Latest Vatican City News

Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

May. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up. The Italian bishops' conference didn't immediately release the...

Pope urges China's Catholics to unify after bishop deal

May. 22, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting that May...

Vatican financial watchdog boasts steady progress on reform

May. 21, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog says that after nearly 10 years of reforms, the Holy See has a "fully functioning" system of financial regulation and intelligence that is increasingly integrated into the global financial system. In its annual report released Tuesday, the Financial...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

Vatican high court absolves priest of advances in confession

May. 17, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's high court has absolved a top Holy See official of charges that he made sexual advances against a nun during confession. A Vatican statement Friday said a five-member panel of the Apostolic Signatura had issued a decree May 15 absolving the Rev. Hermann Geissler because...

Pope gives joyride to migrant kids newly arrived in Italy

May. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a joyride in his popemobile Wednesday to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya, in his latest gesture to show solidarity with asylum-seekers and those on society's margins. Francis picked up the kids, who hail from Syria, Nigeria and Congo, at...

Pope: It's OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

May. 12, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church hasn't yet authenticated their vision, the Vatican said Sunday. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a...

Pope gives church 19 new priests in Vatican ceremony

May. 12, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given the church 19 new priests, ordaining the men in an elaborate ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as the credibility of the Vatican and many of its clergy is threatened by widespread scandals of pedophile priests and systematic efforts at cover-ups. Fifteen of...

Pope vows to fight nun abuse, urges service not servitude

May. 10, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to combat the sexual abuse of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids. Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, the main...

Pope says he may add South Sudan leg onto Africa trip

May. 10, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are "mature." Francis told a visiting nun from Juba on Friday he wants to go to South Sudan as part of his trip but can't promise. He planned to visit South Sudan with the archbishop of...