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Pope asks an aide to read a speech aloud for him, raising further concerns over his health

Mar. 01, 2024 08:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who has been suffering from the flu, asked an aide to read out his prepared speech at a conference in the Vatican Friday, saying he has not yet fully recovered from his latest ailment that has raised concerns about his capacity to continue leading the Roman...

Pope Francis had diagnostic tests in a Rome hospital after his weekly audience

Feb. 28, 2024 14:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently had the flu, was brought to a hospital in Rome for diagnostic testing after the papal audience Wednesday, the Vatican said, without giving further details. The pope arrived at the Gemelli Hospital on Tiber Island in a small white Fiat...

Pope Francis cancels Monday morning engagements due to mild flu symptoms, Vatican says

Feb. 26, 2024 05:51 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled his engagements Monday morning due to persistent but mild flu symptoms, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, adding that the pontiff did not have a fever. The statement indicated the decision was made as a precautionary...

Pope Francis cancels a meeting with Rome deacons because of mild flu, the Vatican says

Feb. 24, 2024 12:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canceled an audience scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with mild flu, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, without adding further details. Francis was scheduled to meet with Rome deacons in the morning. ...

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

Feb. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A delegation of German bishops is expected in Rome soon after the Vatican insisted they scrap a planned vote this week on a controversial proposal to let laypeople participate in a decision-making council alongside bishops. The aborted vote was the latest in years of...

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 13:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

The Vatican's problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Feb. 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of...

The keeper of the Vatican’s secrets is retiring. Here’s what he wants you to know

Feb. 19, 2024 04:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word “Secret” from its title. ...

Live updates | Israeli troops raid main hospital in southern Gaza after weeklong siege

Feb. 15, 2024 16:00 PM EST

Israeli troops entered the main hospital in southern Gaza on Thursday in what the army said was a limited operation seeking the remains of hostages taken by Hamas. One patient died and seven were wounded when Nasser Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis came under fire on...

Israel complains after Vatican denounces 'carnage' and disproportionate response in Gaza

Feb. 15, 2024 11:57 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Israel has formally complained after a senior Vatican official spoke of “carnage” in Gaza and what he termed a disproportionate Israeli military operation following the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks. The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See called the comments by Cardinal Pietro...