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Middleman in Vatican real estate deal in UK arrested

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:44 PM

Gianluigi Torzi is said to be a middleman in 2018, during the final stages of the sale of a luxury apartment building on London's Sloane Avenue to the Vatican's Secretariat of State

Pope says racism 'intolerable,' in reaction to Floyd killing

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:35 PM

But the pontiff also condemns the violence that followed George Floyd's death in the city of Minneapolis as 'self-destructive and self-defeating'

ON RACISM. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope to resume window addresses to faithful

May 26, 2020 - 11:04 PM

With the pontiff now set to return to the window, police will be on hand to ensure that believers and onlookers observe social distancing rules, says the Holy See

WINDOW ADDRESSES. In this file photo, Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the faithful during the Angelus prayer, on December 26, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican reopens

May 18, 2020 - 4:29 PM

'I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,' Pope Francis says on Sunday during his live-streamed prayer

REOPENING. Nuns go through body temperature scanning and security to access St. Peter's Square Basilica on May 18, 2020 in The Vatican during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

How virus changed Vatican's Holy Week, Easter Sunday celebrations

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican

GOOD FRIDAY. Pope Francis presides over Good Friday's Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) at St. Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 10, 2020. Photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Many of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics are observing the sacred days under home confinement

Pope Francis: 'You, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm'

Mar 28, 2020 - 3:38 PM

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at his Extraordinary 'Urbi et Orbi' to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

URBI ET ORBI. Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing after presiding over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church, on March 27, 2020 at the Vatican. Photo by Yara Nardi/Pool/AFP

Pope reportedly tests negative for virus after Vatican scare

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late February

NEGATIVE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020, by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. AFP PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA

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

Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:39 PM

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12

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 as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe. On top of the forced quarantine of 15 million people in vast areas of northern Italy until April 3, the government has also closed schools, nightclubs and casinos throughout the country, according to the text of the decree published on the government website. With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

Vatican closes to tourists – but not the faithful

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:31 AM

A Vatican source clarifies that anyone who expresses a wish to pray at the basilica can still pass through the police barrier and walk onto the main square

WINDOW. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking Saint Peter's square during his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 29, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana/Fabi

Saint Peter's Square, basilica closed to tourists until April 3

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:41 PM

The Holy See says the measures will remain in place until April 3 'in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus'

CLOSED. People gather at Saint Peter's square during Pope's Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the apostolic palace on December 29, 2019 at the Vatican. File 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

Pope to deliver Sunday prayer by livestream due to coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:48 PM

The Pope, who suffered from cough, is also pulling out of an annual spiritual retreat south of Rome to stay at home and get well

LIVESTREAM. Pope Francis waves to the faithfuls as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Mar 06, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin is the most senior French priest to be caught up in a global pedophilia scandal that has seen clergy hauled before courts from Argentina to Australia

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on January 7, 2019 Lyon archbishop, cardinal Philippe Barbarin gestures as he arrives in Lyon court to attend his trial charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Vatican reports 1st coronavirus case

Mar 06, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Some offices of the Secretariate of State – the Vatican's central government – are 'closed as a precaution following a suspected case of COVID-19'

FIRST CASE IN VATICAN. File photo of St Peter's basilica reflected in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:31 AM

Why did Pius XII stay silent during the extermination of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust?

PONTIFF. Pope Pius XII meets with people from Rome's San Lorenzo district, after a violent bombardment caused severe damage to the buildings and the entire neighborhood during WWII. Photo by ANSA/AFP

Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Feb 28, 2020 - 5:52 PM

This comes as Italy grapples with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. But the Vatican makes no reference to the disease in its announcement.

