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Pope recreates the 2014 Mideast peace prayer in Vatican Gardens to beg for an end to Gaza conflict

Jun. 07, 2024 13:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis gathered the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors to the Vatican Gardens on Friday to pray for an end to the war in Gaza, marking the 10th anniversary of a similar encounter with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents with a new appeal for peace. “Every...

Today in History: June 7, Supreme Court rejects contraceptive ban in Griswold v. Connecticut

Jun. 07, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 7, the 159th day of 2024. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to...

Vatican detains ex-employee who allegedly tried to sell back manuscript of Bernini's basilica canopy

Jun. 06, 2024 08:50 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Vatican police have detained a former employee on charges of attempted extortion after he allegedly tried to sell a 17th-century gilded manuscript describing Bernini’s designs for the altar canopy of St. Peter’s Basilica back to the Holy See. Vatican prosecutors...

Vatican cardinal urges Europeans to remember own migratory roots ahead of European elections

Jun. 03, 2024 08:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal urged European voters Monday to remember their own migratory roots and show sympathy to people forced to flee their homes, days ahead of an election for the European Parliament in which migration is a big issue. Cardinal Michael Czerny, Pope...

Former US senator from Indiana Joe Donnelly to step down as US ambassador to the Vatican

May. 30, 2024 18:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. senator from Indiana Joe Donnelly is stepping down as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and returning to his home state two years after assuming the role. In a post on the social platform X on Thursday, the U.S. embassy to the Vatican confirmed...

Pope apologizes after being quoted using vulgar term about gay men in talk about ban on gay priests

May. 28, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar and derogatory term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests. The ruckus that ensued underscored how the church’s official teaching about homosexuality often bumps...

A look at Pope Francis' comments about LGBTQ+ people

May. 28, 2024 12:40 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' apology Tuesday for using a vulgar term to refer to gay men was the latest comment to make headlines about the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality. Francis has made a hallmark of reaching out to LGBTQ+ Catholics, but his 11-year...

Italian teenage computer wizard set to become the first saint of the Millennial generation

May. 24, 2024 10:51 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis paved the way for the canonization of the first saint of the millennial generation on Thursday, attributing a second miracle to a 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006. Carlo Acutis, born on May 3, 1991, in London and then moved...

Catholic diocesan hermit approved by Kentucky bishop comes out as transgender

May. 21, 2024 14:51 PM EDT

(RNS) — Diocesan hermits by nature don’t get much attention. A small subset of religious persons, hermits mostly spend their lives engaged in quiet prayer. Brother Christian Matson, a Catholic diocesan hermit in Kentucky, has spent years doing just that. His monk’s habit might...

Vatican makes fresh overture to China, reaffirms that Catholic Church is no threat to sovereignty

May. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican made another big overture to China on Tuesday, reaffirming the Catholic Church poses no threat to Beijing's sovereignty and admitting that Western missionaries had made “errors” in past centuries in their zeal to convert the Chinese faithful. The Vatican...