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The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

As evaluation ends, Vatican says Moneyval inspection was ‘constructive’

Oct 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering watchdog, concluded its two-week on-site inspection of the Holy See and Vatican City... Read more

View of St. Peter`s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on April 1, 2015.

Vatican trial for priests accused of abuse and cover-up in Vatican City youth seminary

Oct 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s criminal court is expected to begin this week the trial of two Italian priests, one accused of sexual... Read more

A soup kitchen for refugees in Athens.

Vatican to turn building offered by nuns into shelter for refugees

Oct 13, 2020

The Vatican said Monday that it would use a building offered to it by a religious order to house refugees.  Read more

Italian poet Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) in a detail from a painting by Domenico di Michelino. Public domain.

Pope Francis: revisit the ‘Divine Comedy’ in Dante’s anniversary year

Oct 12, 2020

Pope Francis said Saturday that the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri should inspire people to rediscover the... Read more

New Swiss Guards recruits are sworn in at a ceremony at the Vatican Oct. 4, 2020.

Four Vatican Swiss Guards test positive for the coronavirus

Oct 12, 2020

The Vatican confirmed Monday that four Swiss Guards have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Read more

The courtyard of the Casina Pio IV, the Vatican home of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Pope Francis names UCLA literacy expert to pontifical academy

Oct 12, 2020

Pope Francis appointed a literacy expert at the University of California, Los Angeles, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Monday.   Read more

Pope Francis receives Cardinal George Pell in a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis meets with Cardinal Pell at the Vatican

Oct 12, 2020

Former Vatican finance czar Cardinal George Pell met with Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican Monday.  Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.

Vatican amends financial law amid Moneyval inspection

Oct 10, 2020

The Vatican unveiled changes to a landmark law on transparency, supervision, and financial intelligence Saturday, saying that the move would strengthen... Read more

Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, center, in 2015.

Cardinal Becciu claims ‘absolute falseness’ of allegations against him

Oct 8, 2020

Cardinal Angelo Becciu insisted Wednesday on the “absolute falseness” of claims of financial misconduct against him.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on March 12, 2016.

Pope Francis to Moneyval: ‘Money must serve, not rule’

Oct 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a speech Thursday to Moneyval representatives evaluating the Vatican, Pope Francis emphasized that money should be at the service... Read more

A sculpture of Hildegard of Bingen by Karlheinz Oswald at Eibingen Abbey in Hesse, Germany.

Pope Francis praises ‘great’ St. Hildegard of Bingen

Oct 8, 2020

Pope Francis hailed the “great” Doctor of the Church St. Hildegard of Bingen in a message to a Vatican women’s... Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis hopes to visit Spain to mark 500 years since Jesuit founder’s conversion

Oct 7, 2020

Pope Francis said he hoped to visit Spain to mark the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, May 27, 2019.

Pope Francis calls for shake-up of healthcare in wake of pandemic

Oct 7, 2020

Healthcare must be made more accessible to the poor in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis: Rediscover the beauty of the rosary

Oct 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis invited Catholics to rediscover the beauty of the rosary prayer this month, encouraging people to carry a rosary... 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

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

Reports say woman working for Becciu received 600,000 euros from Vatican Secretariat of State

Oct 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italian media reported this week that a woman with a company based in Slovenia received at least half a million... Read more

A conference presenting Pope Francis’ encyclical "”Fratelli tutti” at the New Synod Hall in the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2020.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Human fraternity committee to invite youth to make Pope Francis’ vision ‘a reality’

Oct 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican presentation for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, “Fratelli tutti,” highlighted the involvement of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Pope Francis presents new encyclical in Angelus address

Oct 4, 2020

Pope Francis introduced his new encyclical, “Fratelli tutti,” in his Angelus address Sunday, saying that “human fraternity and the care... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 3, 2020.

‘Fratelli tutti’: Pope Francis calls for unity in new encyclical

Oct 4, 2020

Pope Francis presented his vision for overcoming the world’s growing divisions, laid bare by the coronavirus crisis, in his new... Read more

Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on the altar before the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis signs new encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ in Assisi

Oct 3, 2020

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, Saturday during a visit to Assisi.  Read more