Category Archives: VATICAN CITY

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

Pope Francis has urged foreign correspondents to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, calling journalism an important tool to counter hatred and fake news. Continue reading

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Vatican high court absolves priest of advances in confession

The Vatican’s high court has absolved a top Holy See official of charges that he made sexual advances against a nun during confession. Continue reading

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Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

Pope Francis has given a joyride in his popemobile to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya. Continue reading

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Pope: It’s OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

Pope Francis says pilgrimages can be organized to a Bosnian shrine where the Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared, but the Vatican is stressing that no decision has yet been taken on whether the apparitions in Medjugorje are authentic. Continue reading

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Pope ordaining 19 men to priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis is ordaining 19 men to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica. Continue reading

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Pope vows to fight nun abuse, urges service not servitude

Pope Francis has vowed to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids. Continue reading

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Pope says he may add South Sudan leg onto Africa trip

Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are “mature.” Continue reading

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The Latest: US Catholics welcome abuse reporting protocol

The Latest on new church laws regarding sex abuse reporting issued Thursday by Pope Francis (all times local): 4 p.m. Continue reading

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Pope tells Roma and Sinti people that he suffers with them

Pope Francis has received and prayed with hundreds of Roma and Sinti people and told them that he suffers when he reads about abuse and prejudice against them. Continue reading

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Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. Continue reading

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Religious superiors to get training on nun abuse cases

The head of the international umbrella group of nuns says religious sisters are increasingly speaking out about sexual and other forms of abuse by clergy and says their superiors must be better trained to understand the problem and respond. Continue reading

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Vatican relaunches women’s magazine team after resignations

The Vatican has announced a new editorial leadership team for its women’s magazine, following the clamorous exit of its previous editor who alleged a campaign of delegitimization by the Vatican’s new communications operation. Continue reading

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Pope appeals for evacuation of migrants from Libyan centers

Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors. Continue reading

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Pope Francis donates $500,000 to help migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities. Continue reading

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Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka. Continue reading

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Pope carries Easter candle up aisle of darkened basilica

Pope Francis has carried a lit candle up the main aisle of a darkened St. Peter’s Basilica in a dramatic Saturday Easter vigil ritual. Continue reading

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Vatican upholds sex abuse conviction against Guam archbishop

The Vatican has upheld its conviction of Guam’s ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and has added a further penalty on appeal. Continue reading

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Pope: Women have ‘legitimate claims’ for justice, equality

Pope Francis says women have “legitimate claims” to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but has stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to give women decision-making roles. Continue reading

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