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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

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

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

Vatican moves to counter gender theory in education

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The Church is trying to promote 'dialogue on the question of gender in education,' Milan's Gonzague Institute professor Roberto Zappala says in a statement

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

Pope Francis to 'go beyond fear' in Romania

May 31, 2019 - 3:23 PM

During the 3-day trip to Romania, Pope Francis is expected to touch on issues fuelling nationalism, such as poverty, as well as inter-religious relations

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 . Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Pope Francis condemns abortion as use of 'paid killer'

May 25, 2019 - 10:47 PM

'Is it lawful to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,' says the Pope

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Vatican says to host South Sudan warring rivals

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The arch-rivals will attend 'an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust,' the Vatican says in a statement

VATICAN RETREAT. This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Female reporters quit over Vatican call for 'obedience'

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'We are throwing in the towel because we feel surrounded by a climate of distrust and progressive de-legitimisation," says Woman Church World founder Lucetta Scaraffia

A woman reads L'Osservatore Romano newspaper before the start of the canonisation mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peter's at the Vatican on April 27, 2014. Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome on Sunday for a mass presided by Pope Francis to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII -- two influential popes who helped shape 20th century history. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Convicted French cardinal expected to resign at meeting with pope

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) The Argentine pontiff could take several weeks to decide whether to accept the resignation

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

Cardinal admits Church files on pedophile priests 'destroyed'

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,' German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a landmark Vatican summit on tackling pedophilia in the clergy

PROTEST. A deaf-mute person dressed as a Cardinal takes part in a protest of victims of sexual abuse and members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 23, 2019 on Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:25 PM

'I cannot refrain from speaking of one of the plagues of our time, which sadly has also involved some members of the clergy,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis (R) takes part in an audience with the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings in the Sala Regia at the Vatican on January 7, 2019.  Ettore FERRARI / POOL / AFP

U.S. clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Two survivors' advocacy groups in the US send an open letter to Pope Francis asking to be a part of a historic gathering that the Catholic leader called for in February at the Vatican

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / 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

Pope Francis reveals team organizing anti-pedophilia summit

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:13 PM

The organizing team will prepare a special meeting on the protection of children to be held in February

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM

'The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,' says Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal accused of abuse cover-up

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, announced last month that he planned to meet with the Pope to discuss his resignation

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2018, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, waits outside St. Patrick's Catholic Church prior to the 24th annual "Blue Mass" in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis orders an investigation into Vatican archives concerning resigned archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/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

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) China immediately says it was hopeful of better relations, while Taiwan insists its ties with the Vatican were safe

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 Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican jails Italian priest for child porn

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleads guilty in the opening day of the court hearing on Friday

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Taekwondo for peace: Korean youths perform for Pope Francis

May 30, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The young Koreans unfurl a banner reading 'Peace is more precious than victory'

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

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 vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis admits 'grave mistakes' in Chile sex abuse scandal

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Pope Francis expresses his 'shame' and 'pain' for the suffering of the victims and pledges to meet them

CHILE SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Pope Francis says he intends to summon 32 Chilean bishops to Rome to discuss an investigation into the abuse carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat in child sex abuse probe

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:26 AM

It is the latest case the Catholic Church has faced after repeated criticism for the way it has handled scandals over pedophile priests

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Turkish President Erdogan to visit Pope Francis on February 5

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:59 PM

The Argentine pope met Erdogan during his trip to Turkey in November 2014. The return visit will be the first by a Turkish president since 1959.

ERDOGAN AND THE POPE. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis upon his arrival for a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on November 28, 2014. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Pope Francis urges peace and understanding for migrants

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:40 PM

Pope Francis marks the World Day of Peace by taking up the theme of the ongoing migrant crisis

WORLD DAY OF PEACE. Pope Francis delivers his message as he leads the holy mass to mark the world day of peace, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on January 1, 2018.  Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/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

Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:31 PM

Despite despite the dry, religious nature of most of his tweets Pope Francis is a powerhouse on Twitter

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Pope dismisses doctrine chief in turbulent week for Vatican

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has clashed with Pope Francis over key reform issues and has been caught up in controversy earlier this year

MUELLER DISMISSED. In this file handout photograph provided by Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis (L) speaks with then-archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during a private audience at the Vatican on April 5, 2013. Osservatore Romano/AFP

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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All smiles as Pope asks Trump to work for peace

May 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

UPDATED Trump s audience with the pontiff a keenly anticipated highlight of his first overseas tour lasts just under half an hour and concludes with both men in apparently jovial mood

FIRST FACE-TO-FACE. US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet in the Vatican for the first time

Trump announces trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican

May 05, 2017 - 12:17 AM

Trump will add the 3 stops to an already announced visit to NATO and G7 summits in Brussels and Sicily later this month

TRUMP'S TRIP. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question at a town hall event on October 6, 2016 in Sandown, New Hampshire. File photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP

Vatican, Myanmar agree to establish diplomatic ties

May 04, 2017 - 7:17 PM

The move comes as Myanmar s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis on the latest leg of a European tour overshadowed by her country s treatment of the Rohingya

SUU KYI AND POPE FRANCIS. Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi meets Pope Francis during a private audience on May 4, 2017 at the Vatican. Photo by Tony Gentile/ AFP

Sex and intrigue of Vatican court drama gets TV treatment

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Italy s Leone Film Group buys the rights to a series of books by Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi on the Vatileaks cases which rocked the Roman Catholic Church with their leaked accounts of mismanagement corruption and waste

DRAMA IN THE VATICAN. A journalist reads Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate' (Charity in Truth) during a Vatican news conference for the release of the document on July 7, 2009. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

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Sluggish reforms blot Pope Francis' 4-year report card

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Pope Francis continues to bask in a remarkable level of popularity around the world but inside the Vatican Curia there is not always the same enthusiasm for the pope

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis looks on as he leaves at the end of a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Vatican replaces image of Pope Francis on euro coins

Jan 28, 2017 - 9:36 AM

The EU s official journal on January 24 has published pictures of the Vatican s new coins and they show that Pope Francis image has been replaced

'POPE OF THE POOR.' Pope Francis his greeted by a prelate during the Vespers mass for the solemnity of the conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle on January 25, 2017 at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

WATCH: Pope urges peace, comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics says he hopes for peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism

WATCH: Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The Mass is livestreamed straight from St Peter s Basiica on midnight Vatican time 4 am Manila time

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

Bishops face sack for child abuse 'negligence' – pope

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:55 PM

2ND UPDATE The decision is unveiled in a papal decree which said such cases would now fall under existing canon law allowing for prelates to be sacked for serious reasons

AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE. Pope Francis leads a mass during a Jubilee for Priests at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, 03 June 2016. Photo by Giorgio Onorati/EPA