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Vatican Communications Chief Says Church Can't Ignore Social Media

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Social media can bring out the worst in people, and even Pope Francis’ enormously popular Twitter feed is peppered with nasty comment...

'Exorcist' Author Receives Vatican Response On Georgetown Petition

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist" and alumnus of Georgetown University, has received a response from the Vatican on a petition he submitt...

Vatican Threatens Jesuit Theologian In India With Censure

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Vatican is investigating a Jesuit theologian from India for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising new questions about whether Pope...

Pope Francis Says He Would Baptize Martians

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis said in his morning Mass on Monday that if Martians came to him asking to be baptized he wouldn't turn them away, Vatican radio reports. ...

Vatican Demands Boko Haram 'Terrorists' Release Kidnapped Girls

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi released a statement on Thursday calling for the release of roughly 200 girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria by ...

Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Link Sex Abuse With Torture

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned inve...

Victims Demand Action From Vatican Sex Abuse Panel

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Pope Francis prepares to address the new Vatican panel charged with tackling the clergy sexual abuse scandal, victims are demand...

Vatican Bureaucratic Reforms Delayed

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or C...

Huge Crowds Celebrate Easter With Pope Francis

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, April 20 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense was...

Pope Francis Baptizes 10 At Easter Vigil At Vatican

Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Eas...

The 12 To Receive Foot Washing From Pope Francis On Holy Thursday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

On Thursday Pope Francis will visit the Don Gnocchi Center, a home for the elderly and disabled in Rome, to wash the feet of 12 residents for the Holy...

Pope Francis Asks For Forgiveness

Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going b...

Pope Francis: An Open Mind Is The Way To Know God

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed an audience for his daily homily on Thursday with a message of open-mindedness. "Even today there is a dictatorship of a nar...

Vatican To Live Stream Canonization Of JPII, John XXIII

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the V...

Pope Francis Confesses To A Surprised Priest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis surprised his own master of ceremonies on Friday by confessing his sins to an ordinary priest in St. Peter's Basilica. The...

Pope Receives An Unusual, Adorable Gift

Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Like his papal predecessors, Pope Francis receives all kinds of official gifts from visiting dignitaries: plaques, religious icons...

The 10 Crucial Days That Shaped Pope Francis' First Year

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

When the final votes were counted in the Sistine Chapel on March 13, 2013, and the Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina had been elected, th...

Pope Blesses Prisoners In His Home

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

In a characteristic display of compassion, Pope Francis welcomed nineteen prison inmates from Pisa and Pianosa, Italy to his home at the Casa Santa Ma...

One Year After Resignation, Pope Benedict Has No Regrets

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tu...

PHOTOS: Vatican Peace Doves Attacked In Epic Battle Of Good And Evil

Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other bird...

What Happened When Pope Francis Visited Homeless Families Occupying A Church

Huffington Post Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion

When it’s overcast in Tor Sapienza the sky looms ominously. It matches the large public housing projects, the sheds and the sketches of unfinished s...

Pope Francis Prepares Major Environmental Statement

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who took his name from the saint seen as the patron of the animals and the environment, is writing an...

Pope Francis Slams Mega-Salaries With 'Crumbs' For Poor

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

(Refiles to remove extraneous company codes) * Pope calls for "rethinking" of economic development models * Wealth gap w...

Pope Francis Wins Facebook

Posted 12.10.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has taken the world by storm with his bold statements, welcoming attitude, and humble acts of kindness since his papacy began in March 20...

The 11 Most Stunning Pieces In The Vatican Museum

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

A new book by Anja Grebe celebrates the stunning art collection of the Vatican by featuring every Old Master painting on display. "The Vatican: All Th...