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Vatican rolls out first-ever guidebook for Arab pilgrims

May 28, 2015 - 09:55 am .- In a move intended to reach out to Arab pilgrims who make their way to the Eternal City, the Vatican has for the first time published a guidebook entirely in the Arabic language.

Think you're important because you have money? Think again, Pope says

May 26, 2015 - 08:21 am .- In his homily Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned against the “counter-witness” of those who seek to follow both Jesus and worldly temptations, saying that to follow Christ means denying oneself and serving others.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.

Statutes for Vatican commission on protection of minors released

May 8, 2015 - 06:37 am .- After meeting for the first time as a complete entity in February, the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors has published their formal statutes, effective for three years.

Who's on the guest list for a Vatican concert? Rome's homeless community

Apr 30, 2015 - 05:45 pm .- Next month the Vatican will invite Rome's poor and homeless to a concert intended to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, which last year boasted over one and a half million in charitable giving.

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.

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.

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.

Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:02 am .- This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives.

The Vatican considers – what does vocational formation look like in the modern age?

Apr 9, 2015 - 01:08 pm .- Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s point man for consecrated life says is not easy, but still full of hope.

Pope Francis brings down hammer, says 'Don’t mess with children'

Apr 8, 2015 - 06:20 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are never a mistake, and called adults out for building faulty systems that leave children exploited and abandoned, rather than treated as the blessings they are.

Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

Mar 16, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis.

Vatican declines ransom offer for stolen Michelangelo letters

Mar 9, 2015 - 02:23 pm .- After receiving an offer from a former employee to regain missing letters signed by Michelangelo for a price, the Vatican has said that it is not biting the bait, but is cooperating with police.

Willy's Story - the homeless man buried in the Vatican

Feb 27, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- Everyone in the neighborhood outside the Vatican knew Willy Herteleer.

Unexpected friendships bloom as Vatican rolls out haircuts for homeless

Feb 17, 2015 - 04:01 am .- As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society.

In sight of the nation's capitol, a massive Bible museum underway

Feb 16, 2015 - 04:45 pm .- A vast Bible museum is currently under construction in Washington, D.C. and has had strong support since its beginning phases from the Vatican, officials for the project revealed last week.

At the consistory, a strong dedication to Vatican reforms

Feb 13, 2015 - 02:18 pm .- Reform was the watchword as cardinals met at the Vatican for briefings about the state of Vatican finances and about the work of a pontifical commission that protects minors.

Vatican: rumor of assassination attempt on Pope Francis 'unreliable'

Feb 11, 2015 - 06:11 am .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists Tuesday that rumors circulating about a possible assassination attempt on Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines are unfounded.

Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Vatican’s continued efforts to help the homeless of Rome have expanded beyond showers and bathrooms at St. Peter’s Square, with a barber shop set to open soon.

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