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Married deacon ordained as Maronite priest with papal permission

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The ordination in St. Louis of a married deacon into the priesthood of the Maronite Catholic Church was done with the approval of Pope Francis, officials say.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
By United Press International

Polish Catholic Church faces first child abuse lawsuit

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Polish man has become the first person to challenge the country's powerful Catholic Church over its refusal to compensate children and minors found to have been abused by members of the clergy.

Media misinterprets pope's message to the world

YARDLEY, Pa., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- I thought it a remarkable turn of events that liberal news sources are complimentary of Pope Francis's recent Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), while conservative news sources are critical of it.
PETER A. LACHANCE, UPI Outside View Commentator

The inequality craze

PARIS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the International Monetary Fund and this year's Davos meeting all agreed that rising inequality is one of the great issues of our time.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Church meets in bar, caters to the 'marginalized'

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The pastor of a church meeting in a Florida bar said his congregation is made up of those "marginalized by their respective religions."
At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Pope Francis delivers Christmas pep talk to Curia

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Pope Francis Saturday urged the Roman Catholic Church's governing body to maintain an attitude of service while on the job.

Suspect in attack on Pennsylvania nun denies guilt

ALQUIPPA, Pa., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A young Pennsylvania suspect denied any involvement in the sexual assault of a retired nun last week, the youth's brother said.
Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

Time names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Time magazine declared Argentina-born Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, its Person of the Year Wednesday.

Vatican to put remains thought to be St. Peter on display

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Church said it will put on public display bones believed to be the remains of the first pope, St. Peter.
50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination: UPI reported it first

50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination: UPI reported it first

Nov. 22, WASHINGTON (UPI) -- UPI's White House Correspondent Merriman Smith was four cars behind the president's open limousine, on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
UPI staff
Eyewitness account of John F. Kennedy assassination

Eyewitness account of John F. Kennedy assassination

It was a balmy, sunny noon as we motored through downtown Dallas behind President Kennedy. The procession cleared the center of the business district and turned into a handsome highway that wound through what appeared to be a park.
MERRIMAN SMITH, UPI White House Reporter

New pope biography details Francis' daily routine

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A new biography of Pope Francis says the new pontiff is a good cook who gets up early and likes to the end the day with cappuccino from a vending machine.
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