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Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C.

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

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?

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

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

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

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Vatican City set to launch COVID-19 vaccinations this month

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

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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis appoints extra prosecutor to Vatican City court

Pope Francis Monday named an Italian lawyer and professor of commercial law to work as an additional prosecutor in the... Read more

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020.

Vatican does coronavirus testing, says Pope Francis does not have virus

The Vatican said Saturday Pope Francis does not have the coronavirus, and that recent testing of 170 Holy See employees... Read more

Skyline of the Octagonal Court in Pio-Clementino Museum, Vatican City.

Pope Francis reforms Vatican City courts with new law

The new law provides enhanced safeguards for the independence of judges and prosecutors in Vatican City.  Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican prosecutors conduct raid on Secretariat of State offices

Vatican prosecutors seized documents and electronic devices in a raid executed Tuesday at the offices of the most senior curial... Read more

Pope Francis May 22, 2018.

Pope Francis issues child protection laws for Vatican City State, Roman Curia

Pope Francis Friday issued new laws and guidelines on the protection of minors for those working within Vatican City State... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Vatican postpones criminal trial of ex-nuncio on pedophilia charges

The criminal court of Vatican City State held on Saturday the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski, the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Vatican judiciary report highlights increased international cooperation

The Vatican enhanced international cooperation following the reform of the state's penal code and its anti-money laundering laws, according to... Read more