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After decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

The Catholic Church has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate-level seminaries — the main pipeline to the priesthood — than in nearly two decades.

Catholic chaplains given marching orders barring service to gay couples

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats open to gay couples.

Benedict XVI emerges to defend his record on sexual abuse

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI responds to a noted atheist who had criticized his handling of sexual abuse scandals.

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ explosive new interview


In a lengthy interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments.

Lutherans, Catholics bury hatchet for Reformation’s 500th

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation agree in a joint document to set aside centuries of hostility and prejudice.