Pope Benedict XVI responded to a blossoming abuse scandal in Ireland with a letter that addressed Church failings in handling sexual abuse of children by priests. But he did not promise an end to the secrecy that has surrounded the church's policing efforts.
Many in Ireland are stunned that the once high-flying 'Celtic Tiger' is now just another battered economy – and by fresh revelations of coverups of sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic church as Pope Benedict XVI apologized directly to Irish abuse victims.
In Ireland, news that Pope Benedict is sending a letter on the Catholic sex abuse scandal was met by disagreement over whether the church can regain its moral authority. The letter will be made public Saturday.
Despite persistent myths, St. Patrick's Day recalls a man who didn't alone convert the Irish, didn't use a shamrock to teach the Trinity, and didn't chase out the snakes. It recalls a man who, simply, loved the Irish.
Investigations into charges of sexual and physical abuse of children by German Catholic priests are getting under way, and involve a choir run by Pope Benedict's brother. Did the pontiff know about the allegations when he was a bishop in his home country? "We do not know," a German Catholic church spokesman said.
In an unprecedented move, Pope Benedict XVI summoned all 24 of Ireland's bishops to the Vatican to discuss the fallout from two reports that Catholic priests in Ireland sexually abused children for decades and that church officials covered up the behavior.
From impromptu services held in streets outside damaged houses of worship to the hymns that can be heard resonating throughout the city, Haitians have come out on Sunday seeking strength as they look to recover and reconstruct everything that they have lost.
L’Osservatore Romano, the famously staid semi-official mouthpiece of the Catholic Church, has been seeking to remake its image, panning the blockbuster 'Avatar' but praising Homer Simpson and forgiving John Lennon for his 'more popular than Jesus' comment.
Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, worships the God of Abraham. So why is Malaysia's government trying to prevent Catholics from calling God 'Allah?'
Evangelicalism sweeps through churches, leading some to say that Latin America is emerging as the new center of Christianity.
Ireland, amid fast cultural change, is set to approve civil unions for same sex couples.
Ireland released a report into 30 years of Catholic priest abuse of children in Dublin that found the police frequently looked the other way to protect accused clerics.
The Vatican on Tuesday opened the way for Anglican communities to switch allegiance en masse. Hundreds of thousands of Anglicans angry over the church's liberal stance on women and gays may convert.
Recent attacks by a family-owned newspaper on the editor of a Catholic newspaper have angered the Vatican, something that could undermine his government's stability.
After years of decreasing influence for religion in public life, Ireland’s new blasphemy law has free speech campaigners worried.
Fans from Asia to Europe lined up to watch the movie premiere Wednesday. The Vatican newspaper praised its promotion of friendship and sacrifice.
The government did little as Generations of children were abused, according to the nearly decade-long investigation. Counseling centers report a surge in callers since the report's release.
He was politely received at Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem Tuesday, but clerics, judges, and Hamas representatives want stronger statements on Israeli policies and Palestinian suffering.
As he landed in Tel Aviv, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of need for a 'just resolution' for Israelis and Palestinians
Benedict remembered the victims, but did not visit an exhibit that criticized Pius XII for not doing more to help Jews during the Holocaust.
In Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI sought to stress the importance of religion in public life as a way to find common ground with Jewish and Muslim groups.
His pilgrimage this week is also a chance to reassure Jews and Muslims about Vatican views.
Palestinians are building a stage to receive the pope beside Israel's separation barrier, but the Vatican says he will now speak at a nearby school.