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Pope praying for all affected by fire at Notre Dame, symbol of unity: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis is praying for all those affected by the fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which will always remain a symbol of French national unity, the Vatican said on Tuesday.


In new letter, Benedict blames clergy abuse on sexual revolution, Vatican II theology

20170406T1222-8949-CNS-VATICAN-LETTER-BENEDICT-BIRTHDAY.jpg. Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2015. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, EPA) Vatican City — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published a new letter blaming the continuing Catholic clergy abuse crisis on the sexual


Pope: mandatory reporting of sex abuse to Vatican prosecutors

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Friday issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats that requires the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide.


Pope signs new law to prevent child abuse at Vatican HQ and embassies

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday enacted sweeping new legislation to protect children from sexual abuse within the Vatican and other Holy See institutions in Rome, as well as by its diplomatic corps worldwide.


South Sudan leaders' retreat in Vatican enters second day

VATICAN CITY – A retreat at the Vatican for the leaders of South Sudan enters its second day, a month before the end of the pre-transitional period of a shaky peace deal. South Sudan President Salva Kiir is meeting with opposition leader Riek Machar.


WATCH: Pope Francis delivers Easter message after Mass at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY - Hours after explosions at Sri Lankan churches and hotels left dozens dead and hundreds more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the victims during his annual Easter message at the Vatican.


Vatican's second conference on nonviolence renews hope for encyclical

Vatican City — Theologians, activists and bishops who took part in a Vatican conference earlier this month on the power of nonviolence to bring about social change are expressing hope that a future papal encyclical or teaching document will reexamine the Catholic Church's teachings on war.


China invites Vatican to have pavilion at Beijing garden expo

VATICAN CITY - Accepting an invitation from the Chinese government, the Holy See is one of a number of nations and organizations participating in an international garden expo in Beijing.


Vatican working on guidelines to report bishops in abuse cases: sources

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican is working on a papal document that would establish procedures for Catholics to report bishops suspected of sexual abuse or negligence in sexual abuse cases, according to Vatican sources.


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VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's...


Greta takes climate change campaign to Vatican, meets pope

VATICAN CITY – Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has brought her climate change campaign to the Vatican, where she met with Pope Francis and carried a sign saying "Join the climate strike."


Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican is willing to offer technical restoration know-how to help rebuild and restore the devastated cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Holy’s See’s culture minister said on Tuesday.


Vatican Good Friday Services 2019 Watch, Stream Them Live as They Happen With the Pope

As Holy Week draws to a close, there are still a few big holidays left for Christians. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are two of the biggest holy days of the year honoring the sacrifices and suffering of Jesus.


Vatican upholds sex abuse conviction against Guam archbishop

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has upheld its conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and has added a further penalty on appeal. The Vatican announced the definitive decision against Archbishop Anthony Apuron Thursday. In doing so, it revealed for the first time that he had be


Pope Francis uses Easter vigil to condemn Sri Lanka attacks and urges Christians to reject the 'glitter of wealth'

Pope Francis, speaking to around 80,000 people at the end of his traditional Easter Sunday blessing, addressed the massacre of Christians killed in Sri Lanka. As many as 190 people are dead as a result of the Easter Sunday terrorist attack after eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and ch


Vatican doc on sex abuse may raise more questions than it answers

ROME – Following February’s Vatican summit to address the Church’s fight against clerical sexual abuse, Rome currently is rushing to produce a series of documents that amend Church law to address what were identified as gaps during that session.


Next task for pope's cardinal advisors: Women's leadership in the Vatican

A view of St Peters Basilica 1 and Vatican City flag from the roof of a nearby building on June 5 2015. Photo credit: Bohumil Petrik CNA 6 5 15. Vatican City, Apr 10, 2019 CNA.- As Pope Francis’ council of cardinals wraps up the drafting of a new apostolic constitution, they have decided to take up


Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalization of homosexuality

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates urged the Vatican on Friday to issue a clear and unequivocal statement against the criminalization of homosexuality.


Benedict says Vatican legal system protected accused clergy

VATICAN CITY – Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI says in a new document that protections built into the Vatican's legal protections worked in favor of clergy accused of sex abuse to the point of making a conviction "nearly impossible" in past decades.


Vatican updates norms for Anglican ordinariates

The Vatican updated Tuesday the complementary norms of the constitution governing personal ordinariates, a structure by which Anglicans may enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.