Chicagoland

Father Tolton may soon be declared ‘venerable’ by pope

The canonization cause for Servant of God Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis where the priest to be declared “venerable.” The remaining steps in the process to canonization are to be declared “blessed” and “saint.”

Vatican

Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says in advance of abuse summit

When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, "whether it's criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial" on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican's top investigator of abuse cases.

Vatican

McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse

Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington.

U.S.

This year's Lent could be just what struggling church needs

When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it. This set-aside time for prayer and reflection -- after all the church has been through in recent months -- could provide both a healing balm and a needed boost forward, some say.

Vatican

Witness to Christ with love, pope tells Catholics on Arabian Peninsula

Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.

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