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Dioceses defend against in vitro suits filed by fired teachers

Both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., are defending themselves against lawsuits filed by Catholic school teachers who...

Pope names auxiliary bishops for Brooklyn

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI has named two priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., to serve as auxiliary bishops there. Msgr. Paul Robert Sanchez,...

Papal visit said to help ‘reawakening’ of church in Cuba

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The March visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict XVI has helped reawaken people’s interest in the Catholic Church, according to two...

Phila. archbishop releases e-book on religious freedom

At the heart of defeating attacks on the country’s religious liberty is the need for faithful to rebuild a Christian culture that serves as...

Illicit ordinations in China cause scandal, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY — Lay Catholics in China have been scandalized by priests who are ordained bishops without papal approval and by the participation of...

Conn. governor signs death penalty repeal

HARTFORD, Conn. — In what he called “a moment of sober reflection, not celebration,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a bill...

W.Va. bishop denies secondhand abuse claim

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said secondhand allegations that he sexually abused a teenage boy are “unbelievable and shocking” as...

Irish parliament rejects legalized abortion

DUBLIN — Ireland's parliament rejected legislation that would have allowed a controversial 1992 Supreme Court ruling permitting abortion in limited circumstances to take effect. The...

Australian cardinal apologizes for comments

SYDNEY — Cardinal George Pell of Sydney apologized for comments he made about ancient Jews and German suffering during World War II in a...

More Anglican parishes join church

WASHINGTON — Anglican parishes in Philadelphia and Indianapolis were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in early April, and two Anglican...

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