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Gloria Branciani, center, is flanked by lawyer Laura Sgro, left, and Mirjam Kovac, former member of the Loyola community of sisters co-founded by Father Marko Rupnik, during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Gloria Branciani, 59, is one of the first women who accused Rev. Marko Rupnik, a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse. Gloria Branciani went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered Rupnik for 30 years.

The Vatican’s problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Gloria Branciani, center, is flanked by lawyer Laura Sgro, left, and Mirjam Kovac, former member of the Loyola community of sisters co-founded by Father Marko Rupnik, during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Gloria Branciani, 59, is one of the first women who accused Rev. Marko Rupnik, a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse. Gloria Branciani went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered Rupnik for 30 years.

February 25, 2024, 6:20am Churches & Religion

One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. Read story

President Joe Biden, with from left, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Mike Johnson of La., pray and listen Feb. 1 during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Capitol in Washington. Johnson has spoken in the past of his belief America was founded as a Christian nation. Biden, while citing his own Catholic faith, has spoken of values shared by people of &ldquo;any other faith, or no faith at all.&rdquo; (J.

Christian-nation idea fuels U.S. conservatives

President Joe Biden, with from left, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Mike Johnson of La., pray and listen Feb. 1 during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Capitol in Washington. Johnson has spoken in the past of his belief America was founded as a Christian nation. Biden, while citing his own Catholic faith, has spoken of values shared by people of &ldquo;any other faith, or no faith at all.&rdquo; (J.

February 24, 2024, 6:03am Churches & Religion

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t mention Christianity or any specific religion. The Declaration of Independence famously proclaims that people’s rights come from a “Creator” and “Nature’s God” — but doesn’t specify who that is. Read story

Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, has worked for two years on legislation to require clergy in Washington to report child abuse or neglect. Her latest legislation lapsed in a House committee on Wednesday.

Legislation requiring clergy to report child abuse stalls again in Olympia

Sen. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, has worked for two years on legislation to require clergy in Washington to report child abuse or neglect. Her latest legislation lapsed in a House committee on Wednesday.

February 22, 2024, 7:34pm Churches & Religion

An attempt to require clergy to report child abuse or neglect met a quiet end Wednesday amid disagreement between the House and Senate on whether to exclude information shared in confession. Read story

Prefect of the Archivio Apostolico Vaticano, Bishop Sergio Pagano speaks in his office at The Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, during an interview with The Associated Press. In a new book-length interview with Italian journalist Massimo Franco, &ldquo;Secretum&rdquo;, Pagano divulges some of the unknown or behind-the-scenes details of well-known sagas of the Holy See and its relations with the outside world over the past 12 centuries. From Napoleon&rsquo;s sacking of the archive in 1810 to the Galileo affair and the peculiar conclave of 1922 that was financed almost entirely by donations from U.S. Catholics.

The keeper of the Vatican’s secrets is retiring. Here’s what he wants you to know

Prefect of the Archivio Apostolico Vaticano, Bishop Sergio Pagano speaks in his office at The Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, during an interview with The Associated Press. In a new book-length interview with Italian journalist Massimo Franco, &ldquo;Secretum&rdquo;, Pagano divulges some of the unknown or behind-the-scenes details of well-known sagas of the Holy See and its relations with the outside world over the past 12 centuries. From Napoleon&rsquo;s sacking of the archive in 1810 to the Galileo affair and the peculiar conclave of 1922 that was financed almost entirely by donations from U.S. Catholics.

February 19, 2024, 12:42pm Churches & Religion

The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word “Secret” from its title. Read story

FILE - A Mexican mariachi band surrounded by heart-shaped balloons awaits the arrival of a couple&rsquo;s marriage proposal ceremony at the Lake Hollywood Park in Los Angeles on Valentine&rsquo;s Day, Feb. 14, 2022. In 2024, Feb. 14 is a holiday heavyweight due to a calendar collision of events &mdash; it&rsquo;s Valentine&rsquo;s Day and Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day this year. Here’s what you need to know

FILE - A Mexican mariachi band surrounded by heart-shaped balloons awaits the arrival of a couple&rsquo;s marriage proposal ceremony at the Lake Hollywood Park in Los Angeles on Valentine&rsquo;s Day, Feb. 14, 2022. In 2024, Feb. 14 is a holiday heavyweight due to a calendar collision of events &mdash; it&rsquo;s Valentine&rsquo;s Day and Ash Wednesday.

February 13, 2024, 1:59pm Churches & Religion

Feb. 14 is a holiday heavyweight this year due to a calendar collision of events. Read story

In this image distributed by Vatican Media, Argentine President Javier Milei, second from left, his sister and Secretary-General of the Presidency Karina Milei, left, and Foreign Minister Diana Mondino, right, exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they arrive in the pontiff&#039;s studio at The Vatican for a private audience, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Milei, who will meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni later in the day, attended the canonization of the first Argentine female saint, Mar&iacute;a Antonia de Paz y Figueroa also known as &quot;Mama Antula&quot; in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica on Sunday. In the background is Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Cristofaro Vannucci known as Il Perugino&#039;s &#039;The resurrection of Christ&#039; (1499).

After rough start, pope and Argentina’s Milei meet amid speculation Francis might finally go home

In this image distributed by Vatican Media, Argentine President Javier Milei, second from left, his sister and Secretary-General of the Presidency Karina Milei, left, and Foreign Minister Diana Mondino, right, exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they arrive in the pontiff&#039;s studio at The Vatican for a private audience, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Milei, who will meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni later in the day, attended the canonization of the first Argentine female saint, Mar&iacute;a Antonia de Paz y Figueroa also known as &quot;Mama Antula&quot; in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica on Sunday. In the background is Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Cristofaro Vannucci known as Il Perugino&#039;s &#039;The resurrection of Christ&#039; (1499).

February 12, 2024, 2:33pm Churches & Religion

Despite their rocky start, Argentina's President Javier Milei and Pope Francis appeared to have hit it off as they held their first meeting Monday amid speculation that the Argentine pontiff might finally go home for a visit later this year. Read story

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

Reluctant pastor’s son to most-viewed preacher: Shooting puts new spotlight on Joel Osteen

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston.

February 12, 2024, 10:34am Churches & Religion

Joel Osteen is one of the most familiar faces in American religion. Read story

The Rev. James Martin, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., left, and Rev. Eric Andrews attend the closing Mass on June 18 for the Outreach conference at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York. Martin is the founder of Outreach, a unique Jesuit-run program of outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics.

Jesuits expand Outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics

The Rev. James Martin, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., left, and Rev. Eric Andrews attend the closing Mass on June 18 for the Outreach conference at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York. Martin is the founder of Outreach, a unique Jesuit-run program of outreach to LGBTQ+ Catholics.

February 10, 2024, 6:05am Churches & Religion

Even as Catholic dogma continues to repudiate same-sex marriage and gender transition, one of the most prominent religious orders in the United States — the Jesuits — is strengthening a unique outreach program for LGBTQ+ Catholics. Read story

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Washington Senate strikes ‘delicate’ balance on rules for clergy reporting child abuse

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February 9, 2024, 7:29am Churches & Religion

Washington lawmakers are trying to thread the needle on when religious leaders must report child abuse. Read story

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

3 ‘parish families’ ahead: Catholic parishes in Clark County revamped in Seattle archdiocese plan

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

February 7, 2024, 6:06am Churches & Religion

Local Catholic churches have fewer engaged parishioners, a shortage of priests, dwindling finances and deteriorating campuses, leading the Archdiocese of Seattle to consolidate 136 parishes into 60. Read story