National / International News

National / International News

Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope's visit, promoting traditional marriage, other priorities

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. church's ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse.

Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

LIMA, Peru (CNS) -- Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message — a message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.

Pope Francis OKs plan to investigate, judge bishops who fail to act on abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved new procedures for the Vatican to investigate and judge claims of "abuse of office" by bishops who allegedly failed to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse.