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Italian clergyman in Pope's residence tests positive for virus

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Italian newspapers say the 83-year-old Pope Francis has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold at the end of last month

HOLY SEE. File photo of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican taken on December 29, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

'Caged' Pope Francis receives guests – from afar

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The Vatican releases pictures showing bishops seated in armchairs spaced a meter apart, in keeping with Italian government regulations aimed at fighting an illness that has killed 366 people in Italy in just over two weeks

CAGED. People watch a screen live-broadcasting Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus prayer on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 8, 2020, after millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Zombies, brollies and happis: Key moments of Pope Francis' Japan trip

Nov 26, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Here are some highlights of the Pope's four-day trip, which capped an Asia tour that also took in Thailand

IMPERIAL VISITOR. Pope Francis (right) arrives to meet with Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Toyko on November 25, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Vatican ends contract of top anti-money laundering official

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:19 AM

The Vatican statement says: 'Thanking him for his service in recent years (the Holy Father) has appointed his successor,' adding that Rene Bruelhart's mandate had expired

Swiss Rene Bruelhart (Brülhart), President of the Board of Directors of the Financial Information Authority (AIF) of Vatican City poses on March 7, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Putin meets pope, 'welcoming' populist gov't during Italy trip

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Rome's historic center is on security lockdown for the visit with 50 streets blocked to traffic and Italian media reporting that mobile phone signals could be scrambled

MEET AGAIN. File photo of Pope Francis (left) greeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican on June 10, 2015. Photo by Gregorio Borgia/pool/AFP pool

U.S. Catholic dioceses announce abuse 'compensation program'

May 15, 2019 - 8:37 AM

(UPDATED) 6 Catholic dioceses in California launch a 'compensation program as an alternative to court proceedings for minors sexually abused by clergy

SUED. This file photo taken on April 21, 2019 shows worshipers attending the Pope's Easter Sunday mass outside St Peter's basilica on St. Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope resisted ring-kissing for fear of spreading germs

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Vatican says Pope Francis tries to stop people kissing his ring because he fears it could spread germs. This is in response to a viral video showing the Argentinian repeatedly withdrawing his hand from worshippers.

VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis pays homage to 85-year-old Sr. Maria Concetta Esu giving her a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on March 27, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Second Chinese underground bishop steps aside

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican

Chinese tourists take pictures in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Shishi Catholic Church, in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province on September 22, 2018. China and the Vatican will push to improve bilateral ties after the two sides signed a "provisional" agreement on the appointment of bishops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on September 22, 2018. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Polish bishops apologize for child sex abuse by priests

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'

POLISH PRELATE. In this file photo, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate (left) delivers his speech as Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days (WYD). Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Abuse victim in the U.S. sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:12 PM

A man in the US says he was raped by a priest as a child and is now suing the Vatican

Plaintiff and survivor Manuel Vega reacts in front of a photo of US bishops meeting the Pope, during a news conference to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Vatican, in Los Angeles on October 4, 2018. The lawsuit will seek the release of names and alleged files pertaining to more than 3,400 sexual predators held at the Vatican and the disclosure of identities of top Catholic Church officials who were known or found to be complicit in covering up child sexual abuse cases. Mark RALSTON / AFP

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

Pope Francis speaks out for terminally-ill British toddler

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:08 PM

'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope

LIFE. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Medichini

China-Vatican deal on bishops imminent – Chinese prelate

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Under the deal, the Vatican could agree to recognize 7 bishops who were chosen by the Communist government

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pope talks about U.S.-Jerusalem issue with Jordan's King

Dec 19, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah greets Pope Francis as 'my dear friend and brother,' presenting him a painting of Jerusalem's Old City, featuring the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher

VISITOR. Pope Francis greets Jordan's King Abdullah II during a private meeting at the Vatican, on December 19, 2017. Photo by  Max Rossi/POOL/AFP

Holy smoke! Pope Francis bans selling of cigarettes in Vatican

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:24 PM

'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement

NO SMOKING. Pope Francis blesses a faithful during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

'Put down those smartphones!' Pope Francis tells bishops

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:41 PM

The Pope says 'At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs'

ENOUGH SNAPS. Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience at St.Peter's Square in Vatican city, on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis admits to snoozing while praying

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

The head of the Roman Catholic Church confesses he sometimes falls asleep while praying and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye

