Many Germans hoped a German pope would bring an end to the schism between catholics and protestants that began here, centuries ago. But those hopes were dashed.
Pope Francis has appointed Catholic leaders from some the world’s smallest and poorest nations to the College of Cardinals. Former Pope Benedict XVI also joined the ceremony in a rare public outing.
The Vatican has confirmed reports that former Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for child sex abuse in the last two years of his pontificate - a dramatic increase over previous years.
A US court has sentenced an 84-year-old Catholic nun to nearly three years in jail for her part in an anti-nuclear protest. She and two accomplices had broken into the uranium storage site and sprayed peace slogans.
Government plans to make abortion less accessible for Spanish women are facing stiff resistance. Critics warn the reform is a throwback to the country’s right-wing dictatorship.
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