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Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

New Vatican Secretary of State was 'messenger of peace'

Sep 3, 2013

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the new Vatican Secretary of State, is being praised by a Venezuelan cardinal as a “messenger of... Read more

St. Peters Basilica.

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Aug 31, 2013

Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary... Read more

Father Antonio Spadaro discusses La Civilta Cattolica with CNA during an April 2013 interview.

Jesuit writers get quick answer to papal audience request

Jun 10, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter’s Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope to future diplomats: 'don't be ridiculous'

Jun 6, 2013

Pope Francis warned priests studying to serve in the papal diplomatic corps and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State not to... Read more


Pope personally thanks State department for overtime

Apr 12, 2013

The last month of papal transition meant that the employees of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State worked long hours, so... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013, the night of his election.

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Apr 8, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. CNA file photo.

Pope's election changed headlines but decisions loom

Mar 25, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“The election of Pope Francis marked a change in the newspapers headlines regarding the Church,” according to Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri,... Read more

The three-judge panel of Vatican judges delivers the verdict in the trial of Paolo Gabriele.

Vatican judges find computer tech's testimony not credible

Dec 3, 2012

The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by the computer technician Claudio... Read more

The panel of three Vatican judges delivers the verdict in the Paolo Gabriele case.

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Nov 5, 2012

Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the... Read more


Vatileaks suspects receive Sept. 29 court date

Sep 17, 2012

The two men charged in the “Vatileaks” case will go to trial Sept. 29, according to a communique released Sept.... Read more

The Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele.

Pope's butler will stand trial for alleged document leaks

Aug 13, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI's personal assistant Paolo Gabriele has been charged with theft amid suspicion that he leaked confidential papal documents... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica as seen from the top of the colonade that surrounds the square.

'Vatileaks' committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Jul 12, 2012

The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope stresses importance of fidelity for Vatican employees

Jun 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican’s diplomatic school that “faithfulness” is a key virtue for anybody working in the service... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Cardinal Bertone speaks of 'ferocious' Vatileaks attack on Pope

Jun 6, 2012

The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, believes the continued leaking of confidential papal information to the media is... Read more