Vatican City

  • Defying pope, Italian church parade stops by Mafioso's house in tribute July 7, 2014

    Rome: In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as "deplorable and disgusting."...
  • Hundreds of thousands watch two popes become saints April 27, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis proclaimed his predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints in front of more than half a million pilgrims on Sunday, hailing both as courageous men who withstood the tragedies of the 20th century. Cheers and applause rang out across St Peter's Square after the historic double...
  • Pope's simple style influencing cardinal fashion February 21, 2014

    Vatican City: No glitzy gold, no rich velvet, no regal fur. Pope Francis' pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers through it is a perfect fit for his call for simplicity and humility among his clergy. The pope's...
  • Pope Francis may visit Sri Lanka on Asia trip February 10, 2014

    Pope Francis on Saturday told Sri Lankans living in Italy that he hoped to take up an invitation to visit their country, where the wounds of civil war still needed to heal. The Pope met a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims, led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, who...
  • Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul February 3, 2014

    Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic. They told a news conference in L'Aquila, east of Rome, that they found the fragment in the...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church January 28, 2014

    Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday. Dozens of police with sniffer dogs scoured the remote area for clues to what the Italian Catholic...
  • Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years for molesting children January 18, 2014

    A document on Saturday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics in the document obtained by The Associated Press for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details...
  • Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 400 priests in 2 years January 18, 2014

    Vatican City: In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained on Friday and...
  • People across the world celebrate Christmas with great fervor December 25, 2013

    People all round the world are celebrating Christmas with great fervor and enthusiasm. People of all religions are also celebrating the festival as it is a holiday season and is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones. ...
  • Boy wanders onto the stage during Pope' speech, clings to him, steals the show October 31, 2013

    Pope Francis was delivering a homily but a little boy stole the show. Francis was speaking in St. Peter's Square about the important role grandparents play when a little boy walked up behind him and confidently climbed up and sat down on the pontiff's white chair. The pope smiled while...
  • Pope Francis toasts 10 million Twitter followers October 27, 2013

    A jubilant Pope Francis celebrated reaching 10 million followers on messaging site Twitter on Sunday, a milestone in the Vatican's drive to spread the gospel through social media. "Dear Followers I understand there are now over 10 million of you!" the pontiff wrote on his nine accounts, which publish simultaneously in...
  • Practice what you preach, Pope tells priests April 15, 2013

    Rome: Pope Francis told priests on Sunday to practice what they preach, saying the church's credibility was on the line. During a Mass to formally take possession of one of the Vatican basilicas in Rome, Francis said ordinary Catholics need to "see in our actions what they hear from our...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council April 13, 2013

    Vatican City: India's Oswald Gracias was among eight high-ranking cardinals from around the world who were on Saturday appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor...
  • Pope Francis urges decisive action against sexual abuse by priests April 6, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are punished, the Vatican said on Friday. Francis, in a meeting with the Holy See's doctrinal chief, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, had declared that combating sexual abuse...
  • Pope leads Catholics into Easter at vigil service in St Peter's March 31, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics into Easter for the first time, on Saturday urged those who have strayed from the faith to allow God back into their lives. Francis, who was elected on March 13, presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St Peter' Basilica...
  • Pope Francis meets Benedict, tells him 'we're brothers' March 24, 2013

    Castel Gandolfo: The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of...
  • Kurien to head Indian delegation to Vatican March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien will lead the Indian delegation to the inaugural pontifical mass of Pope Francis I in Vatican City on Tuesday, official sources said on Sunday. According to the sources, besides Kurien, the four-member delegation includes his wife Susan, his secretary PJ Antony and Kerala...
  • Pope Francis wades into crowds, surprising onlookers March 18, 2013

    Vatican City: Walking up to crowds, shaking hands with surprised bystanders in the street, mixing his formal speeches with off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis stamped his own style on the papacy on Sunday. His humor and down-to-earth manner captivated those filling St Peter's Square in Rome to overflowing, and he worked the...
  • Vatican City: Newly elected Pope Francis appears for first Angelus March 17, 2013

    Newly elected Pope Francis made an appearance for the first Angelus in St Peter's Square. The first Pope from Latin America appeared before scores of people and asked the faithful to pray for him. ...
  • Show mercy, don't rush to condemn, new Pope urges March 17, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 150,000 in St Peter's Square, urged the world on Sunday to be more forgiving and merciful and not so quick to condemn other people's failures. "A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just,"...
  • Want 'poor Church and Church for the poor': Pope March 16, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor. The pope made his comments in an audience with journalists, explaining why he chose to...
  • New Pope returns to Rome hotel to pay bill March 15, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said. The morning after his election, Francis asked a driver to take him to the clerics'...
  • Goa churches hold prayers after election of new Pope March 14, 2013

    Panaji: Special prayers were held during regular mass in Goa churches on Thursday after Pope Francis was elected to lead the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. Goa, which has 27 per cent population believing in the Catholic faith, was holding prayers for the new Pope right from the day when Pope...
  • Catholics overjoyed at first Latin American Pope March 14, 2013

    Buenos Aires, Argentina: Tears and cheers erupted across Latin America on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he could help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Roman Catholics than any other. Drivers honked...
  • Full text: First speech of Pope Francis to the world March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: The following is the Vatican's official English translation of Pope Francis's speech "Urbi et Orbi" delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday night. Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems...
  • Pope Francis delivers first blessing, asks world for prayers March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, delivered his first blessing to a huge crowd in St Peter's Square on Wednesday night, asking for the prayers of "all men and women of good will" to help him lead the Catholic Church. Francis, speaking Italian with a slight...
  • Cardinals elect Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, and said he would take the name Francis I. Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica just over an hour...
  • Cardinals elect new Pope after fifth ballot March 14, 2013

    Vatican City: Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Pope. The new pontiff has chosen to be called Pope Francis. The decision by 115 cardinal electors came sooner than many faithful expected because of the large number of possible frontrunners identified before the vote to replace Pope Benedict,...
  • Cardinals fail to elect Pope after three ballots March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: Black smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel for a second day on Wednesday after a secret conclave of cardinals held two more inconclusive votes for a new Pope to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church. Following an initial split ballot when they were first shut away amid the...
  • Cardinals begin papal conclave in earnest on Wednesday March 13, 2013

    Vatican City: After a first inconclusive vote, Cardinals began the process of choosing a new pope in earnest on Wednesday, praying for inspiration at the start of the first full day in a conclave to choose a leader to face a major crisis in the Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal electors...