Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

May 24, 2015

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose defense of the poor divided his nation and the Catholic Church, was beatified Saturday at a ceremony attended by vast crowds. An estimated 200,000 cheering worshipers from all over the world packed San ...

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

May 11, 2015

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente — and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. “Bienvenido (welcome)!” ...

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Apr 19, 2015

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. The 4.3-meter-long (14-foot) cloth ...

Mar 9, 2015

Vatican receives ransom demand for stolen Michelangelo letters

The Vatican said on Sunday it had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo that were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago. The theft of the two documents — one a letter including ...

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it's richer than Vatican

Feb 20, 2015

German Catholic archdiocese reveals it's richer than Vatican

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne in Germany has disclosed it is worth €3.35 billion ($3.82 billion), making it richer than the Vatican. Publication of the first full report of its wealth reflects greater financial transparency within the German Church since Pope Francis removed ...

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Feb 19, 2015

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Italian security chiefs on Tuesday approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against potential militant attacks, the Interior Ministry said. A statement after a meeting of military and security officials said they would guard sensitive ...

Feb 15, 2015

Four nuns who founded orders to be made saints: pope

Pope Francis announced Saturday that he will elevate four women to sainthood in May, all nuns who lived in the 19th century and founded Catholic orders: one French, one Italian and two Palestinians. The canonization will take place on May 17, the pope announced ...