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English Catholic bishop resigns, admits affair with woman

UPDATED -- Bishop Kieran Conry, chairman of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said, "I don't think people will say I have been a bad bishop. But I can't defend myself. I did wrong."

Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope says

With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State

Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.

Vatican warns against misinterpreting international law, human rights

The Vatican formally criticized a U.N. committee's "grave misunderstanding" of state sovereignty and reiterated its concerns over "controversial new expressions" that threaten the unborn and religious freedom.

Vatican media need to ‘up their game,’ says adviser

A new papal commission is looking at how Vatican media outlets can better communicate the church's message "of healing, of love, of hope, and of generosity of spirit," said the panel's leader.

Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told the U.N. Climate Summit that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very serious problem which ... has grave consequences for the most vulnerable sectors of society and, clearly, for future generations."

In homily, pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

As fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said.

All nations need to respond to terrorism, Vatican official tells U.N.

Addressing the U.N. Security Council, the Vatican's secretary of state said "terrorism represents a fundamental threat to our common humanity." Nations must come together "to fulfill our primary responsibility to protect people threatened by violence and direct assaults on their human dignity," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.

Pope: Albania proves to world that diverse religions can live in peace

People of different religious beliefs can and must live together in peace, Pope Francis said.

Vatican puts former nuncio accused of sex abuse under house arrest

The Vatican has placed a laicized papal ambassador under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.