The Catholic Church should not have “leaders for life” in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday. 226 more words
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The Roman Catholic Church on Monday began the sainthood procedure for a Vietnamese cardinal who was imprisoned by the communists for some 13 years.
Pope Benedict, welcoming the start of the beatification process for Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, praised him as a “prophet of Christian hope”. 13 more words
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in just two years, for molesting children, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.
The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. 275 more words