| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:39 AM
VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Vatican said on
Wednesday a scathing U.N. report on sexual abuse of children by
clergy was distorted, unfair and ideologically biased.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, responding to criticisms in the
report on the Church's...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:51 AM
ROME -- It may sometimes be a breeding ground for pornographers, bullies and hateful extremists, but the Internet received an official blessing Thursday from Pope Francis, who called it a "gift from God."
"The digital world can be an environment rich...
| 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 13, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The path of social and political activism undertaken by many American nuns over the past 50 years is the subject of "Band of Sisters." Mary Fishman's admiring docu is more a general survey than a detailed history or portrait of individual personalities...
| 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...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 11:11 AM
Tens of thousands of people watched Sunday as two peace doves released by children alongside Pope Francis at the Vatican were attacked by other birds, according to CBS News.
A crow pecked repeatedly at one dove, and a seagull attacked the other dove...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Pope Francis is everyone's man of the year, so if you're a critic of President Obama you might want to try to portray the president as anti-pope. It sounds crazy, but that's exactly what two former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican try to do in a bizarre...
| 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 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...