Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted of child sex abuse

Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest who was found guilty of child sex abuse, three years after overturning predecessor Benedict XVI’s decision to do the same.


Religious and indigenous leaders seek to save rainforests

Religious and indigenous leaders from 21 countries gathered in Norway June 19 to launch a new initiative aimed at saving the world's tropical rainforests from the impact of deforestation and climate change.

Catholic groups launch conversation about female deacons

Several progressive Catholic groups are launching DeaconChat, aimed at giving lay Catholics and clergy across the U.S. a direct say on whether the church should ordain women deacons.

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican bioethics board

Prominent U.S. ethicists are among a number of international experts chosen by Pope Francis for his bioethics advisory board.