German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg is set to answer questions before the Vatican about an excessive $42 million sum he has spent on a luxury residence, causing uproar in the Catholic Church.
"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," a statement by the Limburg diocese read, according to Reuters.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." more >>
1. Pope Francis met and prayed for disabled people, both young and old, in Assisi.
2. Pope Francis visited the community of Varginha during his first six months as Roman Pontiff. more >>
Pope Francis is set to meet next week with WBC middleweight boxing champion and fellow Argentinean Sergio Martinez, when the two will discuss anti-bullying and domestic violence against women.
"In the past couple of months, I will have had two of my dreams as a Catholic come true, to visit the Basilica of our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico and to be received by the Pope," 38-year-old Martinez said. "I will be asking the Pope for blessings and spiritual protection to all of those who enter the ring."
Muhammad Ali's meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1982 was the last time a professional boxer had met a pontiff for a private conversation, USA Today noted, and Martinez has made his excitement ahead of the meeting known. more >>
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke bluntly on a wide range of topics in a lively interview with New York magazine's Jennifer Senior published Sunday.
Pope Francis is "absolutely right" about the Catholic Church needing to be more evangelistic, Scalia said, and he has often "bemoaned the fact that the Catholic Church has sort of lost that evangelistic spirit." more >>
A canon law petition backed by the author of The Exorcist that challenges Georgetown University's behavior as a Catholic institution has been submitted to Pope Francis.
More than 2,000 Catholics signed the petition submitted by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and the Academy Award-winning screenplay based on the novel, according to a press release. Blatty graduated from Georgetown, which is located in Washington D.C., in 1950.
The petition says the university has failed to fully comply with church law for more than 20 years by not implementing Ex corde Ecclessiae, a papal constitution instituted by Pope John Paul II for Catholic universities. It also claims this failure has led to "deviations from authentic doctrinal and moral teachings" and "a long series of Scandals to the faithful through actions inconsistent with a Catholic identity," among other accusations. more >>
Pope Francis' recent comments on abortion, homosexuality and contraceptives have been praised by the majority of U.S. Catholics according to a new poll, with the Vatican leader enjoying a very high favorability rating in general.
The independent Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University poll found that support for Pope Francis' widely-reported comments is at 68 percent among American Catholics, though 23 percent have disagreed. The support was found strongly among men and women of all age groups.
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context," Pope Francis said in an interview conducted in August with Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. more >>