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  • Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

    October 13, 2014 5:17 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life... more »
  • Diocese appeals sex lawsuit to SCOTUS Play Video

    August 27, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Diocese of Baton Rouge has filed an appeal with the nation's highest court involving a sex abuse lawsuit in Baton Rouge. It comes as new details are emerging about the lawsuit which was unsealed this week. This case involves Rebecca Mayeux, who is now 20. She... more »
  • Jindal: time to stop flow of illegals crossing border Play Video

    August 4, 2014 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Following an afternoon trip to the United States border with Mexico, Governor Bobby Jindal addressed the 1,071 unaccompanied minors that are being cared for in Louisiana. "What doesn't make sense is to send the word out that if you get here illegally, you can stay without... more »
  • Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies Play Video

    June 12, 2014 5:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - Police say one priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix. Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m.... more »
  • Italian victims of priest sex abuse appeal to pope

    May 9, 2014 4:12 PM

    VATICAN CITY - Italian victims of priestly sex abuse have appealed directly to Pope Francis for justice, calling for a commission of inquiry into the problem in the Vatican's backyard. In letters and a video posted online Friday, 17 survivors denounce the treatment they have received by the Italian Catholic... more »
  • Vatican defrocks 848 priests in 10 years for abuse

    May 6, 2014 12:27 PM

    GENEVA - The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children: It says 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. The Vatican's U.N. ambassador to Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi,... more »
  • Catholics: DOMA decision "tragic day for marriage"

    June 26, 2013 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge released a statement by U. S. Catholic bishops today which called the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act ruling "a tragic day for marriage and our nation." The high court struck down a provision of DOMA which denied federal benefits for... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Delving deeper into the self-proclaimed mystic Play Video

    June 19, 2013 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's new information tonight regarding the financial dealings of a Baton Rouge private foundation that is now under federal investigation. We first told you about St. Joseph Helpers last week. It's a foundation that claims to provide financial assistance to those in need. Since our first report,... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Into the Mystic

    June 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tonight, News 2 investigates a Baton Rouge charity run by a self-proclaimed "mystic" and her husband who face serious questions about their finances. John and Cathy Gabel with St. Joseph Helpers have been a thorn in the side of the Catholic Church for years. Cathy has... more »
  • Catholic Church distances itself from "Mystic" Play Video

    June 11, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Questions are being raised tonight about a Baton Rouge charitable foundation that says it uses contributions to help retired priests, the elderly and pregnant women. At issue is how much money the organization collects from its donors, and how little it reports to the Internal Revenue Service.... more »
  • Jury finds for Ohio teacher fired while pregnant

    June 3, 2013 4:15 PM

    CINCINNATI - A jury has sided with a teacher who sued a Catholic archdiocese in Ohio, saying it violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant via artificial insemination. The federal jury found the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati discriminated against Christa Dias by firing her in 2010. The... more »
  • Francis pays tribute to Benedict, reflects on age

    March 15, 2013 8:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has paid a heartfelt tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever. Francis offered the respects during an audience today with the cardinals who elected him to succeed... more »
  • The Next Pope: Cardinals celebrate Mass before conclave

    March 12, 2013 8:08 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinals at the Vatican have celebrated a final Mass before they sequester themselves in the Sistine Chapel to begin selecting a new pope. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, delivered today's homily, calling for unity within the church. When he mentioned... more »
  • Vatican waiting on 5 cardinals for conclave

    March 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals up... more »
  • Benedict greets cardinals on final day as pope

    February 28, 2013 4:43 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has greeted his cardinals for the last time as pontiff, beginning his final day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics before heading into retirement. During his comments, Benedict promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. He urged his cardinals to... more »
  • Pope addresses crowd at final public appearance

    February 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has made his public goodbye. He addressed tens of thousands of people in and around St. Peter's Square today, in his final general audience before stepping down tomorrow. The pope told the crowd he has had "moments of joy and light, but also moments... more »
  • Pope changes conclave rules, allows earlier start

