Vatican

  • Pope ‘deeply disturbed’ by lack of common response to Syria

    VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter’s Square that he is “deeply disturbed” by the international community’s failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world. “Despite the tools available to the international community, it...
  • Vatican: Pope Chile letter a “spiritual state of emergency”

    VATICAN CITY –  The Vatican says Pope Francis’ apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and request that the country’s bishops come to Rome to figure out reforms amounts to a “spiritual state of emergency” declaration for the Chilean church. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Vatican spokesman...
  • China cracks down on sale of bible amid Vatican talks

    China appears to have banned the bible from being sold online or in large book stores, as Beijing and the Vatican negotiate a historic agreement. Searches for bibles on major e-commerce platforms JD.com and Taobao brought up no results, while staff at one of Beijing’s biggest book stores said...
  • Vatican denies rift between pope, collaborators on China

    Pope Francis is in constant contact with Vatican officials dealing with issues surrounding China, and it is “surprising” that others in the Church are stating the contrary, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican press office. The statement comes a day after Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 86-year-old...
  • Pope Francis urges faithful to put away cellphones during Mass, says it’s a ‘very ugly thing’

    Thou shalt not text in church. Pope Francis has added another commandment to the holy list of do’s and don’ts: Put away your phones during Mass. “At some point, the priest during the Mass says, ‘Lift up your hearts,’ ” the pontiff said during a homily in St. Peter’s...
  • Church could sell property to settle clergy sex abuse cases!

    Archdiocesan Finance Council president Richard Untalan, center, gestures as he talks about the list of Catholic Church properties that are available to help settle clergy sex abuse cases, during Thursday’s news briefing. Also in photo are Council members Joe Rivera, left, and Chris Felix, right. Photo: Haidee Eugenio/PDN HAGÅTÑA,...
  • Video: Top Vatican Cardinal Charged With Sex Crimes!

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser and Australia’s most senior Catholic, is the highest-ranking...
  • Pope Francis names new Indianapolis archbishop

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Charles Thompson as the seventh archbishop of Indianapolis. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Thompson, a canon lawyer, replaces Joseph Tobin, whom Francis elevated to Cardinal and moved to Newark, New Jersey, in November. Thompson, a 56-year-old native of Louisville, Kentucky,...
  • Pope to Nigerian priests: you’ll be fired if you don’t obey

    VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has laid down an ultimatum to Nigerian priests: be fired if you don’t obey me and your bishop. Francis met June 8 at the Vatican with a delegation from the Ahiara diocese, where priests have been refusing to accept the 2012 appointment by...