Vatican official says church making progress in stopping sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY - Appearing before a U.N. committee monitoring adherence to an international treaty designed to fight torture, a Vatican official insisted that, over the past 10 years, the Catholic Church has "in a systematic, constructive and effective way," worked to prevent clerical sexual abuse of minors and assist victims.

    Vatican statistics report Church growth remains steady worldwide

    VATICAN CITY - The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

      Hopes rise that Pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

      ROME - The Orthodox bishop who is co-ordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch's May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity.

        ‘So much denial’ on sexual abuse crisis, says Cardinal O'Malley

        VATICAN CITY - The Roman Catholic Church has failed to recognize the worldwide reach of clerical sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

          Social climbers should head for hills, not the Church, for ambitions

          VATICAN CITY - The Catholic Church is no place for "climbers" who want to reach the heights of prestige, power and profit, Pope Francis said.

            Fun, not money should rule sports, says Pope Francis

            VATICAN CITY - Soccer-fan Pope Francis urged professional athletes to always be sportsmanlike on and off the field because so many people, especially kids, look up to them.

              Pope: New attitude of 'evangelical service' must take hold at Vatican

              VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis told his new economic oversight council that it must be "courageous and determined" in its critical role of helping the Church not waver from its real mission of bringing the Gospel to the world and helping those most in need.

                Don’t equate sexual abuse of minors with torture, Vatican tells UN

                VATICAN CITY - As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned investigators that it would be “deceptive” to link torture with the pedophilia scandals that have swept the Catholic Church.

                  Pope asks cardinals to try to resolve conflict with Peruvian university

                  VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has appointed three cardinals, including Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec, to try to resolve a long-standing dispute with a Peruvian university and see if it would be possible to restore the university's designation as "pontifical" and "Catholic."

                    Vatican says bureaucratic reforms won’t happen until 2015

                    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday (April 29).

                      Benedict says predecessor's faith, courage were signs of holiness

                      VATICAN CITY - Blessed John Paul II's deep spirituality and his courage to uphold the truth were clear signs of his sainthood, said his successor, retired Pope Benedict XVI.