via BBC News Roman Catholics in the US have delivered a petition asking Cardinal Roger Mahony to stay away from the conclave in Rome to choose a new pope. The former Archbishop of Los Angeles was stripped of his duties last month over allegations he protected priests accused of child sex abuse. Continuing scandals over […]

via BBC News The largest US group of Catholic nuns has said a Vatican report finding they had undermined church doctrine was based on “unsubstantiated accusations”. After a three-day meeting, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said the review was “a flawed process that lacked transparency”. The Vatican investigation said the group had “serious doctrinal […]

Via BBC News The late Pope, John Paul II, has been officially beatified at a ceremony at the Vatican in front of hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful. Among those at St Peter’s Square is French nun Marie Simon-Pierre, who says she was cured of Parkinson’s Disease. Her apparently miraculous cure is part of the […]

Jewish groups and victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests have condemned the Pope’s preacher for comparing criticism of the pontiff to anti-Semitism. US-based abuse victims’ group Snap said the remarks were “morally wrong”. The head of Germany’s Central Council of Jews described the Easter sermon as unprecedented “insolence”. The Catholic Church has been rocked […]