MORE CANCELLATIONS. Pope Francis (L) kisses a child at the end of his weekly general audience on February 26, 2020, in St Peter's square at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope has 'mild ailment,' skips mass – Vatican

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The pontiff very rarely cancels an appointment in his busy schedule

'MILD AILMENT.' Pope Francis blows his nose as he leads the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

7 years after stepping down, Benedict fuels 'two popes' headache

Feb 11, 2020 - 12:58 PM

As the 'emeritus' Pope Benedict XVI continues in his retirement to write on the great themes of the Church, friction has arisen, most recently over the topic of married priests

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 24, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI holds the cross as he celebrates the Midnight Mass for Christmas, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. shutterstock.com

Pope to visit Malta in May

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:32 PM

The visit, to both the main island of Malta and the archipelago's island of Gozo, is the pontiff's first announced journey for 2020

VISITING MALTA. Pope Francis addresses worshipers from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus prayer on February 9, 2020 in the Vatican. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis repeats support for celibacy after Benedict outburst

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The head of the Vatican's press center, Matteo Bruni, quotes Pope Francis as saying: 'Personally I think that celibacy is a gift to the Church. Secondly, I don't think optional celibacy should be allowed. No.'

Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people, on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

Ex-pope Benedict rejects opening up priesthood to married men

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:49 AM

'I cannot keep silent!' Benedict writes in a book, which follows an extraordinary meeting of bishops last year that recommended the ordination of married men in certain circumstances

PONTIFFS. Pope Francis (L) meets with Pope Benedict XVI (R) at the Vatican. (Photo by Handout/Vatican handout/AFP)

Pope appoints new envoy to France after abuse claims

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:15 PM

French investigators have looked into claims made against former ambassador to France Luigi Venture, who has denied the allegations of sexual abuse

NEW ENVOY. Pope Francis names Italian Archbishop Celestino Migliore the Vatican's new envoy to France. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Pope says sorry for slapping devotee's hand

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Pope Francis confesses he had 'lost patience' with the admirer who had grabbed his hand

Defrocked US cardinal gave money to top clerics – report

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:21 AM

Theodore McCarrick, who faces accusations of sexual harassment, sent checks totaling more than $600,000 to clerics in Rome and elsewhere

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Pope shakes up cardinals with further Vatican reform

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Pope Francis limits the college dean's term to two five-year terms – a change from current rules that allow the dean to remain in post as long as he chooses

Pope admits Church losing clout, calls for 'change in mentality'

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'We are no longer the only ones today to produce culture, neither the first nor the most listened to,' says Pope Francis

CHANGE OF THINKING. Pope Francis calls on the Roman Curia to embrace new ideas as they lose influence in the modern world. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope lifts 'pontifical secret' for sex abuse cases

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:10 PM

So-called pontifical secrecy is a rule of confidentiality designed to protect sensitive information related to the governance of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:02 AM

The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) celebrates a mass for the Filipino community on December 15, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Tagle’s office eyed as 2nd most important in Vatican

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The new appointment of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle positions him ‘to be a possible successor to Pope Francis,’ says a Vatican analyst

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'His heart is broken': Vatican prefect Tagle breaks into tears

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Be happy to let him go, the Vatican's ambassador tells Filipinos

NEW APPOINTMENT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle breaks into tears in a Mass on December 9, 2019, a day after the Vatican announced his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle seen to step down as Manila archbishop

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:54 AM

As the powerful ‘Red Pope,’ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is expected to address hot-button issues such as the Vatican’s policy toward China

FIESTA MASS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to lead top Vatican office

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Pope Francis names Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as part of his 'Cabinet,' making Tagle one of the most powerful men in the Catholic Church

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle gives his homily at the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Hindreds of priests from different diocesea of the Archdiocese of Manila concelebrated with the archbishop. Photo by Angie de Silva

U.S. bishop steps down in Church abuse scandal

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The Vatican says in a statement that it accepts the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, from the Buffalo diocese in New York state

REPLACEMENT. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger speaks to members of the media following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone, during a press conference at the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on December 4, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. Photo by Aaron Lynett/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

