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Canadian cardinal temporarily steps down after lawsuit alleging abuse

Ottawa, Canada Reuters Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, one of the top Roman Catholic clergymen in Canada, on Friday stepped down temporarily after he was named in a class-action lawsuit against the church that alleged sexual assault. Local media said Lacroix’s name had been added to a list of alleged perpetrators filed in a Quebec court on […]

As Vatican summit on the Amazon nears, differing camps frame the debate

Pope Francis in Peru

Vatican CityRNS As the Vatican inches closer to a gathering of bishops to discuss the Amazon region, key players vie to frame the main issues likely to emerge at the 6th to 27th October event, from the need for further involvement of women to the possibility of ordaining married men. At a news conference near […]

Gathering of German bishops tests Pope Francis’ efforts for decentralisation

Pope Francis Sept 2019

Vatican CityRNS Following an attempt by the Vatican to exercise control over its upcoming and reform-driven gathering, the Catholic Church in Germany has made it clear that it has no intention of backing down, proving to be yet another wedge in the internal church wars that have plagued Pope Francis’ six-year papacy. At the root […]