Latest Vatican City News

Pope Francis pained at migrant deaths in English Channel

Nov. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed pain and sorrow at the deaths and suffering of migrants crossing the English Channel, at the border between Poland and Belarus and in the Mediterranean Sea. The pope asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s...

Pope donates watch to annual fundraiser for scholarships

Nov. 27, 2021 01:06 AM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Even after 15-year-old Brian LaViolette lost his life in a swimming accident in the summer of 1992, the watches he collected over the years kept track of the time. Twenty-nine years later, a Swatch wristwatch would arrive to Green Bay from...

Pope to young people: We need you to protect environment

Nov. 21, 2021 05:58 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday praised young people for their efforts to protect the Earth’s environment and told them to “be the critical conscience of society.” Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, filled with hundreds of young...

Pope's role in Vatican London building deal arises in court

Nov. 17, 2021 13:20 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Defense lawyers in the Vatican’s fraud and extortion trial accused prosecutors on Wednesday of defying a court order by withholding pieces of evidence — including an alleged interrogation of Pope Francis — as the pontiff’s own role in a flawed London property...

Lazio hosts Vatican friendly against World Roma Federation

Nov. 16, 2021 09:54 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Lazio is sponsoring a soccer friendly between the Vatican and a team from the World Roma Federation in its latest effort to promote tolerance amid further episodes of racism and fascism from Lazio fans. Captain Ciro Immobile will referee Sunday’s...

Pope to politicians: Be courageous, show vision on climate

Nov. 14, 2021 07:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday urged political and economic leaders to show courage and long-range vision, hours after U.N. led-climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, ended in compromise on how to combat global warming. Francis in remarks to the public in St....

Pope: Don't judge the poor, often victims of injustice

Nov. 14, 2021 06:03 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis decried societies which rush indifferently past the poor, often judging them instead of helping them, as he celebrated Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by 2,000 indigent people. During his homily, Francis also made an made...

Vatican Library opens to public with old-new art space

Nov. 08, 2021 10:35 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s Apostolic Library, which is home to ancient manuscripts, rare books and reading rooms for scholars is opening its doors to the general public with a small new exhibition space aimed at pairing its artistic treasures with contemporary art. ...

Pope decries Ethiopia's humanitarian crisis, urges dialogue

Nov. 07, 2021 07:17 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia and pressed for dialogue to prevail over the protracted war. The pontiff in his traditional appearance to the public in St. Peter’s Square said he was following the...

Vatican confirms papal trip to Greece, Cyprus in December

Nov. 05, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Greece and the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus on a five-day trip next month, the Vatican confirmed Friday. The pope will visit Larnaca, Cyprus, from Dec. 2-4, before traveling to Greece, with stops in Athens...