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Pope Tells Bishops To Practice Zero Tolerance For Child Sex Abuse

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 01.02.2017 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Pope Francis has told bishops around the world they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually ...

If You Cannot Go To Rome For The Holidays, Try To Make It To Dallas!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.22.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

A U.S. première. The Vatican City museums in Rome have long been secret troves of unbelievable art and treasures. Some have never been seen by outsi...

Thirteen Things You Never Knew About Pine Cones...

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.29.2016 | Weird News
Xaque Gruber

On a recent trip to San Diego, I met two Americans (in their 20s or 30s) who had never heard of Maine, the state where I am living. I tried to explain...

With Catholic Votes In Play, Sanders Plans Vatican Visit

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will speak at an event in the Vatican next week, likely broadeni...

Pope Criticizes Conservatives At Key Church Gathering

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.24.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Pope Francis appeared on Saturday to criticize ultra-conservatives after bishops ended a three-week gathering that so...

Establishing Relations with the Holy See

ADST | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home

The Catholic Church has been a political force in Europe for more than a millennium, and more than a fifth of all Americans were raised or are practicing Catholics. Bilateral ties with the Papal States, established in 1848, lapsed in 1867, due to increasing anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

Roman Discoveries

Rick Steves | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Crowds are a huge, huge thing at many major sights, including here at Rome's Vatican Museums. Emerging economies in large parts of our world are creating big middle-class populations with enough money to finally see the Europe of their dreams.

The Vatican Bank's Secret History Of Hiding Mafia Money

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

Gerald Posner's book God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican chronicles the secret side of the Vatican Bank, the Catholic Church's ...

J'aime Paris et l'Europe

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.18.2015 | Home
Brent Budowsky

As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.

The Vatican's Spectacular Christmas Stamps

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.25.2014 | Religion

It's easy to forget that while Pope Francis is a renowned religious leader, he's also the ruler of the world's tiniest independent state. Vatican C...

Vatican Car Used To Smuggle Drugs

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

Two Italians were arrested on Tuesday after French police found cocaine and cannabis in the Vatican librarian's car. The car belonged to retired 9...

20 of the Coolest Tour Experiences Around the World

Viator | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel

Many people equate the word "tours" with the typical big bus excursions led by flag-toting guides that seen at every major tourist attraction around the world. But not all tours are the same.

This Country Consumes More Wine Per Person Than Any Other-- Of Course

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Tiny Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, according to information from the California-based Win...

Next U.S. Ambassador To The Vatican Is Former Charity Leader

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Mig...

No Porters For This Pope

Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

The Pope is off to Rio for World Youth Day, his first trip abroad as pontiff. However, he doesn't seem to be letting the much-anticipated trip go to h...

To the Faithful: Pilgrimage Travel

Dane Steele Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dane Steele Green

Where to go when in search of a LGBTQ-friendly higher power? Believe it or not, they are out there, but you have to know where to look, and how to peel away layer upon layer of spin doctoring to get to the fundamental truths.

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet Pope Francis and Get to Know Vatican City

Viator | Posted 04.09.2013 | Travel

How much do you know about the new pope and Vatican City? Here's your infographic introduction to Vatican City and its new pope. 2013-04-09-vaticancity

Who Is The New Pope?

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion

White smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Wednesday evening, indicating that a new Pope had been chosen. The smoke appeared at 7:05 p....

If The Red Prada Shoe Fits: The Legacy Of Benedict XVI

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I believe that if a man robs a bank, kills the teller, runs out the door and jumps into the getaway car, the driver is an accomplice to the murder. In the context of the Catholic sex abuse crisis, Ratzinger was behind the wheel of the getaway car for 30 years.

Criticisms Of Cardinal Mahoney's Presence At Conclave Reach Vatican

Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony's vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has now reached the Vatican, with at l...

Can You Show Me The Way To The Pope? Nope!

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Popes only get our full attention when they're on the way in or on the way out. They're a lot like flashlight batteries -- most people don't notice them until they've expired.

PHOTOS: A Timely Tour Of Hawaii's Kalaupapa

Sandra Thomas | Posted 12.18.2012 | Travel
Sandra Thomas

Standing in front of the simple white monument marking the original grave of Mother Marianne Cope at Kalaupapa on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai on Oct. 12, some members of my tour group were visibly moved. For good reason.

How Tourism Leads To Economic Stimulus

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 09.30.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

OK, I get it now. Convincing the public to help with economic recovery requires the promise of immediate gratification -- beyond the threat of imminent economic armageddon. This could be huge for worldwide tourism industry.

Report: Vatican Bank Compliant On 9 Out Of 16 Core Standards

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The scandal-plagued Vatican Bank has a long way to go in order to comply with international standards ...