Latest Vatican City News

Pope: Aim to counter fundamentalist violence with schooling

Sep. 11, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Unchecked poverty and ignorance help fundamentalist violence to take hold easily, Pope Francis said as he urged fellow religious leaders and others to counter the phenomenon by promoting schooling. Francis made the call in a message to a four-day...

Pope's Central Europe visit tests his health and diplomacy

Sep. 11, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is making his first foreign trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July, a four-day visit to Central Europe that will not only test his health but also provide one of the most awkward moments of his papacy — a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister...

Pope on health: thanks to surgery I can eat whatever I want

Sep. 01, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says thanks to surgery that removed a portion of his colon he can now eat whatever he wants and leads “a totally normal life.” The pontiff in a pre-recorded radio interview broadcast on Wednesday spoke about his health in the...

Pope replaces Australian bishop in alleged misconduct probe

Aug. 28, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday replaced an Australian bishop who stepped down amid a Vatican investigation into what Australian media have described as allegations of sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Francis accepted Bishop Christopher Alan Saunders’...

The Latest: Official Taliban websites abruptly go offline

Aug. 20, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

BOSTON — Taliban websites that delivered the victorious insurgents’ official messages to Afghans and the world at large in five languages have abruptly gone offline. It is not immediately clear why the sites in the Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, English and Dari languages went...

Soccer-loving Pope Francis gets a new toy: a foosball table

Aug. 18, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy on Wednesday: his very own foosball table. Francis played a round on the table that was presented to him at the...

Heaven can wait, maybe, but not a phone call for the pope

Aug. 11, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Maybe heaven can wait, but a phone call for the pope could not. In a decidedly unusual break from protocol, Pope Francis took a cellphone from an aide while standing at center stage in a Vatican auditorium for his weekly Wednesday audience with the...

Italian postal workers intercept suspicious letter to pope

Aug. 09, 2021 05:42 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Law enforcement in Milan is investigating the source of an envelope containing three bullets addressed to the pope, Italian paramilitary police said Monday. The suspicious envelope was intercepted by postal employees overnight at a mail sorting facility in...

Italy: COVID 'Green Pass' needed for museums, indoor dining

Aug. 06, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pompeii's archaeological park is offering free swab tests, the Vatican Museums posted refund instructions and tourists whipped out smart phones to show QR codes along with admission tickets Friday as a new COVID-19 certification rule took effect in Italy as part of the...

Pope resumes public audiences a month after major surgery

Aug. 04, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis resumed his routine of holding weekly audiences with the general public a month after he underwent bowel surgery, and during the much-awaited appearance Wednesday he recalled the anniversary of the devastating Beirut port explosion and expressed the desire...