Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

May 11, 2014

Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

Pope Paul VI, who did much to modernize the Roman Catholic Church but pronounced a ban on artificial contraception that was widely defied by the faithful, has moved a step closer to sainthood with Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a miracle. The date for ...

Vatican says 848 priests defrocked for sexual abuse since 2004

May 7, 2014

Vatican says 848 priests defrocked for sexual abuse since 2004

The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to ...

At U.N., Vatican seeks limit on sex abuse responsibilities

May 5, 2014

At U.N., Vatican seeks limit on sex abuse responsibilities

In its second grilling at the United Nations this year, the Vatican on Monday sought to limit its responsibility for the global priest sex abuse scandal by undercutting arguments it has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman treatment. The Vatican delegation’s appearance ...

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

Mar 27, 2014

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama’s administration remains deeply split ...

Mar 24, 2014

Vatican-bound cocaine seized in the mail

The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised a few eyebrows. German customs officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, the weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. Officers at Leipzig Airport found 340 grams (12 ounces) of the ...

Mar 23, 2014

Vatican chooses victims, women for abuse panel

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission’s course and priorities. Half of the members are women, and one was assaulted by a ...

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

Mar 21, 2014

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

The Vatican library Thursday began a project to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the church to the 20th century, and make them available online. Working with the technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive ...

Pope forms ministry to guard Vatican finances, curb corruption

Feb 25, 2014

Pope forms ministry to guard Vatican finances, curb corruption

Pope Francis created a new finance ministry on Monday to oversee the Holy See’s economic affairs — a move the Vatican said was aimed at helping the poor and increasing transparency following a wave of scandals. The ministry will be headed up by Australian ...

Pope Francis is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Dec 12, 2013

Pope Francis is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for ...

Disgraced priest to wed pope adviser's daughter

Dec 6, 2013

Disgraced priest to wed pope adviser's daughter

Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is marrying the child’s mother this weekend, The Associated P{ress has learned. The bride is the daughter of former U.S. ...