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  • Vatican prelate detained for stealing confidential papal papers

    A Vatican official who was snubbed for promotion last year has been put in jail for leaking confidential papal papers to journalists, the Holy See said Monday, adding that a …


  • Vatican recognizes state of Palestine in new treaty

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.


  • Vatican has own World Cup

    The Clericus Cup rule book is the Bible of soccer at the Vatican. And just like that other Good Book, it contains certain commandments. The first commandment is thou shalt …


  • Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since 2004

    GENEVA – The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the …


  • Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be Peter’s

    The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a …


  • Vatican panel clears John Paul II for sainthood

    VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the …


  • Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio selected as new pope; takes name Pope Francis

    Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday and chose the name Francis, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a …


  • Not even new pope can stop Vatican league

    ROME – Vatican-sponsored soccer league matches went ahead as scheduled this weekend on a hill overlooking St. Peter’s Basilica. For the 16 teams of seminaries, missionaries and oratories, however, the …


  • Vatican says US nuns must promote church teachings

    The Vatican insisted after a high level meeting today that American nuns must faithfully promote age-old church teachings, after the women were accused by Rome of flouting core doctrine and …


  • Vatican in chaos after butler arrested for leaks

    An already sordid scandal over leaked Vatican documents took a Hollywood-like turn Saturday with confirmation that the pope’s own butler had been arrested after documents he had no business having …


  • Citing ‘radical feminist themes,’ Vatican takes on nuns

    The Vatican orthodoxy watchdog announced Wednesday a full-scale overhaul of the largest umbrella group for nuns in the United States, accusing the group of taking positions that undermine Roman Catholic …


  • Pope reproves priests who question celibacy

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their …


  • Vatican defends transfer of official to Washington

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has defended its transfer of a top official to Washington after he exposed alleged corruption in the awarding of Holy See contracts.


  • Lasers uncover icons of saints

    ROME – Twenty-first century laser technology has opened a window into the early days of the Catholic Church, guiding researchers through the dank, musty catacombs beneath Rome to a startling …


  • Suit claims Vatican knew of abuse in ’95

    MILWAUKEE – A neatly typed letter dated March 5, 1995, is addressed to the No. 2 man at the Vatican and recounts the story of a priest who preyed on …


  • Vatican tells bishops to follow law on abuse

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should …


  • Vatican to bishops: follow law, report sex abuse

    The Vatican on Monday made clear for the first time that bishops and other church officials should report clerical sex abuse to police if required by law. But the policy …


  • Vatican preparing defense against being sued in U.S.

    VATICAN CITY – Dragged deeper and deeper into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that it hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit …


  • Vatican demands bishop recant

    VATICAN CITY – Reacting to two weeks of outrage, the Vatican demanded Wednesday that a bishop retract his public statements denying that the Nazis killed millions of Jews in the …

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