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Pope Wants Closer Look At Vatican's Finance Reform

AP | Posted 11.28.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is trying to get a better handle on the reform of the troubled Vatican bank and the Holy See's finances, naming his...

No, The U.S. Embassy To The Vatican Is Not Closing

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The United States will move its freestanding Vatican embassy into a larger government compound that includes the U.S. Embassy to Italy, a shift ...

Pope Francis' Stunning Critique Of Capitalism

Reuters | Naomi O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders ...

Global Dialogue: Probing the Possibilities

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The King King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue plans to address theological and practical issues that contribute to tensions with a religious dimension.

Vatican Unveils Bone Fragments Said To Be St. Peter's (PHOTOS)

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific ...

The Pope Is Leading And It's Time to Follow

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

It's hard to miss: Pope Francis is a man with a mission - to bring his papacy "to the streets" and to comfort the "untouchables."

Restored Vatican Frescos Contain Controversial Images

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the...

Vatican Gets Serious About Financial Clean-Up

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The Vatican has hired an international accounting firm to scrutinize the department at the centre of corruption all...

Vatican Will Display St. Peter Relics

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican said it would display for the first time bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter, the leader of Jesus’ 12 apostl...

The Pope Francis Effect Hits Italy

Religion News Service | ERIC J. LYMAN | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) First, the name “Francesco” leapfrogged to No. 1 on the list of the most popular baby names in Italy. Then, the city of Rome reporte...

Pope Francis Greets Hundreds In Wheelchairs.. One By One

AP | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has greeted hundreds of people in wheelchairs one-by-one — part of a special gathering in which r...

Pope Francis To Welcome Russian President To Vatican

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on Nov. 25, an encounter...

Vietnam, JFK and Not Dying for the Pope

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Moyar compares the Diems with the autocratic leaders in today's Middle East. I think the comparison is a good one. But there is one real difference; the Diems were Catholics and so was JFK.

The Audacity of Pope

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Will the new pope not only challenge the social status quo but also, like John Paul II, the world order as well? Here are three areas where the new pope could seriously rock the boat, based on some of his utterances so far.

Power To The Pews! Vatican Is Listening

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) In an unusual move, the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to quickly canvas the faithful for their views on topics like gay marriage, divo...

Mortar Shell Hits Vatican Embassy In Damascus

AP | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Eyewitnesses say a mortar shell has slammed into a Damascus building that houses the Vatican's embassy. I...

Pope Francis Steps Up Modern Slavery Fight

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis wants action against modern forms of slavery including forced labour and prostitution, the Vatican said Monday after a meeting of experts...

Pope Francis Offers Heart Wrenching Prayer For African Migrants Who Died

AP | Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in silent prayer in memory of African migrants who died of thir...

New Cardinals To Be Elevated In February

AP | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis has decided to install his first batch of cardinals on Feb. 22 — but he hasn't let on who will join the club of red-hatted churchmen wh...

NSA Denies Spying On The Vatican

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

(Updates with NSA denial, adds Washington dateline) WASHINGTON/VATICAN CITY, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The National Security Agency, responsi...

Vatican Secretary Of State Leaves Hospital After Mysterious Surgery

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's new No. 2 has been released after more than 10 days in a hospital. The Vatican has refused to say...

$20,000 Bathtub And $482,000 Closets Are Just Tip Of German Catholic Iceberg

Religion News Service | Nele Mailin Obermueller and Jabeen Bhatti | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

BERLIN (RNS) The $20,000 bathtub and $482,000 walk-in closets ordered by “Bishop Bling-Bling” — the moniker of Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the...

Pope Francis Brings Down Hammer On 'Luxury Bishop'

AP | GEIR MOULSON and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expelled a German bishop from his diocese on Wednesday pending the outcome of a church inquiry into...

Vatican Crushes Debate Over Remarried Catholics

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday quashed hopes that there might be some wiggle room on one of its longstanding rules about...

Vatican Issues Dire Warning On Sistine Chapel

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican Museums warned Thursday he might be forced to limit the number of visitors to the Sistin...