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Vatican closes London property sale at a loss after scandal

Jul. 01, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Friday it had finalized the sale of a London property that is the focus of a criminal trial in the Vatican courts, offloading the former Harrods warehouse for 186 million pounds (215 million euros, US$223 million). The Vatican secretariat of state had...

Pope appoints first cardinal from Amazon rainforest

Jul. 01, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus Leonardo Steiner kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian clergyman will make history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. “The communities feel that the distance between Rome...

Today in History: July 1, Medicare program takes effect

Jul. 01, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2022. There are 183 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1966, the Medicare federal insurance program went into effect. On this date: ...

Pelosi receives Communion in Vatican amid abortion debate

Jun. 29, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Pope Francis on Wednesday and received Communion during a papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, witnesses said, despite her position in support of abortion rights. Pelosi attended the morning Mass marking the feasts of St. Peter...

Pope urges end to ideological polemics over old Latin Mass

Jun. 29, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the Catholic faithful Wednesday to stop exploiting the old Latin Mass for ideological reasons and to start discovering the beauty of the new liturgy that grew from the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Francis penned a letter to rank-and-file...

Italian nun slain in Haiti is hailed by pope as martyr

Jun. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children. The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in...

Congo bishops say pope's Canada trip a good sign for future

Jun. 25, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Congo’s Catholic bishops, coping with disappointment over a scrubbed visit by Pope Francis, said Saturday that his decision to go ahead with a trip to Canada was an “encouraging sign” that his knee treatment was working, as they held out hope for a rescheduled date. ...

Pope hails families, blasts 'culture of waste' after Roe

Jun. 25, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated families Saturday and urged them to shun “selfish” decisions that are indifferent to life as he closed out a big Vatican rally a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion. Francis didn’t refer to the...

Today in History: June 25, Anne Frank's diary published

Jun. 25, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 25, the 176th day of 2022. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne...

Vatican to start monthly newspaper by and with the poor

Jun. 24, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican newspaper is starting a new monthly edition dedicated to the poor and people on the margins, aimed at not only telling their stories but involving them in the paper's production and distribution, the Vatican said Friday. The first edition of L’Osservatore...