Latest news: Vatican

Pope Francis talks about his soccer ‘skills’

Apr 26, 2015 - 06:25 am .- Pope Francis is a well-known soccer fan. But what was unknown until now is that when he was a young boy the future Pope was a “patadura”--someone who is not very good at kicking the ball. He himself admitted this in a brief interview with the online sports news site TyC Sports of Argentina.

Pope Francis offers prayers for victims of massive Nepal earthquake

Apr 25, 2015 - 10:44 am .- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of a massive earthquake that shook Nepal and surrounding areas in Kathmandu Valley on Saturday morning, according to a report from Vatican Radio. 

Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:00 am .- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican.

New Greensburg bishop seeks to emulate Francis' focus on mercy

Apr 24, 2015 - 05:14 am .- The Vatican announced Friday that Fr. Edward C. Malesic of Harrisburg, Penn. has been nominated to lead the Greensburg diocese, a role he wishes to carry out by imitating Pope Francis’ compassion.

Galveston-Houston's vicar for clergy tapped to lead Victoria diocese

Apr 23, 2015 - 05:23 am .- The Vatican announced Thursday that Fr. Brendan Cahill, Vicar for Clergy in the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been named bishop for the diocese of Victoria, Texas.

Is dialogue with Islam possible? Yes, and it's needed now more than ever, Vatican says

Apr 22, 2015 - 12:54 pm .- Amid continued violence by ISIS and other militant Islamist groups, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a declaration stressing that dialogue with Islam must be sought “now more than ever.”

Men and women complete each other – there's no other option, Pope says

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:39 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that marriage is a vocation all believers are called to defend, specifically in terms of the complementarity of the union between a man and a woman.

Pope Francis to Cuba: it’s official!

Apr 22, 2015 - 06:34 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba ahead of his September apostolic voyage to the United States.

Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

Apr 21, 2015 - 09:54 am .- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn

Apr 21, 2015 - 04:47 am .- Nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph’s bishop has resigned.

Pope on ISIS killings: Blood of Ethiopian Christians 'cries out to be heard'

Apr 20, 2015 - 05:50 pm .- Pope Francis voiced his distress at the news of a reported mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS, pleading that their deaths may not go ignored.

Pope: Doomed migrants were looking for happiness

Apr 19, 2015 - 08:48 am .- Pope Francis led a moment of prayerful silence on Sunday for the hundreds of migrants killed off the coast of Lampedusa, saying they were like us in their search for happiness.

Apostolic Blessing offered to those who mourn Cardinal George

Apr 18, 2015 - 11:32 am .- In a telegram to Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, the Holy Father offered his blessing to all those who mourn Cardinal Francis E. George.

Will human trafficking make the list of sustainable development goals?

Apr 18, 2015 - 09:19 am .- A top ranking UK anti-slavery commissioner says that human trafficking is not just an issue to be talked about, but one the global community needs to commit with force to eradicating.

Is a 'springtime' of leadership blooming for women in the Vatican?

Apr 18, 2015 - 04:03 am .- With more opportunities opening for women to take leadership roles in Vatican councils and congregations, women are filling the ranks of the Roman Curia on a historically unprecedented level.

Pope Francis to Cuba? It's not official, but possible, Vatican says

Apr 17, 2015 - 03:58 am .- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as his trip to United States, which is scheduled to take place in September.

How much time does it take to reform the Vatican? A lot

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Already two years into the reform process of the Roman Curia, progress might seem slow. But cardinals on the Pope's advisory council say efforts – which may soon include new “super” congregations – are moving forward at a normal pace.

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:10 pm .- Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him.

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Apr 16, 2015 - 04:15 am .- In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to  corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue.

Papal blessings for Asia Bibi’s family, as death sentence still looms

Apr 15, 2015 - 03:13 pm .- Pope Francis has blessed the family of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, as they continue to work for her release.

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