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 ...

Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

Feb 8, 2015

Serra: Saint or sinner? Canonization has foes in California

California’s history can’t be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. Boulevards, public squares, freeways and elementary schools bear his name. A 26-foot (8-meter) statue of the priest looms over ...

Jan 26, 2015

Vatican culinary tastes revealed in Swiss Guard cookbook

If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. “Buon Appetito” features recipes on ...

Angelina Jolie screens 'Unbroken' in Vatican, meets pope

Jan 9, 2015

Angelina Jolie screens 'Unbroken' in Vatican, meets pope

Angelina Jolie has met with rock stars, refugees and royalty. The actress, director and U.N. special envoy added pontiff to the list on Thursday, meeting with Pope Francis briefly after screening her film “Unbroken” to some Vatican officials and ambassadors. The Vatican said Jolie ...

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

Dec 28, 2014

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on his tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican officials said. The surprise visit by Mehmet Ali Agca, believed to be his first time in the Vatican since the ...