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Vatican: Stoning In Iran Adultery Case 'Brutal,' May Try To Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's Life

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican raised the possibility Sunday of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to save the life of an Iranian widow senten...

Vatican 'Outraged' Over Police Raid Of Archbishops' Graves In Sex Abuse Probe

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Friday it was astonished and outraged that Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse had conducted raids t...

An Education in Vatican City

xxxxAnnemarieDoolingxxxx | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Every day thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Vatican City, a tiny village nestled inside of Rome, and home to the Catholic church.

New Vatican Dress Code Imposed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

The Vatican has imposed a dress-code for the Holy City aimed at scantily-clad tourists, according to the Daily Mail. Visitors to St. Peter's Basilic...

Gay Priests Not Wanted, Catholic Church Tests For Gays To Keep Them Out

New York Times | PAUL VITELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

...Since the abuse crisis erupted in 2002, curtailing the entry of gay men into the priesthood has become one the church's highest priorities. And tha...

Vatican Sex Abuse Prosecutor Calls For Death Penalty, Hell For Guilty Priests

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican prosecutor of clerical sex abuse warned perpetrators on Saturday that they would suffer damnation in hell that would be w...

When in Rome: From the Vatican to Valentino, a Guide to Eating, Living, and Shopping in Italy

Amy Chan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Amy Chan

An Italy trip can be quite expensive, but for such a once (or twice) in a lifetime experience, I say: If you go Italy, you might as well go all out.

Female Priests: As Sinful as Pedophiles?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

More than half of the Catholics in the world want to see female priests ordained. An overwhelming majority of us wish to see the male bishops who facilitated hundreds of rapes of children held accountable.

New Caravaggio Painting Possibly Found In Rome, Vatican Newspaper Reports

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

ROME — The Vatican newspaper reported Saturday that a new Caravaggio painting may have been found in Rome, but cautioned that further analyses a...

Catholic Child Abuse Scandal: Seeking Accountability

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

The Catholic hierarchy has benefited from too much trust, too much benefit of the doubt and too much latitude in handling the child abuse crisis.

Vatican Reports $5.2 Million Deficit For 2009

Religion News Service | By Richard Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Richard Allen Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican recorded a $5.2 million deficit for 2009 as investment in communication and bui...

Catholic Church Violated by Karmic Thrust

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

The frustration and embarrassment of the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church added another chapter recently, this time in Belgiu...

TECHNOLOGY IN ART: Clicking Michelangelo's Ceiling

Alicia Anstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alicia Anstead

Not long ago, I posted a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel on my Facebook page. This isn't an online slide show or video guide through a Rome museum ...

Gunning for the Pope?

Diane Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diane Winston

Religious groups may aspire to a different standard of coverage but as long as they operate on this side of paradise, I expect journalists to give them the same treatment as they do any other human endeavor.

Vatican To Assume Control Of Troubled Legion Of Christ

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members of the Legion of Christ are waiting for Pope Benedict XVI to name officials who ...

Pope Creating New Vatican Office To 'Re-Evangelize' The West

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is creating a new Vatican office to fight secularization and "re-evangelize" the West – a tacit acknowled...

Majority Catholic Supreme Court Allows Vatican-Sex Abuse Case To Move Forward

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit that accuses the Vatican of conspiring with U.S. church officials to transfer a priest from c...

Pope May Apologize For Priest Abuse, Says Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI may issue a mea culpa for the church's handling of clerical sexual abuse cases when he attends a meeting of the...

Cardinal William Levada, Vatican Official, Left Abusive Priest In Pastor Job

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The pope's hand-picked replacement to oversee abuse cases at the Vatican did nothing to restrict a California priest after learning in 1995 that the p...

Deliver Us From Evil: A Letter to the Catholic Church

Amy Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Amy Berg

I ask you, Pope Benedict, how can a self-confessed, convicted pedophile continue to work with children in the church?

Abuse Victim Lawsuit Treats Vatican As Business

AP | DINESH RAMDE and ERIC GORSKI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MILWAUKEE — A lawsuit from the U.S. aims to place blame for priest sexual abuse at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church by claiming t...

James Moriarty, Irish Bishop, Resigns Says He Didn't Report Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Heads are starting to roll in the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal. Weeks after Europe awoke to reports of clerical sex abu...

Walter Mixa, German Bishop, Offers To Resign Over Abuse

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

BERLIN — A leading conservative Roman Catholic bishop in Germany has written to Pope Benedict XVI offering to resign amid persistent allegations...

Letter from the Vatican

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

We realize that this clarification of our stance on the issue of possible church abuse will affect many of you, both directly and indirectly. May we suggest some options to help you?

Pope Promises 'Church Action' Over Sex Abuse Scandal

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI pledged Wednesday that the Catholic Church would take action to confront the clerical sex abuse scandal, his fi...