Latest Vatican City News

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...

Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases

Dec. 4, 2019 6:04 AM EST
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope accepts resignation of Buffalo bishop under fire for mishandling clergy sexual misconduct cases.

Pope sends aide to Greek island to bring back 33 migrants

Dec. 2, 2019 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has dispatched a close aide to the Greek island of Lesbos to bring back 33 asylum-seekers to Rome. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almsgiver, headed Monday to Lesbos. The Vatican says he’ll return Wednesday with the migrants. When returning to...

Pope says Nativity scenes should go in town squares, schools

Dec. 1, 2019 12:12 PM EST

GRECCIO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed Nativity scenes as “simple and admirable” signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in workplaces, schools and town squares, as he bolstered a Christmas tradition that has at times triggered bitter legal battles in the United...

Joyous Congolese dances, songs enliven St. Peter’s Basilica

Dec. 1, 2019 9:02 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Congolese dancing and singing enlivened St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, as Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for Catholics from the violence-wracked African nation and denounced arms suppliers for helping to fuel the conflict. The whoops of joy and the chorus of...

Pope taps former Bank of Italy exec to head watchdog agency

Nov. 28, 2019 1:00 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped a Bank of Italy executive to take over the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit following a scandal that resulted in the Vatican being suspended from an international anti-money laundering network. Carmelo Barbagallo has been head of the Italian central...

Vatican expresses concern after US decision on Israel

Nov. 20, 2019 8:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is expressing concern that “recent decisions” could undermine regional stability in the Middle East, in an apparent reference to the U.S. reversal of position on Israeli settlements. The Vatican on Wednesday didn’t specifically cite the U.S. conclusion...

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Nov. 19, 2019 11:02 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently. After an overnight flight,...

Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid

Nov. 19, 2019 5:41 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A board member of the Vatican’s financial watchdog has resigned in the wake of a Vatican police raid that resulted in the agency’s suspension from the global communications network of financial intelligence units. Marc Odendall, a Swiss-German retired banker, tendered his...

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nov. 18, 2019 2:55 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation. Pope Francis thanked Rene Bruelhart for his...