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Pope internationalizes Vatican financial watchdog agency

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named a slate of new members to the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, replacing an all-Italian panel with members from Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.

In unusual step, Mexican archdiocese turns in priest accused of abuse to police

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy. The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.

Ireland investigates report of children buried at former religious home

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Revelations that nearly 800 babies died in a Catholic home for unwed mothers run by the Bons Secours nuns in the west of Ireland from 1925 to 1961 and were possibly buried in unmarked graves in a disused septic tank has put renewed focus on such homes.

Jesuit priest working with former refugees kidnapped in Afghanistan

ROME (CNS) -- A Jesuit priest from India was kidnapped June 2 as he was leaving a school serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan.

Kidnapped Canadian sister, Italian priests released in Cameroon

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- From Cameroon to northern Italy and from Montreal to the Vatican, statements expressing "great joy" accompanied the news that a Canadian sister of Notre-Dame and two Italian missionary priests were released unharmed almost two months after being kidnapped in northern Cameroon.

Spanish bishops praise abdicating king’s defense of democracy

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- King Juan Carlos of Spain received a tribute from the country's bishops after he announced his decision to abdicate in favor of his son.

American-born nuncio sees new enthusiasm among young Irish Catholics

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Young people are helping lead a rebirth of the Catholic Church in Ireland, said the American-born papal nuncio serving in the country. Archbishop Charles J. Brown described the rebirth as the spring after 20 years of winter, saying he sees "green shoots."

Pope, at charismatic rally in stadium, invites them to Vatican in 2017

ROME (CNS) -- Meeting more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome's Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt onstage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues.

Pope blames ‘culture of comfort’ for intentionally childless marriages

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis blamed a "culture of well-being" and comfort for convincing married couples that a carefree life of world travel and summer homes was better than having children.

Peace isn’t mass-produced but handcrafted by ordinary people, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on the world's Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity.