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Pope and Palestinian leader meet, inaugurate embassy

The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans …


McDonald’s heads to the Vatican

The historic arches of St. Peter’s Basilica have a new neighbor: McDonald’s golden arches.


Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful.


Pope wishes peace for those scarred by war, terror

Decrying the suffering in Syria, Pope Francis on Sunday wished Christmas peace and hope for all those scarred by war and terrorism, which he said is sowing “fear and death …


In Christmas message, pope laments children in war, poverty

Pope Francis urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today’s children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and …


Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the “grave sin” of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended …


Vatican’s order against scattering ashes unlikely to change views on cremation in Spokane

Last Tuesday, Catholics around the world received sobering news from the Vatican: No more storing cremated ashes at home, splitting them up amongst family members or scattering them in the …


Pope outlines vision for promoting life, family issues

Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and …


Vatican shelves PwC external auditor, keeps as consultant

The Vatican has shelved plans to bring in an external auditor for its consolidated financial statements but has kept PricewaterhouseCoopers on for consulting services.


Pope drops tribunal for prosecution of sex abuse; clarifies legal procedures for bishops instead

Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them …


Vatican tamps down expectations over women deacons

The Vatican is tamping down any expectations that Pope Francis is about to let women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.


At the Vatican, Biden calls for global commitment to cancer

Saying cancer is a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research that benefits …


After bleak week, Pope Francis offers Easter message

Pope Francis concluded a bleak week in Europe with a message of hope during an Easter Vigil service Saturday, saying darkness and fear must not prevail and “imprison” the world …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2013, 1:23 p.m.

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 …