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Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016 - 06:22 am .- On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Jun 23, 2016 - 03:06 am .- Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them.

Vatican lends hand in welcoming new group of Syrian refugees to Rome

Jun 17, 2016 - 08:29 am .- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.

Vatican: recent stories about Benedict XVI and Fatima secrets are 'absolutely untrue'

May 21, 2016 - 09:40 am .- The Vatican announced today that recent articles claiming that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI said that the Third Secret of Fatima was not released in its entirety back in 2000 are “pure inventions” and “absolutely untrue.”

Arrests made in alleged terror plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy

Apr 29, 2016 - 02:44 pm .- Italian police arrested four people and issued arrest warrants for two more on Thursday on suspicion of conspiring with the Islamic State terrorist group. One of the arrested suspects was reportedly plotting an attack on the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.

At Vatican, Joe Biden calls for worldwide effort to fight cancer

Apr 29, 2016 - 09:35 am .- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden went to the Vatican for a summit on regenerative medicine, where he offered praise to Pope Francis and advocated for a global push to cure cancer.

After Prince’s death, Vatican praise for his rare gift of music

Apr 22, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- The death of the songwriter, singer and music producer Prince drew reactions from the Vatican and praise for his musical talent.

Cricket for the Queen's birthday! Vatican to play Royal Household

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Last year Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, and on Thursday she passed yet another milestone – becoming the first monarch to ever reach the age of 90.

As he leaves Greece, Pope Francis takes 12 refugees with him

Apr 16, 2016 - 06:30 am .- After traveling to the Greek island of Lesbos, a primary entry point for refugees seeking passage into Europe, Pope Francis decided to bring 12 of them on his plane back to the Vatican as an act of welcome and solidarity.

Pope Francis met briefly with Bernie Sanders before going to Greece

Apr 16, 2016 - 04:42 am .- After cancelling his planned visit to a Vatican conference hosting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) due to schedule complications surrounding his visit to Lesbos, Pope Francis agreed to meet the senator before departing for the small Greek island.

Vatican media guru brings digital perspective to new post

Feb 26, 2016 - 03:25 pm .- There are probably very few people who understand Church communications better than Msgr. Paul Tighe.

Put ethics at heart of climate talks, Vatican says at Paris summit

Dec 1, 2015 - 10:39 am .- In his speech at the COP-21 climate summit in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State urged global leaders to orient their discussion toward a clear ethical objective, one that puts the human person, the poor in particular, at the center.

Vatican charges five in leak of confidential docs

Nov 21, 2015 - 09:34 am .- The Vatican has formally indicted five people for the recent leak and dissemination of private financial documents, two of whom are former members of a Holy See commission, and two journalists.

Vatican shocked over Paris terror attacks, calls for global response

Nov 13, 2015 - 06:58 pm .- After Friday evening's devastating terror attacks throughout Paris that are reported to have claimed over 100 lives, the Vatican voiced its dismay over the events and urged a “decisive” response.

Vatican launches investigation of journalists who published leaked docs

Nov 12, 2015 - 03:31 am .- The two Italian journalists who made headlines last week for authoring books on confidential Vatican financial documents are under investigation, and could face criminal charges.

Vatican aims for child protection norms to be custom-fitted per culture

Oct 12, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- When it comes to protection against abuse, guidelines need to be implemented according to the customs of each country if they are to be effective, said one official of the Vatican's commission for the protection of minors, which met in Rome over the weekend.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sep 15, 2015 - 08:07 am .- The Vatican announced today that Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has been selected as the new head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese.

Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis' visit to Africa in November

Sep 10, 2015 - 07:22 am .- The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November, a plan informally revealed by the Pope himself this summer.

Strong words from the Vatican as migrant crisis spikes worldwide

Sep 3, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- A Vatican official in charge of assisting migrants spoke about the increasing number of refugees around the globe and stressed that they should be welcomed as brothers and sisters – not seen as a burden.

Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

Sep 2, 2015 - 12:22 pm .- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer.

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