Francis X. Rocca Vatican Correspondent
  • Vatican City
  • The Wall Street Journal

Francis X. Rocca covers the Vatican for The Wall Street Journal. A native of Washington, D.C., he has written on a range of topics including European politics, higher education, arts and culture.

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54 Articles
3 days ago
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Pope Francis Defends His Stance on Ukraine War

The pontiff defended his practice of not naming Russia as the aggressor in Ukraine, saying that his condemnation of M...

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5 days ago
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Vatican Says China Broke Agreement on Bishops

Chinese officials installed a Catholic bishop as leader of a diocese unrecognized by Rome, the Vatican said, adding t...

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8 days ago
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Pope Francis Compares Russia’s War Against Ukraine to Genocide

The pontiff issued his strongest condemnation to date of Russia’s war against Ukraine, linking it to Joseph Stalin’s ...

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12 days ago
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German Catholic Bishops Face Vatican Critics, Refuse to Stop Questioning Church Teachings

The bishops vowed to continue their national debate about changes to church teachings, including on homosexuality and...

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14 days ago
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Italian Catholic Bishops Release First Report on Sex Abuse

The national study of clerical sex abuse marks a limited and belated move in a country where the church enjoys signif...

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2 months ago
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Vatican Disciplined Nobel Prize-Winning Bishop After Sex-Abuse Accusations

Restrictions were imposed in 2020 on Carlos Ximenes Belo, retired bishop of Dili, East Timor, who shared the 1996 Pea...

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2 months ago
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Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen Goes on Trial Over Support Fund for Protesters

Cardinal Joseph Zen, a 90-year-old retired bishop and outspoken democracy advocate, appeared in court to face trial o...

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3 months ago
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Conservative German Catholic Bishops Block Call for Liberalizing Teaching on Sex

The progressive agenda of German Catholic leaders has drawn warnings from the Vatican that it could divide the church.

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3 months ago
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Pope Francis Beatifies His Predecessor Pope John Paul I

The ceremony brings a pontiff who reigned for 33 days in 1978 one step short of the Catholic Church’s highest honor, ...

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9 months ago
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Associate of Pope Francis Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse in Argentina

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta was sentenced to 4½ years in prison in a case that has raised questions about the pope’s han...

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10 months ago
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In Traditionally Catholic Poland, Youth Are Leaving the Church

Poland is known as Europe’s last Catholic bastion but religiosity among the young is falling, suggesting the country ...

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10 months ago
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Retired Pope Benedict XVI Asks for Forgiveness Over Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases

Benedict replied to charges that he mishandled cases of clerical sexual abuse during his tenure as an archbishop in G...

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