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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.

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.

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