A group of Roman Catholic intellectuals released a letter denouncing Republican presidential hopeful and current front runner Donald Trump as "manifestly unfit to be president."
Published Monday by the conservative outlet National Review, the open letter was authored by Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
"Donald Trump is manifestly unfit to be president of the United States. His campaign has already driven our politics down to new levels of vulgarity. His appeals to racial and ethnic fears and prejudice are offensive to any genuinely Catholic sensibility," reads the letter. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the world's seeming indifference at the violent murder of four nuns, along with 12 other people, at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen.
Gunmen reportedly entered the building on Friday, going room-to-room and handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head.
The four nuns killed in the incident had been Missionaries of Charity, prompting Francis to send "the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence." more >>
Pope Francis has written a letter to a juvenile gang member jailed in Los Angeles, California, asking that the young man pray for him.
The pope responded to a letter written by Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., who, at age 16, received a prison sentence of 11 years for involuntary manslaughter due to his involvement in a Los Angeles gang.
The Catholic Church doesn't need the "blood money" of benefactors, but rather faithful Christians seeking Jesus' mercy, Pope Francis said in an address this week.
While speaking to the General Audience at the Vatican, the pontiff said that the Catholic Church will not accept money from donors who have earned their profits through immoral means, including underpaid labor practices.
"Some donors come to the Church offering profits from the blood of people who have been exploited, mistreated, enslaved with badly paid work," Francis told the audience, adding the "People of God don`t need their dirty money." more >>
The 88th Academy Awards reached all the way to the Vatican Sunday night as the cast of the film "Spotlight" publicly called on Pope Francis to ensure priests who sexually abused children are prosecuted for their crimes.
The film, which unexpectedly won the best picture award, is about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into Catholic priests sexually abusing children in the United States.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, a top official in the Roman Catholic Church, admitted in a sex abuse inquiry in Rome Monday that some allegations of abuse against children were dismissed in an "absolutely scandalous" manner by clergy.
Pell, who is the Vatican's finance chief, admitted that there was a strong tendency during the 1970s to dismiss allegations of abuse against children, as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse looked at cases stretching back decades.
Pell, the former archbishop of Sydney, said in his testimony that many allegations "certainly were dismissed and sometimes they were dismissed in absolutely scandalous circumstances." more >>