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. ...

Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be St. Peter's

Nov 24, 2013

Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be St. Peter's

The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope. The nine pieces of bone sat ...

Vatican unveils new frescoes in its most famous catacombs

Nov 21, 2013

Vatican unveils new frescoes in its most famous catacombs

The Vatican has unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the Madonna and child — and frescoes said by some to show female priests in the early Christian church. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s ...