In one of the most significant and controversial decisions of his papacy, Pope Francis has dismissed a proposal to allow married men to be ordained in the Amazon region of South America to ease an acute shortage of priests there.
Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis has said women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls to recognise the "urgency of an inevitable change" to give them leadership roles.
Pope Francis set the right tone in previewing the Vatican’s summit on clerical sexual abuse when he told the Church’s hierarchy that what is expected of them is not only condemnation of the crimes against children and teenagers but also tangible action to ensure that the cover-up culture is closed down and that justice is done.
Pope Francis has defrocked former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said today.
Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell has been named by Pope Francis as the new 'Camerlengo', a high-ranking member of the clergy who runs the Vatican between the death or resignation of a pontiff and the election of a new one.
The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States, Carlo Maria Vigano, has accused Pope Francis and other officials of covering up that they were aware of sex abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington.