Pope Francis Extends Permission On Abortion ForgivenessPope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.
Pope Francis Sets Up Vatican Commission On Female DeaconsPope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men.
Islamic State Attackers Take Hostages, Kill Priest Inside Church In FranceTwo attackers took hostages inside a French church during morning Mass on Tuesday near the city of Rouen, killing an 86-year-old priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.
Pope Francis Creates Commission To Study Adding Women DeaconsPope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church.
‘Spotlight’ Win Renews Calls To Release Names Of Priests Accused Of AbuseAfter the movie “Spotlight” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are renewing their call for local Catholic bishops to release the names of accused priests.
Deal Delays Eviction Threat For San Francisco NunsNuns who faced possible eviction from San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district because of a rent increase have won a reprieve.
Vatican Fires Priest Who Came Out As Gay On Eve Of Worldwide Bishops MeetingThe Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.
Gold & Silver Chalices, Saint's Relic Stolen From Catholic Church In San FranciscoGold and silver chalices and a cross with a saint’s bone embedded in it were stolen from a Catholic church in San Francisco’s Mission District earlier this week, police said Wednesday.
Ex-SF Archbishop, Now High-Ranking Cardinal Arrested On DUI ChargeA former San Francisco archbishop and one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church has been arrested in Hawaii on suspicion of drunken driving.
San Francisco Catholic Schoolteachers Ratify Contract With Archdiocese By Narrow MarginMembers of a Bay Area Catholic schoolteachers’ union ratified a new contract Wednesday with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, church officials said.
Gov. Brown Says World Has Reached 'Tipping Point' On Global Warming At Vatican Climate SummitAt a climate summit at the Vatican, Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.
Pope Francis’ Encyclical On The Environment Gets Early Praise From Bay Area CatholicsPope Francis on Thursday issued a strong warning on climate change in his latest document, urging the world to deal with the problem now. The document, called an encyclical, has received early praise among Catholics in the Bay Area.