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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma suspends masses to help stop spread of novel coronavirus
(3rd UPDATE) Most Catholic churches in Metro Manila suspend public Masses starting March 14
A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square
The novel coronavirus changes even the way people practice their faith in predominantly Catholic Philippines
Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia
Why did Pius XII stay silent during the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust?
'I could no longer claim membership in the Catholic Church in good faith – not just because of the hypocrites in her, but because of the inherent hypocrisy in her system'
Pope Francis also issues a message of support to nongovernmental organizations and governments coming to the aid of migrants
'As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus,' says Singapore Archbishop William Goh
'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope
In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon
The Pope is being pressured to open the priesthood to married men in the Amazon, as well as to give women a greater role to play
The trial court rules that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin chose not to tell the authorities of the abuse allegations 'in order to preserve the institution to which he belongs'
What led our podcast guest David Ong to his atheism? What values does he hold? Would he raise his child godless or marry a staunch Catholic? Let's find out!
'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances
French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse
For some Christians, it is idolatry. For the Catholic Church it is a grand case of the so-called 'popular piety'
Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere
The report states that Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel abused as many as 60 children and that a total of 33 priests or deacons acknowledged to have committed sexual assaults against minors since 1941
Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses
'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis
'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada
So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church
The Vatican says in a statement that it accepts the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, from the Buffalo diocese in New York state
Ecuadorian nun Ines Azucena Zambrano Jara says women took an active part in the synod, with some of them defining themselves as 'synod mothers'
'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms
'Provocative criticisms from skeptics, agnostics, and atheists should in fact be welcomed as a means for us Catholics to let our faith grow deeper and perhaps evolve'
Organizers say the photos were taken during a symbolic street theater activity called 'Lamay para sa Demokrasya' in May 2018
'It is...beyond belief that a case like sedition should be filed based on Bikoy's testimony, whose credibility is questionable,' says Fr Steven Zabala, vicar general of the Diocese of Cubao
Former US bishop Michael Bransfield has been forbidden to perform the liturgy, among other sanctions
Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall
The allegations against priest Bernard Preynat sparked the biggest crisis in the French church in decades, drawing in its most influential cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin
'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias
Its misunderstanding can be used to silence the Church
It's rooted in the Filipino view of God as 'Punisher' – like Rodrigo Duterte
It will take place on June 15 in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe
The Church is trying to promote 'dialogue on the question of gender in education,' Milan's Gonzague Institute professor Roberto Zappala says in a statement
The bishop is under investigation for alleged extortion of priests in his diocese, and the covering-up of sexual abuse cases, according to Brazilian media reports
The program by the 6 California dioceses will be managed by two independent monitors who have handled similar programs in New York and Pennsylvania, the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez says
The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'
The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the local health center
Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional
All state-run schools – more than 10,000 in total – have resumed classes on Monday, May 6, after police and security forces deployed armed guards
Rappler talks to sociologist of religion Jayeel Cornelio about religious endorsements – in the time of the President who said God is stupid
The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest
'But we will start with a smaller number of masses and see if we can slowly increase it depending on how the situation develops,' says Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
'A list with the names of the girls was on his door, so we knew when it was our turn...It happened every day, during his afternoon naps and the night,' says one victim
Our politics is thoroughly personality-driven. When religious leaders throw their support behind certain candidates, they inevitably echo the divide according to existing political loyalties.
The suspect is arrested at the Roman Catholic basilica shortly after the attack in front of 50 people and a television audience, while priest Claude Grou is taken to hospital
(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation