ROME (RNS) The former member of the Swiss Guards reported the unwanted attention to his superiors, but was told he misunderstood the conversations, which he said took place in Italian, a language the guard conceded he did not speak fluently.
ROME (RNS) Some 735,000 people attended Vatican events during each of the nine months of Pope Francis' papacy, according to information released Thursday by the Holy See. It's the highest average recorded in recent years.
ROME (RNS) The Advocate's recognition of the pontiff is significant because an LGBT publication is such an unlikely place to find homage to a pope.
ROME (RNS) As part of Pope Francis' pastoral reforms, all 44 members of the Roman curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican.
ROME (RNS) Paul VI was a pivotal pope for the Roman Catholic Church, even as he is sometimes overshadowed by the more charismatic papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II.
ROME (RNS) "It's about marketing," said Piero Pazzi, the photographer behind the annual calendar featuring attractive priests of Italy. "It's a souvenir, not a statement of any kind."
ROME (RNS) Francis is the third pope to be honored by Time since the magazine began selecting Person of the Year in 1927, following Pope John XXIII in 1962 and Pope John Paul II in 1994.
(RNS) Pope Francis took the top spot, followed closely by Royal Baby George.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The "Metamorphosis of Space" exhibit featuring the works of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava marks the first time the Vatican has organized a show on a living architect.
ROME (RNS) Pope Paul VI declared that the relics believed to belong to St. Peter were "identified in a way that we can consider convincing" -- the closest thing to a statement of authenticity the bones ever received from the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is starting to raise the political profile of the Vatican to levels not seen since the height of John Paul II's papacy.
ROME (RNS) "How can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving?" Pope Francis asked. "Today, everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) despite what Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, termed a "constructive" and "cordial" meeting, there were no announced follow-up dialogues planned, and "no discussion whatsoever" of a papal visit to Russia.
WARSAW, Poland (RNS) The Warsaw U.N. climate talks includes wider participation from faith-based groups, in part because climate change now touches on issues of poverty alleviation, development, forced emigration, as well as stewardship of the planet.
ROME (RNS) Because of the period of reform Francis has ushered in at the Vatican, and a list of priorities that range from Syria to a desire to strengthen ties between one of the world's largest countries and one of the smallest, the Nov. 25 closed-door encounter will take on a dramatically increased importance.