Frontline's new documentary, "Secrets of the Vatican," uses leaked documents and interviews to expose turmoil, corruption and abuse in the final year of Pope Benedict's papacy. It's a legacy that Pope Francis is now trying to overcome.
Divorced Catholics who remarry are not allowed to take communion. And that exclusion may well be reconsidered as Pope Francis develops his plans for reforming the church, according to Boston Globe columnist and author James Carroll.
Remember being nervous as a child before singing at your Christmas play in school? Now imagine that your auditorium is St. Peter's Basilica, your audience is the entire Catholic world, and your master of ceremony is the Pope. In Rome, some 30 children are preparing for just that.
In Brazil, Pope Francis is starting his first foreign trip as leader of the Catholic Church. Many Brazilians are excited, but can Francis quell the numerous protests that have overrun the country in recent weeks?
Italian police have arrested a senior Catholic cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano. He is accused of attempting to smuggle millions in cash into Italy for a family friend. Scarano is also a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration.
The new Pope, formerly Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was head of the Jesuit Order in Argentina during much of that nation's darkest episode, the so-called Dirty War in the 1970s and early '80s. That has led to some uncomfortable questions there about his role.
Venezuela's interim President Nicholas Maduro suggested that the late president Hugo Chavez might have "influenced" the selection of a Latin American pope from "his perch in heaven." But during his lifetime, Chavez ridiculed Catholic leaders in Venezuela.
Pope Benedict XVI is paving the way for Anglican groups to take communion with the Catholic Church. Guests: Retired Rev. George Langberg, Bishop of the Northeast Anglican Church in America and John Allen, correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.
Pope Benedict XVI has signed a decree that shifts World War II-era Pope Pius XII one step closer to sainthood. But there are some who consider him to be very controversial. Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward joins The Takeaway.
Father Peter Hullerman, a German Catholic priest, was suspended Tuesday for sexually abusing a boy in 1980. This has caused a scandal for Pope Benedict XVI, the then archbishop who allowed Hullerman to stay in the Church after the 1980 accusation.
When Pope Benedict XVI was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he did not defrock a priest who allegedly molested as many as 200 deaf boys over the course of decades, according to records obtained by The New York Times.
The New York Times reported this week that top Vatican officials did not defrock a priest who had sexually abused as many as 200 deaf boys at a Milwaukee school. We hear from one of the victims and his daughter, who interprets on the air.
This Easter Sunday Christians worldwide will celebrate Christ's resurrection. The Catholic Church may very well be hoping for a minor healing miracle of its own as a decades-old sex abuse scandal continues to plague church leaders in the U.S. and abroad.
Talking to reporters Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI had strong words about the abuse scandals that have plagued the church, saying, 'sins inside the church' threatened Catholicism, and that 'forgiveness does not substitute justice.'
On Sunday, Australia will have its own saint when Mary MacKillop, a nun who died in 1909, is sanctified by the Vatican. We speak with former Newsweek religion editor Kenneth Woodward about Catholic hagiography, the process of becoming a saint.