SNOOZE. Pope Francis ooks at a child as he attends a meeting with members of the Scholas Occurrentes initiative, in Palazzo San Calisto in Rome on October 26, 2017.  Photo by Andrew Medichini/AFP

China priests' fears over Vatican's Beijing olive branch

Nov 01, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Since January Chinese and Vatican officials have met at least 4 times including in Rome to try and resolve the delicate issue of the appointment of bishops – the heart of the dispute

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Greg Baker/AFP

Taiwan VP to visit Vatican amid China progress

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Chen Chien jen will be present for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta among other activities

epa05043808 Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (L) and vice presidential candidate Chen Chien-jen after their registration for the 2016 presidential election at the Central Election Commission in Taipei, Taiwan, 27 November 2015. Taiwan's general elections will be held on 16 January 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Pope names US reporter as spokesperson plus first female deputy

Jul 11, 2016 - 9:05 PM

Pope Francis names a former Fox News correspondent to head up the Vatican press office and appoints the tiny state s first ever female deputy spokesperson

NEW GROUND. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St.Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 10, 2016 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi / AFP

Pope Francis mulls opening door to female deacons in Church

May 13, 2016 - 1:10 AM

In off the cuff remarks the pontiff promises to examine whether women could enter the Catholic clergy as deacons

epa05299799 Pope Francis (L) blesses faithful during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 11 May 2016. EPA/GIORGIO ONORATI

New Year brings fresh challenges for Pope Francis

Dec 31, 2015 - 12:24 AM

The 79 year old pontiff plans to visit Mexico and Poland in 2016 and continue his crusade to reform the Vatican bureaucracy

CHALLENGES AHEAD. In this file photo, Pope Francis waves at the end of his weekly general audience in April 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Pope urges return to simple values at Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Pope Francis ushers in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift giving season and to embrace simple balanced values as violence subdues festivities in the Holy Land

HOLY NIGHT. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Phoyo by Vincenzo Pinto / AFP

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can guarantee stable and lasting peace in the southern Philippines

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. President Benigno Aquino III and Pope Francis exchange views during a private audience on December 4, 2015, in Vatican City. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Skirts versus cassocks as Catholic women bid for rights

Oct 04, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Will the red hatted princes of the Church and their pink sashed colleagues make time to talk about letting women into the Vatican s halls of power?

Pope Francis attends the prayer vigil for the Synod of the Family, organized by the Italian Episcopal Conference, in Saint Peter's square at Vatican City, 03 October. The prayer vigil is held in preparation for the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Pope creates first Palestinian saints

May 17, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The canonization of a third Palestinian – a Salesian monk – is still under review by the Church

Pope names Bicolano as envoy to Australia

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Born in Naga the new apostolic nuncio to Australia is 67 year old Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana

VATICAN ENVOY. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia, used to serve as the nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo. File photo courtesy of www.cenco.cd

Vatican: Philippines to help Pope reach Asia

Oct 11, 2014 - 9:13 AM

Pope Francis trip to the Philippines fulfills his dream as a young Jesuit: to serve as a missionary in Asia which he now calls a great frontier

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (right) and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) whisper to each other during the Synod of Bishops on the Family, held in Vatican City in October 2014. Francis and Tagle will meet again in January 2015 when the Pope visits the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

Pope picks Filipino as Vatican envoy to UN

Jul 02, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Hailing from Bohol Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza becomes the first Filipino to represent the Vatican before the United Nations

VATICAN DIPLOMAT. Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza speaks to students of Fordham University in the United States about serving in Haiti. File photo by Chris Taggart courtesy of Fordham University, www.fordham.edu

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

Blast outside French church in Rome as Hollande visits

Jan 24, 2014 - 4:42 PM

One theory is that the blast was linked to French president Francois Hollande s visit to Rome

BOMB BLAST. The blast happened in Vicolo della Campana

'Jolly' Tagle gets campaign jingle

Mar 06, 2013 - 2:05 PM

Watch a Filipino s campaign jingle for the jolly papal contender Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Hope and dismay among Catholics over pope's resignation

Feb 23, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Pope Benedict XVI s resignation is dividing many Catholics

Vatican Bank ousts head amid scandal

May 25, 2012 - 6:25 AM

Ettore Gotti is forced to resign as the Holy See fights a series of financial scandals