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Priests may celebrate four Masses on Christmas, feast days, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican decreed that priests can celebrate as many as four Masses on several important feast days, including Christmas, to accommodate...

Theodore McCarrick report from Vatican highlights weaknesses in process for vetting...

VATICAN CITY  -- The Vatican report on Theodore E. McCarrick highlights repeated failures in the process for vetting bishops, a process that often seemed...

Australian states to have priests report abuse disclosed in confession

SYDNEY — The Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania have become the latest in the country to pass legislation criminalizing priests who fail to...

Vatican newspaper runs articles on possibility of women preaching at Mass

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published several commentaries reflecting on the possibility of allowing laypeople, including women, to preach...

Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY— While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper...

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