    February 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Benedict signed a legal document, issued today, with some line-by-line changes... more »
  • Vatican: Pope hit head during Mexico trip

    February 14, 2013 7:28 AM

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI hit his head during his March 2012 trip to Mexico but denies it had any "relevant" role in his resignation. Italy's La Stampa newspaper reported Thursday that Benedict hit his head and bled when he got up in the middle of... more »
  • Resignation of the Pope: perspective Play Video

    February 11, 2013 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Area Catholics and religious experts shared their thoughts on the news that the Pope has resigned. "That period of mourning, that process of morning is really important for Catholics in that transition period. And without it we'll see how Catholics respond," said Michael Pasquier. Pasquier is a religious... more »
  • Cardinal: Pope's decision is 'liberating'

    February 11, 2013 4:11 PM

    VATICAN CITY - A French cardinal says Pope Benedict's decision to resign is a "liberating act" for future popes. The pontiff told a meeting of cardinals today that he will be resigning at the end of this month, becoming the first pope to step down in 600 years. He said... more »
  • Pope Benedict to resign Feb. 28

    February 11, 2013 5:32 AM

    VATICAN CITY - A spokesperson for Pope Benedict XVI says he is stepping down at the end of this month. Benedict made the announcement today before the Cardinals of the Catholic Church, saying that he's resigning "because of advanced age." The 85-year-old was elected pope in 2005. ... more »
  • DA: NY nun accused of theft after $100K is stolen

    November 5, 2012 12:43 PM

    HOLLEY, N.Y. - Authorities say a nun faces grand larceny charges after more than $100,000 was stolen from two western New York churches where she worked. Orleans County District Attorney Joseph Cardone tells The Buffalo News that Sister Mary Anne Rapp is scheduled to appear in Kendall Town Court on... more »
  • Tim Tebow to deliver Easter speech at Texas church

    April 6, 2012 4:24 PM

    GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A central Texas church spokeswoman says New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is set to speak to an expected 20,000 people on Easter Sunday. Tebow is scheduled to address the Celebration Church in Georgetown, north of Austin. Church spokeswoman Tara (TAH'-ra) Wall tells The Associated Press... more »
  • Former priest charged with 52 counts of sexual battery

    March 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    DUSON - Law enforcement officials arrested a former priest in Duson Thursday for allegedly having sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989 while a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) and Louisiana State Police charged Mark A.... more »
  • $300,000 estimated in church fire damage costs

    December 12, 2011 3:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Church members say it will take at least six months to repair their church after flames ripped through St. Anthony Catholic Church apartment building Sunday night. Officials say the fire started on the second floor of the building on Choctaw Dr. near Tecumseh St. Investigators... more »
  • Wisconsin site deemed 'holy' by Catholic leaders

    February 14, 2011 12:31 PM

    CHAMPION, Wis. - The Vatican has named a tiny shrine in a small northeast Wisconsin town as a holy site. The Catholic Church has recognized the chapel in Champion near Green Bay as the location of an official sighting of the Virgin Mary. WTMJ AM says it is... more »
  • Fire destroys historic St. Landry Parish church

    January 14, 2011 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fire has destroyed historic Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Landry Parish. No injuries were reported. St. Landry Parish District 3 Fire Chief Nick Vidrine told The Advertiser the department was notified about the fire at about 9:43 a.m. Friday. Also responding were fire departments from Opelousas,... more »
  • Files show Pope Benedict resisted action against abuser

    April 9, 2010 1:05 PM

    Church files show that before becoming pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger resisted defrocking a California priest who molested children. A 1985 letter signed by Ratzinger cited concerns about the effect that removing the priest would have on "the good of the universal church." The correspondence was obtained exclusively by... more »
  • Thousands call German church abuse hot line

    April 6, 2010 8:49 PM

    The Catholic Church says nearly 2,700 people called the church's national sexual abuse hot line in Germany in the first three days of operation. The church says most callers reported cases of sexual abuse but some reported physical abuse. A church spokesman says some of the cases date back years... more »

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