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Pope calls space, takes small step for Vatican-Russian ties

Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a call with the International Space …


Indonesia bishop resigns in finance, mistress scandal

A Roman Catholic bishop in Indonesia has resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Vatican goes to court in Malta to recoup investment losses

The scandal-marred Vatican bank has gone to court in Malta to try to recover millions of dollars it lost in an investment fund.


Pope denounces technologies that help people change gender

Pope Francis denounced Thursday how new technologies are making it easier for people to change their genders, saying this “utopia of the neutral” jeopardizes the creation of new life.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Vatican newspaper chimes in – finally – on ‘The Young Pope’

The Vatican newspaper has broken a yearlong silence and weighed in on director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope,” giving the television series generally positive reviews despite what it called the …


Vatican diplomat is now wanted in Canada for posting child porn at Christmastime

Carlo Capella, a Vatican diplomat who was recalled from the Embassy in Washington, D.C., to the Holy See because of a child pornography investigation, is now wanted in Canada on …


Vatican denounces ousted auditor who says he was forced out

The Vatican on Sunday revealed the reason behind the hasty departure of its auditor general, accusing him of having illegally hired a firm to spy on the private lives of …


Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to …


Dana Milbank: Trump’s nomination of Callista Gingrich insults Pope Francis

Let us consider the qualifications of President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Confidant of Pope Francis condemns U.S. religious right

A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview …


Pope Francis adds new pathway to sainthood

Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood – people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good …


Vatican acknowledges past problems at ‘pope’s hospital’

The Vatican secretary of state acknowledged Tuesday that there were problems at “the pope’s hospital” for children in the past, but said the new administration is making a “serious effort …


British baby at end of life support draws in pope, Trump

A terminally ill British child has attracted the attention of both the president of the United States and the pope. More than $1.68 million has been raised to help 11-month-old …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

More allegations of child sexual abuse by priests raise new questions about Pope Francis’ handling of issue

A top Vatican official denied allegations of sexual offenses on Thursday after being charged by Australian police, saying he would take a leave of absence as one of Pope Francis’ …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.


Parker: Godspeed, Mr. President, on your world tour

Out of respect for the purposes of Trump’s trip, we should only wish the president godspeed and, if you believe in a higher power, lend him your prayers.


Pope embraces those with Huntington’s disease in effort to end stigma

Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical …


Trump taps Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

The Trump administration has tapped the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, days before President Donald Trump embarks on his …


Vatican celebrates big bang to dispel faith-science conflict

The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds.


Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis, an ambitious …


Pope warns powerful to act humbly or risk ruin in TED talk

Pope Francis is warning the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin, in a TED talk in which he urges the world to show more solidarity with the poor and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in …


Pope visits Italian region rebuilt after deadly 2012 quakes

Greeted by tens of thousands of faithful, Pope Francis on Sunday visited a region of Italy that has largely been rebuilt after a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago, …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope’s sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

Members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child …


Abuse survivor quits pope’s panel, cites stonewall by Vatican

Frustrated by what she described as Vatican stonewalling, an Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy quit her post Wednesday on a panel advising Pope Francis about how to …


Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices …


Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse …


Sparks fly as Vatican conference challenges China on organs

Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances …


Protagonist in Vatican leaks scandal leaks more in new book

“In the Name of Peter” hits Italian bookstores Tuesday, seven months after author Francesca Chaouqui received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two journalists.