Vatican

  • Watch: Pope swarmed by fans seeking selfies with him 14-04-2014 11:01 AM

    The selfie-fever has now spread to the Vatican. With Easter approaching, the Pope was swarmed by crowds but this time they were trying to take selfies with him. Watch! ...
  • Tolerant of homosexuals, openly mingles, was a bouncer, owned a Harley, clicks selfies: Why Francis is the coolest Pope ever 14-03-2014 02:56 PM

    From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He might not like his superstar status, but he certainly knows how to work a crowd and he has endeared himself to the public for looking out for...
  • Pope Francis accidentally says 'f**k' in Italian during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican 04-03-2014 11:18 AM

    Pope Francis swore by mistake during his Sunday blessing at the Vatican in Rome. He was addressing a crowd in Italian from a balcony window when let slip the word 'cazzo' that translates to f**k instead of 'caso', meaning chance, The Guardian reported. However, Gawker said 'caso' meant 'example' or...
  • Pope's simple style influencing cardinal fashion 21-02-2014 04:32 PM

    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 Francis may visit Sri Lanka on Asia trip 10-02-2014 10:21 AM

    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,...
  • Italy police recover blood cloth from relic of Pope John Paul 03-02-2014 10:21 AM

    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...
  • Thieves steal Pope John Paul's blood from Italy church 28-01-2014 10:15 AM

    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...
  • Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years for molesting children 18-01-2014 02:31 PM

    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 18-01-2014 09:29 AM

    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 25-12-2013 10:55 AM

    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. ...
  • Little boy sits in Pope's chair, steals the show 31-10-2013 02:09 PM

    Vatican City: 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 Vatican...
  • Boy wanders onto the stage during Pope' speech, clings to him, steals the show 31-10-2013 01:39 PM

    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 receives Aung San Suu Kyi in Vatican 28-10-2013 05:54 PM

    Pope Francis on Monday received Nobel peace laureate and former political prisoner in Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Vatican. The Myanmarese opposition leader is currently on a visit to Europe and was, on Sunday, made an honorary citizen of Rome, the Italian capital. Suu Kyi has become an...
  • Pope Francis toasts 10 million Twitter followers 27-10-2013 09:40 PM

    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...
  • Pope laments 'gay lobby' in the Vatican: Report 12-06-2013 07:28 AM

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" and a "stream of corruption" in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican. The pope made the remarks last week in Spanish during a private meeting with representatives of the Latin American...
  • Practice what you preach, Pope tells priests 15-04-2013 09:03 AM

    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...
  • Catholics hail Mumbai cardinal Gracias as Pope's advisor 15-04-2013 05:27 AM

    Mumbai: The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) on Sunday hailed the appointment of Mumbai's Cardinal Oswald Gracias by Pope Francis as one of his advisors in the Vatican. Cardinal Gracias, 68, was among the eight high-ranking advisors appointed on Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look into...
  • Indian among Pope Francis' advisory council 13-04-2013 06:34 PM

    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...
  • Ridley Scott's next TV series is based on the Vatican 13-04-2013 12:20 PM

    Rome: Hollywood director Ridley Scott has filmed a TV series 'The Vatican' in Rome, starring Bruno Ganz as the fictional present-day Pope Sixtus VI. Scott, who last filmed in Rome the blockbuster 'Gladiator', paid the city of Rome 50,000 euros a day to film in the area around St. Peter's...
  • Pope Francis urges decisive action against sexual abuse by priests 06-04-2013 11:41 AM

    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 31-03-2013 11:53 AM

    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'...
  • Pope Francis meets Benedict, tells him 'we're brothers' 24-03-2013 08:38 AM

    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...
  • Vatican City: Newly elected Pope Francis appears for first Angelus 17-03-2013 08:32 PM

    The first Pope from Latin America appeared before scores of people and asked the faithful to pray for him. ...
  • Watch: New Pope explains his choice of name Francis to journalists 17-03-2013 12:15 PM

    Pope Francis will bless crowds at St Peter's Square on his first Sunday today. ...
  • Charges against Pope false, it's an attack on the church: Vatican 16-03-2013 08:51 AM

    The Vatican has come out in strong defence of Pope Francis after activists condemned the pope for not speaking out against human rights violations during military rule in Argentina. ...