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FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Robert Sarah, of Guinea, walks in St. Peter's Square after attending a cardinals' meeting, at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote the book,

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

Jan. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal at the center of a storm over a book about celibacy and the Catholic priesthood is denouncing the “brutality” of criticism directed at him and his collaborator, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. In an interview with Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio published...

President of the Republic of Iraq Barham Salih is received by Pope Francis in a private audience at The Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, Pool)

Vatican urges visiting Iraqi president to protect Christians

Jan. 25, 2020 11:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Saturday urged Iraqi President Barham Saleh to guarantee the safety of Christians and ensure they have a future place in the war-battered country. Saleh met with Pope Francis, the Vatican secretary of state and foreign minister during back-to-back audiences on his second...

Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...

Pope Francis touches his ear as he meets faithful in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican during his weekly general audience, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican women's magazine blames drop in nuns on abuses

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican women’s magazine is blaming the drastic drop in the number of nuns worldwide in part on their wretched working conditions and the sexual abuse and abuses of power they suffer at the hands of priests and their own superiors. “Women Church World”...

A child walks in front of Pope Francis during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican rejoins financial intelligence network after raid

Jan. 23, 2020 11:17 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A global network of financial intelligence units has readmitted the Holy See after a two-month suspension sparked by a Vatican police raid on the Vatican's financial watchdog agency. The Holy See said Thursday that the Egmont Group had revoked its suspension after Vatican prosecutors...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, Ana Lucia Salazar shows a photo of herself when she was 8-years-old, on her smart phone during an interview with the Associated Press in Mexico City. At the time Salazar says she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Legion vows probe into cover-up of abused little girls

Jan. 20, 2020 5:37 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order, already discredited because of its pedophile founder, announced a joint Vatican investigation Monday into the botched handling of a priest who sexually abused girls as young as 6 and suffered no punishment. The horrific case of Fernando...

Pope Francis greets a group of nuns during his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

Jan. 15, 2020 7:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has tapped an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State. Francis on Wednesday named Francesca Di Giovanni, a 27-year veteran of the Vatican, as undersecretary for multilateral...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Two popes -- one retired, one reigning -- cause a furor

Jan. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two popes living side by side in the Vatican, one reigning, the other retired but calling himself...

FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, Pope Francis, left, and Pope Benedict XVI, meet each other on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals at the Vatican. Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP, File)

Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict's new celibacy book

Jan. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Monday sought to downplay the decision by retired Pope Benedict XVI to reaffirm the “necessity” of a celibate priesthood at the same time that Pope Francis is considering ordaining married men, calling his book a mere contribution that was written in full...

Pope baptizes 32 babies in Sistine Chapel, marvels at quiet

Jan. 12, 2020 4:57 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has baptized 32 babies, including two sets of twins, in the splendor of the Sistine Chapel. Francis marveled that the babies were very quiet, with barely a peep as they waited their turn to be baptized Sunday morning under the Michelangelo-frescoed ceiling. The papal...