New Abuse Claims

    A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new allegations Sunday; the show provided the broadcast to The Associated Press ahead of time. The Vatican announced in...

  • Massachusetts Oct 27, 2019

    After Bishops Call for Married Priests, Pope Urges New Ways

    On the heels of a bold call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis is urging openness to new ways, and in a possible slap at conservative critics who fear he is weakening the Catholic church’s foundations, he cautions faithful against entering the “swampy waters of ideologies.” At Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica to...

  • Massachusetts Oct 26, 2019

    Pope's Amazon Synod Proposes Married Priests, Female Deacons

    Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian countries also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women as deacons, saying “it...

  • King Oct 13, 2019

    Pope Canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-Century Theologian

    With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Francis quoted from one of Newman’s most famous hymns, “Lead, Kindly Lights,” as he presided over Mass on Sunday before an estimated 50,000 people in a sun-drenched St....

  • Massachusetts Oct 7, 2019

    Pope Urges Bold Action to Protect the Amazon Amid Fires

    Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological “ashes of fear.” Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native people as he fended off...

  • President Sep 8, 2019

    Pope in Madagascar Insists: ‘Poverty Is Not Inevitable'

    Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn’t inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital’s biggest dump. Francis appealed for new development strategies to fight global poverty as he visited the Akamasoa project, or “City of Friendship,” which soars...

  • spokesman Jul 13, 2019

    Vatican Mystery Over Missing Girl Deepens; Bones Found

    The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery: The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone manhole that will be formally opened next week. The Vatican on Thursday had pried open the tombs of two...

  • Massachusetts Jun 2, 2019

    Pope Braves Rain-Soaked Mountain Roads for Transylvania Mass

    Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania on Saturday to visit Romania’s most famous shrine, urging Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future. Storms forced Francis to change his travel plans and add in a three-hour car ride through the Carpathian mountains that he had planned to traverse via helicopter. The...

  • United States Apr 11, 2019

    Retired Pope Benedict Wades Into Clergy Sex Abuse Debate

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis’ own efforts to confront one of the most critical issues facing the church. One church...

  • The Associated Press Apr 2, 2019

    Pope Francis: Women Have ‘Legitimate Claims' for Justice, Equality

    Pope Francis said Tuesday that women have “legitimate claims” to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to recognize the “urgency of an inevitable change” to give them leadership roles. Francis issued a document inspired by an October 2018 meeting of the world’s bishops on better...

  • head Apr 1, 2019

    Pope Defends Decision to Keep French Cardinal After Cover-Up

    Pope Francis defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin’s resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying Sunday the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made. Francis also explained why he rejected proposals by U.S. bishops to respond to the sex abuse scandal there, saying they neglected the...

  • lawyer Mar 13, 2019

    Italy Outraged as Court Finds Victim Too Ugly to Be Raped

    Italy’s Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim. The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob Monday outside the Ancona court, where protesters shouted “Shame!” and held up...

  • lawyer Mar 13, 2019

    Italy Outraged as Court Finds Victim Too Ugly to Be Raped

    Italy’s Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim. The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob Monday outside the Ancona court, where protesters shouted “Shame!” and held up...

  • United States Feb 24, 2019

    On Final Day of Summit, Pope Vows to End Abuse Cover-Ups But Victims Disappointed

    Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” But his failure to offer a concrete action plan to hold bishops accountable when they failed...

  • United States Feb 19, 2019

    Catholic Religious Orders Apologize for Sex Abuse Inaction, Cover-Ups

    Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups. The two umbrella organizations representing the world’s religious orders issued a joint statement ahead of Pope Francis’ sex abuse prevention summit, which opens...

  • Europe Feb 5, 2019

    Pope Publicly Acknowledges Clergy Sexual Abuse of Nuns

    Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. Francis admitted to the problem for the first...

  • Associated Press Feb 5, 2019

    Pope Francis Celebrates Historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

    Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God. A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote...

  • Associated Press Feb 4, 2019

    Pope Francis Welcomed By the UAE

    Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates for a brief visit that will culminate with a papal mass on Tuesday. He is the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Chicago Jan 1, 2019

    Vatican Letter Undermines US Cardinal On Abuse

    The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders failed to sufficiently consult with the Holy See beforehand about legally problematic proposals, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

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