Colombian Prelate Tells UN Delegates Peace Is Possible

One year after Pope Francis’ visit to Colombia, where he urged forgiveness and reconciliation in a nation seeking to end its 50-year civil war, U.N. delegates attending an annual prayer vigil for the opening of the General Assembly were reminded that peace, while challenging, is achievable.

Pope Francis Pens Personal Letter in Response to Abuse

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such “atrocities”.

Vatican Responds to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow. The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced.

US Bishops Address “Moral Catastrophe”

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement after a series of meetings with members of the USCCB’s Executive Committee and other bishops.

Priest from Nunciature Jailed for Child Porn

After months of investigation, Vatican police arrested Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Vatican Invited to Olympics Opening Ceremony

For the first time, the International Olympic Committee has invited a Vatican delegation not only to take part in the opening ceremony of the Winter Games, but also to attend its general meeting as an official observer.