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The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

The Festival of St. Patrick began in the 17th century as a religious and cultural commemoration of the bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland. In Ireland, there’s still an important religious and cultural component to the holiday, even as it has simply become an excuse to wear green and heavily drink in the rest of the world.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Kicanas retires having steered Tucson Diocese through its worst time

Some bishops treated openness and accountability with a curled lip and heavy feet. Kicanas, who came here to clean up the "pedophilia problem," moved with vim and vigor because Catholic Tucson's future depended on it. ... Read more»

Pope, Russian patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.... Read more»

Fugitive Fathers

How are abusive priests able to relocate abroad?

The Vatican's laws are clear, but often ignored. ... Read more»

Pope Francis needs to do more to stop priest sex abuse, advocates say

Five experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church weigh in on whether Pope Francis has done enough to address one of the the church’s biggest challenges.... Read more»

S. America has become safe haven for Catholic Church's alleged child molesters

The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. The Vatican has no comment.... Read more»

Mexican judge wants to allow same-sex couples to adopt children

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality across the country. Now it could go a step further.... Read more»

Paraguay: No abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

She’s just 10 years old, but in the eyes of the Paraguayan government she’s old enough to be a mother.... Read more»

Analysis

Pope Francis's response to clergy sex abuse tripped up by Vatican loophole

Pope Francis doesn't actually have the power to fix the crisis. Bishops do. ... Read more»

U.S. bishops take aim at sterilization

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations. ... Read more»

Immigrants still surging into Texas shelters

The news crews have drifted away, and the national spotlight has turned elsewhere. But Central American immigrants continue to cross illegally into Texas, and their numbers seem to be growing again. Border officials and charities expect their humanitarian efforts to continue into the foreseeable future.... Read more»50

Analysis

How American nuns prevailed over the Vatican

After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch.... Read more»

Analysis

How far can a reform-minded pope go?

Pope Francis is a change agent rivaled by few other figures in power today. Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine?... Read more»

Photos: Digging for the disappeared in Mexico

Fed up with authorities who haven't found their missing loved ones, citizens' brigades are defying the law to search themselves.... Read more»

Analysis

Exiled priest accuses Vatican of heresy

Father Roy Bourgeois has spent the better part of his 76 years like a polemical Don Quixote, tilting against the powerful windmills of his time: the U.S. military, Latin American dictatorships, the State Department, federal courts — and now the Vatican.... Read more»

In El Paso, a mirror of Catholicism's challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there. ... Read more»

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