Pope blasts violence in Mexico as he mourns 2 slain Jesuits

Pope Francis on June 22 blasted the violence that plagues Mexico as he mourned the slayings of two of his "brother" Jesuits who were gunned down in a remote Mexican church by apparent drug gang members.

UK sanctions Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill over war support

Britain announced a new round of sanctions June 16 against Russia, targeting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine as well as Russia's children's rights commissioner.

Phoenix Diocese's new bishop has hopes for transparency

The next bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix said June 10 that he will strive to be open when it comes to investigations of sex abuse, though he said he's not yet caught up on the status of abuse claims in a diocese that serves roughly 1.1 million Catholics.


Pope nixes procession but plans Mass for Congolese on July 3

Pope Francis canceled his participation in a religious procession due to ongoing knee pain, but said he hoped to celebrate a special Mass for Italy's Congolese community after he had to postpone his planned visit to Africa.