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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

12 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be buried there. | Video

Sour note: Sistine Chapel Choir director resigns after fraud allegations

10 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY The director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, which has provided the musical backdrop to papal events for centuries, has resigned following allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

Pope defends migrants after clashes between Italy and rescue ships

08 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis said on Monday that "no one is exempt" from helping migrants, in an indirect rebuke of Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to shut the country's ports to non-governmental migrant rescue ships. | Video

Pope moves America's 'first televangelist' closer to sainthood

06 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic figure of U.S. Roman Catholicism in the 20th century and a pioneer in using media for religious purposes, is one step closer to sainthood.

Putin and pope hold 'substantive' talks in shadow of Ukraine crisis

04 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for "very substantive" talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican. | Video

Vatican to open tombs after tip in 36-year-old case of missing girl

02 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican said on Tuesday it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in the Holy See.

Vatican defends confessional secret as sexual abuse crisis stings

01 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases of sexual abuse.

Pope to canonize British Catholic luminary John Henry Newman

01 Jul 2019

VATICAN CITY Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the most influential and controversial Christian figures of the 19th century and a leading Anglican before converting to Catholicism, will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Monday.

Vatican says China intimidating Catholics loyal to pope

28 Jun 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican asked China's communist government on Friday to stop intimidating Catholic clergy who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to sign ambiguous official registration forms.

Conservative Vatican cardinal withdraws support for Steve Bannon

26 Jun 2019

VATICAN CITY Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, for years a strong backer of Steve Bannon, has yanked his support for the former Trump White House adviser and his plan to set up a right-wing Catholic academy in Italy.

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