After 1,400 years in Rome, the wood fragment arrived in Bethlehem one day before the start of Advent, the Christian month of preparation leading up to Christmas.
Father Michele Mottola, 59, was arrested this week in Trentola Ducenta, near Naples, after audio recordings said to be of him molesting an 11-year-old girl were given to local press.
The former national security adviser John Bolton is expected to be a no-show on Capitol Hill today just as 'Abominable' will be a no-show in Malaysia after producers refused to follow orders from the country's censors.
Two nuns from two different orders in Sicily returned from a mission in Africa pregnant. The Catholic Church has responded with an investigation.
While less people are attending the Catholic Church, exorcisms and the training of priests for exorcist rituals have increased.
Gianluigi Nuzzi's new book, Universal Judgment, asserts that the Vatican will default by 2023. The Vatican has denied these claims, despite recent financial scandals.
As arguments about clerical celibacy and women's role in the church drag on, activists took out their anger on two statues of Pachamama, an indigenous symbol of life and fertility depicted as a nude pregnant woman.
As the Catholic church continues to grapple with sexual abuse scandals, one Australian politician wants their buildings labeled as unsafe for children.
After asking a state court to declare that she could not be sanctioned for attempting to help her patient end his life, Dr. Barbara Morris was dismissed from her position.
The Catholic Church celebrated the beatification of Richard Henkes, a priest who was an outspoken critic of the Third Reich during the 30s and 40s and who died of typhus while ministering to the sick at the Dachau concentration camp.
A self-described "vigilante hero of justice" was arrested after allegedly attacking a Catholic Church with a crowbar while levelling baseless "human trafficking" claims at the church.
Pope Francis held a private meeting with American priest James Martin on Monday. Martin is well known for his pro-LGBT stance, which has proved controversial for many Catholics.
A priest in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, has been placed on leave from public ministry after being accused of sexual misconduct involving a minor.
Sister Makamatine Lembo makes history, becomes first nun to defend her dissertation on sexual abuse of nuns by priests at Vatican-approved university, wins Summa Cum Laude for her efforts.
"We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns," the Pope told his communications team on Monday.
"We cannot minister to every victim who comes forward and help them out if we don't go this route," said Bishop Salvatore Matano.
Lawyers for the alleged victims call Monsignor Otto Garcia a "fixer" for pedophile priests and "the Michael Cohen of the Brooklyn Diocese."
Some Catholic leaders from New York and New Jersey have organized a demonstration in Newark, New Jersey, against the Trump administration's immigration policies.
Monsignor Joseph McLoone joined St. Joseph Catholic Church outside Philadelphia in 2011, after his predecessor was charged with concealing parish priests' child sex abuse accusations.
A suit filed under New York's Child Victims Act claims Howard Hubbard used his position as a priest "to groom and to sexually abuse" a 16-year-old in the mid-1990s.
"Racism is a sin. God is offended by this," Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller wrote in a series of tweets condemning President Trump.
"I fear that recent public comments by our President and others, and the responses they have generated, have deepened divisions and diminished our national life," Archbishop Wilton Gregory said.
"In the ossuaries, there shouldn't be any recent bones, so if there are, even if it's not Emanuela Orlandi, it will be a problem for the Vatican."
It's not the first time the archbishop has attempted to strong-arm a Catholic school into firing its LGBTQ+ faculty members.
Days after Indianapolis's Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School refused to axe a gay teacher, Cathedral High School fired an LGBT instructor rather than lose its status as a Catholic institution.
"We... recognize the harm that adhering to this mandate would cause our highly capable and qualified teachers and staff," said Father William Verbryke.
"Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem?" he asked. "Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?"
"A pope who is guilty of heresy and remains obstinate in his heretical views cannot continue as pope," the letter signed by 19 priests and theologians says.