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From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi"

Vatican: Seal of confession not violated in ‘Vatican girl’ investigation

Jul 13, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Investigators are reportedly looking into the possible involvement of the uncle of the missing “Vatican girl.” Read more

Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) climate change activists Ester Goffi (right) and Guido Viero (second right) arrive at the Vatican on May 24, 2023, to attend their second hearing for having glued themselves to the statue of "Laocoon and His Sons" at the Vatican Museums in August 2022.

Vatican convicts climate activists, orders them to pay $30,000 in damages

Jun 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The activists superglued their hands to the marble base holding Laocoön and His Sons, an ancient marble sculpture, on Aug.... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023.

Analysis: What does Pope Francis’ new ‘Fundamental Law’ mean for Vatican City State?

May 18, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In some ways, the new constitution moves the Vatican City State closer to the model of a modern, secular state. Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis issues new constitution for Vatican City State

May 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new “Fundamental Law of Vatican City State” will go into effect June 7. Read more

A Vatican flag, with the incorrect design likely drawn from Wikipedia, and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Wikipedia had the wrong Vatican City flag for years. Now incorrect flags are everywhere

Apr 8, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Imagine many people’s surprise to discover that the image of the “Flag of Vatican City” displayed on Wikipedia has been... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Feb. 26, 2023.

Pope Francis cuts free and discounted rent for cardinals, Vatican managers

Mar 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinals and other high-level positions at the Vatican will no longer be able to live in Vatican-connected apartments for free... Read more

Runners in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City on Nov. 24, 2022.

Seminarians run a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City State

Nov 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

More than 130 seminarians, priests, and Catholic college students ran in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City... Read more

From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi"

Netflix series ‘Vatican Girl’ offers up conspiracy theories in the style of Dan Brown

Oct 20, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The true-crime documentary series suggests, among other theories, that “someone close to the pope” may have been involved in the... Read more

Pope Francis opens the 93rd Judicial Year of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State, March 12, 2022.

Why does Pope Francis inaugurate the Vatican City State’s judicial year?

Mar 17, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Previously, the judicial year was inaugurated by the president of the Vatican City State Tribunal. Read more

The Vatican Museums.

New COVID-19 rules for visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See. Read more

Sr. Raffaella Petrini meets Pope Francis.

How Vatican City State’s government is changing under Pope Francis

Nov 9, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The appointment of Sr. Raffaella Petrini is a sign. Read more

Sr. Raffaella Petrini meets Pope Francis.

Pope Francis names Franciscan sister to No. 2 position in Vatican City State

Nov 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sr. Raffaella Petrini is the first woman to be secretary general of the Vatican’s governorate. Read more

People wearing face coverings walk past St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican clarifies COVID-19 vaccine pass rules for employees

Sep 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

From Oct. 1, all visitors and personnel will be required to show proof of vaccination. Read more

The flag of Vatican City.

Who is going to be No. 2 in the Vatican City State administration?

Sep 28, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There are signs that it could be a layman. Read more

Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C.

Pope Francis names Legionary bishop as president of Vatican City State governorate

Sep 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

He succeeds 78-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello as head of government of Vatican City. Read more

St. Peter's Dome.

Is the Vatican’s new judicial activism good for the Holy See?

Apr 30, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican judicial system is pursuing cases of financial wrongdoing like never before. But there is a downside. Read more

Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

Pope Francis changes law to allow Vatican City court to judge cardinals, bishops

Apr 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope has amended part of a law issued last year regulating the Vatican City’s judicial system. Read more

The Vatican flag. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis nominates new prosecutor, judges for Vatican Court of Appeal

Feb 5, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday tapped a long-time Rome prosecutor to be public prosecutor for the Vatican City State’s Court of... Read more

Credit: Seasontime/Shutterstock.

Vatican City set to launch COVID-19 vaccinations this month

Jan 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Coronavirus vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Vatican City next week, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims wearing face masks at the general audience Sept. 30, 2020.

Vatican City State makes masks compulsory outdoors

Oct 6, 2020

Face coverings must be worn outdoors within the territory of Vatican City State to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,... Read more