'Peace prayer': Muslim choir from restive Thai south to sing for Pope Francis

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Wearing headscarves and school uniforms, students assemble in a university auditorium to practice ballads specially written for the Pope, who is in Bangkok for a four-day visit

This picture taken on November 21, 2019 shows Muslim students from the Attarkia Islamiah Institute singing during a rehearsal in Bangkok, ahead of their performance for Pope Francis at Chulalongkorn University. Gripped by nervous excitement, young Muslim singers from Thailand's conflict-plagued south gather for choir practice ahead of a performance of a lifetime -- for Pope Francis himself, who is in Bangkok as part of his whirlwind Asia tour. Joe Freeman / 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

Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission

Nov 18, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Pope Francis, 82, flies to Asia on November 19, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) has a lunch with people on November 17, 2019, at the Paul VI audience hall in Vatican, to mark the World Day of the Poor. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says Pope ally

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Archbishop from Bohol appointed new Papal Nuncio to Spain

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:16 AM

(UPDATED) In a reversal of roles, the new envoy of the Holy See to Spain is a citizen of a former Spanish colony

VATICAN ENVOY. A native of Bohol, Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza serves as the Vatican's representative in the United Nations. Photo by Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis' and Father Pedro's Opeka arrives at the humanitarian association Akamasoa in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on September 8, 2019. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis kicks off Africa tour in violence-hit Mozambique

Sep 04, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The pope is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands during his visit

BOARDING. Pope Francis boards a plane for a trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, at Rome's Fiumicino airport on September 4, 2019. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis to visit poor of Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius

Sep 02, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The pope's decision to visit two of the most impoverished countries in the world is seen as an act of solidarity from a cleric who was a frequent presence in the shantytowns of Argentina

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane upon his departure for a three-day trip to Romania, on May 31, 2019 at Rome's Fiumicino airport.  File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis to create 13 new cardinals in October

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The appointments come as the Argentine pontiff gradually shapes a less European college of cardinals

Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. - Pope Francis has set aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle paedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church again in 2018, from Chile to Germany and the United States. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / POOL / AFP)

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Under the terms of the deal agreed in September last year, both Beijing and the Vatican will now have a say in appointing Catholic bishops

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

Jul 20, 2019 - 2:43 PM

(UPATED) The Vatican said the the ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from two tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery

This photo taken and handout on July 11, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows the opening of one of two tombs within the Vatican's grounds in the Teutonic Cemetery on July 11, 2019, as part of a probe into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy's darkest mysteries. The Vatican is opening an internal probe into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy's darkest mysteries, and opened on July 11, 2019 two tombs within its grounds in the Teutonic Cemetery to see if it holds the girl's remains, after Orlandi's family's lawyer received an anonymous tip-off telling her to look inside the marble-topped grave. Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP AFP

Pope Francis appoints new Vatican spokesman

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Matteo Bruni, who has worked in the Holy See Press Office since 2009 and coordinated the press on the pontiff's international trips since 2013, takes over from interim spokesman Alessandro Gisotti

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (C) greets journalists on his flight from Rome to Havana on September 19, 2015. File photo by Tony Gentile/AFP

Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'The last thing I expected was to find empty tombs,' says Emanuela Orlandi's brother Pietro, who has never stopped hoping to find his sister alive

Pietro Orlandi, the brother or Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy's darkest mysteries, poses Via della Conciliazione in Rome on July 10, 2019 with the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica in background. The Vatican is opening an internal probe into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy's darkest mysteries, and said it will open on July 11, 2019 two tombs within its grounds in the Teutonic Cemetery to see if it holds the girl's remains, after Orlandi's family's lawyer received an anonymous tip-off telling her to look inside the marble-topped grave. Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Pope Francis tells migrant mass 'no one exempt' from helping

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:36 AM

The Pope says 'the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped...This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt'

BLESSING. This photo taken and handout on July 8, 2019 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis blessing a child as he celebrates a mass for migrants on July 8, 2019 in the Vatican. Handout/Vatican Media/AFP