Latest Vatican City News

Pope decries attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and England

Oct. 17, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday decried recent deadly attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and Britain, expressing closeness to the families of victims and calling violence “a defeat for everyone.” “Last week various attacks were carried out, for example in...

Pope OKs crediting miracle to John Paul I on sainthood path

Oct. 13, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday approved the crediting of what was described as the miraculous healing of a child to the intercession of John Paul I, advancing the cause for sainthood for one of his predecessors who died 33 days after being elected pontiff in 1978. ...

Pope to lawmakers: Climate change requires quick consensus

Oct. 09, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday called on lawmakers worldwide to overcome “the narrow confines” of partisan politics to quickly reach consensus on fighting climate change. The pope addressed parliamentarians who were in Rome for a preparatory meeting...

Pope expresses 'shame' at scale of clergy abuse in France

Oct. 06, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed “shame” for himself and the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France and acknowledged failures in putting the needs of victims first. The pope spoke during his...

Vatican court absolves former altar boy in sex abuse trial

Oct. 06, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican tribunal absolved a former altar boy of charges that he molested a younger boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary, ruling Wednesday in the first clergy sexual abuse trial to be heard by the pope’s criminal court. The three-judge panel...

Vatican judges in fraud trial agree defense rights violated

Oct. 06, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal hearing a landmark fraud case ruled Wednesday that prosecutors had deprived 10 defendants of their rights and ordered prosecutors to turn over key pieces of evidence and redo their investigation for some suspects. Tribunal...

Prosecutor concedes mistakes, makes offer in Vatican trial

Oct. 05, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican prosecutor conceded procedural errors Tuesday in his fraud and corruption investigation into the Holy See's finances and offered to remedy them by essentially starting over, throwing the trial of 10 people into question before it really got off the ground. ...

Pope, faith leaders sign joint climate appeal before summit

Oct. 04, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders on Monday signed a joint appeal to governments to commit to ambitious targets at the upcoming U.N. climate conference, while promising to do their own part to lead their faithful into more sustainable behavior. ...

At Vatican trial, defense questions the legal system itself

Oct. 04, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Defense lawyers are questioning the legitimacy of the Vatican tribunal where 10 people are on trial on finance-related charges, arguing their clients can’t get a fair trial in an absolute monarchy where the pope has already intervened in the case and where prosecutors...

3 Swiss Guards who refused vaccination return to Switzerland

Oct. 03, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Three Vatican Swiss Guards who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 upon Holy See orders have voluntarily left the storied corps to return to Switzerland, a Swiss Guard official said Sunday. Lt. Urs Breitenmoser told The Associated Press...