Two convicted in 'Dirty War' death

Jul 5, 2014

Two convicted in 'Dirty War' death

Two former senior military officers were sentenced to life in prison Friday for one of the emblematic crimes of the country’s long dictatorship: the death of Roman Catholic Bishop Enrique Angelelli The court in the northern city of La Rioja imposed life sentences on ...

Jul 3, 2014

Exorcist group wins Vatican backing

Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal. The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican’s Congregation ...

Christians in Amazon pray to the 'Jewish saint'

Jun 23, 2014

Christians in Amazon pray to the 'Jewish saint'

Deep in the Amazon rain forest, right in the middle of the region’s biggest city, lies the final resting place of the “Jewish saint.” Rabbi Shalom Imanuel Muyal, who died of yellow fever in 1910, is still revered by Christians in Manaus as the ...

Pope blasts mobsters for their 'adoration of evil'

Jun 22, 2014

Pope blasts mobsters for their 'adoration of evil'

Pope Francis on Saturday issued the strongest attack on organized crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practicing “the adoration of evil” and saying mafiosi are excommunicated. It was the first time a pope had used the word excommunication — ...

Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Jun 6, 2014

Yasukuni-visiting Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia at a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Vatican said in a statement. It said the talks made “particular reference to initiatives aimed at promoting peace and stability in the ...

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

May 13, 2014

Pope Francis says baptism is for all, even Martians

Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens, should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose ...

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 ...