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Call for celibacy debate

DUBLIN (ICN): A prominent Irish priest has said it would do a 'great disservice' to the Church if 'a blind eye' were to be turned to the problems posed by compulsory celibacy...

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Retiring Anglican head meets Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The retiring head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop George Carey of Canterbury, met privately with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on June 21...

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A time for soul-searching

OTTAWA, Canada (CNS): The Catholic Church is going through troubled times because of the sex abuse scandal in the United States and needs some 'profound soul-searching', said the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity...

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US plan to beat abuse

DALLAS, Texas (Zenit/CNS): US Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly adopted a policy that will forbid clergy who have committed sexual abuse from face-to-face contact with parishioners, but it falls short of automatically expelling them from the priesthood...

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Pope not about to step down

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The latest papal resignation rumour has been officially dismissed by the Vatican, and is a variation on an old theme that had Pope John Paul II eventually retiring to a Carmelite monastery in Poland...

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Hunger threat to peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Hunger and poverty violate human dignity and threaten the peace and security of the whole world, Pope John Paul II told government leaders meeting in Rome...

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