Vatican criminal trial begins against priests accused in abuse case

VATICAN CITY - Dressed in a black polo shirt with a sweater draped around his shoulders, Father Gabriele Martinelli, 28, heard a Vatican criminal court accuse him of repeatedly sexually abusing a younger student at a minor seminary inside the Vatican.

    Prayer, crying out to God is only source of salvation, Pope says

    VATICAN CITY - The purpose of crying out to the Lord in prayer is not to get used to suffering, but to remember that God, and not humankind, is the only source of salvation and consolation, Pope Francis said.

      God's Word on Sunday: We all have a part to play in God’s plan

      29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 18 (Year A) Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Psalm 96; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5a; Matthew 22:15-21

      King Cyrus of Persia was an unlikely candidate for the title 'messiah' (anointed one) in the Hebrew Scriptures. But the text is clear: Cyrus was the anointed of God. Not only that, God gave him the power necessary for his long string of military victories. 

        The face of evil is all around us

        We tend to be naïve about evil, at least as to what it looks like in everyday life.

          Pope Francis: Time is running out to fix economy, protect the Earth, help the poor

          VATICAN CITY - The predominant global economic system is "unsustainable," particularly in its impact on the environment, Pope Francis said.

            In case related to abuse at minor seminary, two priests face trial at Vatican

            VATICAN CITY - Two priests connected to a minor seminary located at the Vatican will appear before a Vatican criminal court Oct. 14 on charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of students at the seminary.

              Mary Marrocco: Superstition has no place in life of faith

              A contemporary government official, in a high-profile speech, once enthused about the benefits and powers of science.

                Pope praises women's consultation group at Council for Culture

                VATICAN CITY - Four years after the Pontifical Council for Culture instituted a Permanent Women's Consultation Group to bring women's experiences and voices to the council's deliberations, Pope Francis noted that they represent a "novelty" at the Holy See.

                  Eventual coronavirus vaccine should belong to everyone, Pope says

                  VATICAN CITY - An eventual vaccine for COVID-19 would belong to the world and should not be hoarded greedily by countries hosting the lab or labs that develop it, Pope Francis said.

                    Cardinal Farrell to lead commission determining confidential contracts

                    VATICAN CITY - Continuing his efforts to ensure financial transparency and accountability, Pope Francis named Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to lead a commission that determines which economic activities remain confidential.

                      God's Word on Sunday: God’s gracious care for us never wavers

                      28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 11 (Year A) Isaiah 25:6-10a; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14

                      The fullness of God’s blessing is often portrayed in the Scriptures as a sumptuous feast.