The worldwide leader of the Franciscans has revealed that the order is in 'grave' financial difficulties, and that
civil officials have been asked to investigate their financial irregularities.
Pope Francis played a key role in mediating talks between the U.S. and Cuba, resulting in an exchange of prisoners and opening the way for direct talks.
The Church of England named its first female bishop, just a month after an historic change to its canon law.
The Vatican issued its long-awaited Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the U.S., calling upon the sisters to engage in
further dialogue and self-assessment.
Pope Francis chose not to meet the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan spiritual leader came to a Rome summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners. The
decision was seen as an attempt not to upset relations with the Chinese government.
A Church advisory group's report links 'obligatory celibacy' to child sex abuse. Global media call this 'the first such admission' by Church officials.
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