| Dec 28, 2013
| 5:45 PM
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion.
The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:54 AM
The Vatican is offering low-cost sainthood under Pope Francis' austerity plan, according to the Vatican Insider online publication. The Pope's guidelines call for set, fair costs for the canonization of saints.
Beginning this year, advocates of...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Today we have a special Christmas edition of the Pictures in the News with traditional and off-beat celebrations from around the globe....
| Jan 12, 2014
| 9:34 AM
ROME -- Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals Sunday, including a bishop from Haiti and an archbishop from Burkina Faso, a choice the Vatican said showed Francis’ determination to focus on the poor.
Overall, the pope’s first batch of...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 2:30 PM
For all his humble charm, Pope Francis has been getting under the thin skin of some rich members of his flock.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked, the rich are different from you and me. They expect deference and coddling, especially for their charitable...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:16 AM
ROME -- In their toughest and most public questioning to date about sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy, senior Vatican officials came under heavy criticism Thursday from a United Nations committee over their handling of such cases and...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 3:59 PM
JERUSALEM--Pope Francis will visit the Middle East in May, he announced Sunday to believers gathered at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
"In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 12:08 PM
ROME -- Pope Francis has taken another step toward making the Catholic Church more inclusive by telling priests to rethink how they reach out to the children of gay and separated parents. But the Vatican warned Sunday against reading too much into the...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
ROME — Under the fleeting light of an autumn half-moon, an Italian medical student made his way to the top of a modern high-rise in east Rome, not far from an ancient arch built by the emperor Claudius.
From the 11th floor of the apartment block,...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Though the Vatican hasn't made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents.
Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott will broadcast Wednesday's "Good Morning America" from St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
The ABC team will be there for Pope Francis' weekly General Audience one week before Christmas.
In addition, Elliott will...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:51 PM
ROME -- Pope Francis boosted his down-to-earth image by inviting a group of homeless men to his Vatican residence to help him celebrate his 77th birthday.
The group of men – four, according to some Vatican reports, three according to the Vatican&...