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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.

Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart

Aug 30, 2015 - 07:07 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart.

Are Vatican officials involved in the Ashley Madison leak? Nope.

Aug 25, 2015 - 04:50 pm .- Early this week, a leak of personal data from millions of users of Ashley Madison, a website designed to arrange extramarital affairs, wreaked havoc on and off the internet.

A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 am .- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave.

Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Jul 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable.

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.

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