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St. Peter's Dome.

Vatican letter says modern individualism reflects ancient heresies

A new letter issued by the Vatican's doctrinal office has reaffirmed that Christian salvation can only come through Christ and... Read more

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

With reported demonic possessions on the rise in Italy, the Vatican is hosting a weeklong training to better prepare exorcists... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen calls China deal 'suicide,' blames papal advisors

In a recent blog post Cardinal Joseph Zen has issued another harsh critique of the rumored Vatican-China deal on the... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Papal advisers focus on reducing cost, accelerating response to abuse

In their latest round of meetings, Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals discussed several key topics related to episcopal conferences, the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica covered in snow Feb. 26, 2018.

Snowball fight! Rare snowfall leads to fun, frenzy in Rome

Many were skeptical, but when Romans awoke Monday morning the forecast was right: the city was covered in a blanket... Read more

Flags of the People's Republic of China and Vatican City.

Expert says religious freedom critical for Vatican-China bishop deal

A missionary priest and expert on the Church in China has expressed cautioun, and a limited optimism, about a rumored... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: Two former IOR senior managers found guilty of mismanagement

A Vatican Court has found two former IOR senior managers liable for mismanagement, and ordered them to compensate the IOR... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun speaks at the Asianews Conference at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen continues criticism of possible Vatican-China deal

Cardinal Joseph Zen again had harsh words for the Vatican on Friday, saying that the proposed deal between the Vatican... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Vatican is ready to surrender to the Chinese communist party’

A possible Vatican agreement with the Chinese government has prompted feelings of unease and fears of betrayal, Cardinal Joseph Zen... Read more

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Shantou, China.

Analysis: Possible deal could 'enlarge the cage' of Chinese Catholics, Vatican sources say

 In the Vatican, there is a saying about China: “China has the sharp end of the stick. Any time the... Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Vatican-China bishops deal is 'imminent', sources say

Several sources familiar with a proposed deal between the Chinese government and the Holy See have said the landmark agreement... Read more

Young people wait to meet Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by... Read more

Vatican communications see new growth after rebranding

After the recent re-branding and consolidation of the Vatican's various media outlets, their social media platforms have now reached a... Read more

St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has the largest collection of relics outside of Rome. August 7, 2015.

Treat saints' relics right, says new Vatican directive

The relics of Christian saints and blesseds deserve special care and their authenticity must be certified by the Church, the... Read more

Analysis: What the Vatican does to stop money laundering

The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee has praised the Holy See’s financial intelligence unit, the Financial Information Authority, in a... Read more

A view overlooking Jerusalem in March 2017.

Vatican voices concern over Trump's Jerusalem move

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,... Read more

Archbishop Pawlowski.

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly... Read more

Europe must be built on responsible freedom, EU religious freedom envoy says

The European Union’s special envoy for religious freedom has called for “responsible freedom,” in the wake of the Vatican-based (Re)Thinking... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary Major October 12, 2017.

Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican on health grounds

In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes... Read more

Vatican to host nuclear disarmament conference

The Vatican is preparing for a conference on nuclear disarmament this week in the wake of an international effort to... Read more