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Jean Vanier had ‘manipulative’ sexual relationships with six women

The founder of the ecumenical L'Arche communities that serve people with intellectual disabilities used his status to have sex with at least six women, and pressured them to keep it secret, an internal investigation found.

Northern Italian dioceses take drastic measures against coronavirus

The Archdiocese of Milan has canceled Ash Wednesday services, public celebrations of the Mass and even funeral liturgies until further notice, in compliance with Italian government precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

Vietnamese priest serves villagers quarantined for coronavirus

Since Feb. 16, Father Joseph Hoang Trong Huu has served nearly 11,000 residents in the Son Loi commune, which the government sealed off Feb. 13 for 20 days due to fears over the COVID-19 virus.

‘We are in human misery,’ Franciscan in northern Syria tells pope

A priest has begged for prayers as tens of thousands of people live in plastic tents amid snow and a bombing campaign. The UN has called the conflict "the biggest humanitarian horror story of the 21st century."

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests

The bishops thanked Pope Francis for his 2014 decision to permit the ordination of married priests for the Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional homelands, where married priests are common.

Full look at Vatican wartime role will take patience, archivists say

The March 2 opening of materials from the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, totaling more than 1.3 million documents, will mark the start of a long, slow process of study and analysis for scholars.

Deaf survivors call on Pope, Vatican to release documents on abusers

After meeting with U.N. officials, three former students at a school for the deaf in Argentina spoke in Rome Feb. 20 to demand information on priests who molested them and others.

Philippine bishops release additional guidelines to fight coronavirus

Faithful are being asked to avoid holding hands in prayer and kissing the cross in veneration as part of an effort to stem the outbreak, which has infected some 75,000 worldwide.

Eastern Catholic churches are one in faith, says U.S. Syro-Malabar bishop

During an "ad limina" visit to Rome, Bishop Jacob Angadiath reflected on Feb. 17 how "the beauty of the church" is revealed "in its different cultural customs and religious vestments."

U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops celebrate liturgy at tomb of St. Peter

During their "ad limina" visit to Rome, Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Maronite, Melkite, Syriac, Syro-Malabar, Armenian and Romanian Catholic bishops reflected on the prince of the apostles as their model for faith and leadership.