Vatican official George Pell faced four hours of questioning about his role in the clergy sexual abuse crisis in his native Australia in an overnight hearing Sunday.
After months of public debate and protests, the Italian Senate passed a controversial "Cirinna" bill that grants legal recognition to nonmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples. The bill passed Feb. 25.
Police in Spain have arrested a fugitive businessman accused of swindling pensioners with the backing of a Catholic priest who worked at the Vatican before retiring to the Canary Islands.
NCR Today: The U.S. bishops' Rome seminary will honor Archbishop Carlo Vigano at a banquet in April.
NCR Today: Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said Feb. 19 that Catholics with well-formed consciences can decide to use contraceptives "in cases of particular emergency."
NCR Today: Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics in positions of power in criminal cases to stop executions at least for the duration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
NCR Today: Pope Francis' questioning of Donald Trump's Christianity was not a personal attack on the candidate, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi has said.
Every bishop and cardinal must watch the film "Spotlight," so they realize reporting abuse -- not silence -- will save the church, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta.
Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who is one of the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, responds to the controversy behind another member's leave.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.