Latest news: Vatican

Benedict XVI's summer plans – rare public events and a visit to Castel Gandolfo

Jun 16, 2015 - 11:07 am .- Benedict XVI’s summer is set to be the most active since he stepped down from the pontificate in 2013, with plans for participation in at least two public events and a two-week stay at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

Jun 16, 2015 - 03:09 am .- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

In Vatican trial, former archbishop faces sex abuse charges

Jun 15, 2015 - 03:07 pm .- Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski will be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court for sexual abuse of minors and for possession of child pornography.  

Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

Jun 15, 2015 - 01:05 am .- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides.

Pope Francis to parents: Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Jun 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.

Caring for creation is a duty for all, Pope says ahead of encyclical launch

Jun 14, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis said Sunday that his coming encyclical on the care of creation is not just for some, but is addressed to all, and serves as an invitation to pay more attention to environmental destruction and recovery.

Pope Francis: Judges should protect human dignity, not violate it

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis spoke to members of an Italian judiciary council about their responsibility to protect man's dignity, and said a culture rooted in Christian values is necessary for keeping crimes and corruption at bay.

Stewardship for God's creation: the Christian landscape behind Pope Francis' new encyclical

Jun 12, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology will draw from decades of Catholic social thought on God’s creation in light of new perspectives on environmental problems, a prominent magazine has said ahead of the encyclical’s release.

Pope confirms plans to visit Central African Republic, Uganda in November

Jun 12, 2015 - 11:44 am .- Pope Francis said today that he is planning to travel to Africa in November, specifically to the Central African Republic, Uganda, and possibly Kenya.  

Airport evangelization: Pope talks mercy, migrants, ministry in the air

Jun 12, 2015 - 10:39 am .- Pope Francis told a group of airport chaplains that their call is to be a sign of unity and mercy for the many different faces and cultures that come through airports, including undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on Communion

Jun 11, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.

Venezuelan hunger strikers arrive at the Vatican with a plea

Jun 11, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- Two Venezuelans on a hunger strike came to Rome ahead of Pope Francis' scheduled meeting with their president, asking the Pope to promote human rights in a country ravaged by a social and economic crisis.

Days before encyclical's release, Pope condemns culture of waste

Jun 11, 2015 - 01:35 pm .- After revealing that the topic of consumerism will be a key theme in his upcoming encyclical, Pope Francis today delivered a speech condemning food waste and the indifference of states when confronted with the topic of hunger.

US joins forces with Holy See in fighting tax fraud

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:59 am .- On Wednesday, the Holy See and the United States signed a joint agreement to promote the prevention of tax evasion at the international level.

Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

Jun 10, 2015 - 01:44 pm .- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East.

When you care for a sick family member, you are a 'hidden hero,' Pope says

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:13 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one.

Pope Francis approves greater bishop accountability in abuse cases

Jun 10, 2015 - 09:07 am .- Bishop accountability in the mishandling of abuse cases and abuse allegations were key themes in the Vatican’s latest round of meetings on Curial reform, which also addressed the reform of Vatican media and finances.

Pope receives briefing on activities at Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Jun 10, 2015 - 02:01 am .- During his visit to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts last week, Pope Francis was updated on the office's important work, which is focused on interpreting the laws of the Church.

Days after Medjugorje comment, Pope downplays predictable visions

Jun 9, 2015 - 07:59 am .- Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje Marian apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith on solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself.

Cardinal Müller warns against adapting Church to today's often pagan lifestyles

Jun 9, 2015 - 01:08 am .- Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness.

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