| Sep 2, 2013
| 9:02 AM
ROME — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s outgoing secretary of state, has denounced what he calls the “crows and vipers” at work within the Vatican and appeared to suggest that former Pope Benedict should share some of the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The wire services routinely refer to Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, as the first pontiff to abdicate in modern times. But few of the news stories go into the classic example of a papal abdication, and explain just who this earlier pope was, and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 11:45 AM
LONDON – The pope who tried to modernize the Roman Catholic Church and the one who directed its moral force against godless communism will be officially declared saints next April, the Vatican announced Monday.
John XXIII and John Paul II are to...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 3:51 PM
It's a familiar cycle: Pope Francis says something that seems to soften the Roman Catholic Church’s attitude toward hot-button issues; liberals (Catholic and otherwise) rejoice; conservative Catholics rush to remind gleeful Francisphiles that the...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:11 PM
Chris Pett said the Roman Catholic Church became a safer place for gay people like him Thursday after Pope Francis warned that church leaders have become too focused on issues such as homosexuality and abortion at the expense of the church's broader...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A day after Pope Francis bluntly said the Roman Catholic Church must place its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality into a broader context, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George issued a brief statement that some interpreted as his way of...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 2:15 PM
ROME -- Chicago's Cardinal Francis George celebrated mass with other American cardinals this morning elevating more than 60 seminarians to acolytes in the church, including a young man of Middle Eastern descent from Tinley Park.
Khalil Hattar, 25,...
| May 14, 2013
| 10:11 AM
VATICAN CITY -- Centuries after it helped kick-start Western art, the Vatican is seeking to break back into the art world with its first-ever pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale. The display includes a very modern mix of photography and...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 12:24 PM
ROME -- A senior accountant in the Vatican’s finance department, an Italian intelligence agent and a banker were arrested Friday on suspicion of trying to smuggle the equivalent of $26 million into Italy in a private jet as part of a tax-dodging...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:36 PM
MEXICO CITY -- The expectations surrounding the return of Pope Francis, the first pontiff to hail from the Americas, to his native region are enormous.
There has long been a thirst in Latin America, especially after the erudite and aloof Benedict XVI...
| May 2, 2013
| 8:56 AM
ROME -- The Vatican became the home of two living popes Thursday when former pontiff Benedict XVI took up residence in a house in the city-state’s garden.
The unprecedented cohabitation with his successor, Pope Francis, began when Benedict arrived...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 1:22 PM
On the day a group of cardinals convened to vote on a new pope following Benedict XVI's resignation, a monastery of Benedictine monks blogged about delivering cases of their housemade beer to the conclave.
They delivered the cases to the Vatican Monday,...