ROME (AP) — Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Urbi et Orbi, meaning to the city and the world, is a blessing usually delivered by the Roman pontiff at Christmas and Easter. It offers plenary indulgence, which means the forgiveness of sins to the faithful present and watching through media outlets.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Italian Catholic bishops have called for a public recitation of the rosary and prayers for health care workers.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As of Saturday night, Catholic faithful are no longer able to purchase tickets to attend the Holy Week celebrations in St. Peter’s as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic in Italy risk affecting Easter.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Italian newspaper Il Messagero reported this week that the Vatican museums have lost as much as 60% of their revenue in the past month, but local workers put the number much higher.
(RNS) — Well-liked and respected at home, the bright and pastorally minded archbishop of Manila has all of the attributes prized by Francis.
(RNS) — While disagreements in the synod may arise over how Catholicism is interpreted in the Amazon, the bishops of the synod will be largely united on the environment and justice issues.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A group of religious sisters is meeting with Pope Francis this week in Rome to address the issue of human trafficking, linking the rise of victims to populist movements, increased immigration and climate refugees.
(RNS) — For Pope Francis, the Amazon is important because it touches on so many themes of his papacy: concern for the marginalized, evangelization and protection of the environment.
(RNS) — Limiting ordination after marriage to 'mature men' will be portrayed as exceptional, but both traditionalists and progressives believe that it will spread to more and more situations.
(RNS) — Marc Zvi Brettler, a Duke University Hebrew Bible scholar, said it took a bit of chutzpah, but, turns out, the pope was interested.
(RNS) — Besides a lack of time to prepare and impossible expectations, even Francis' greatest strength, his pastoral sense, is working against him.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Younger Catholics want the church to be more inclusive. But as Catholic leaders wrap up a monthlong synod, they disagree on how to do that — or even how to refer to gay people in official synod documents.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — After a monthlong debate about how to engage young people, this Catholic synod may be hard put to forge consensus.
(RNS) — Many young people say they are 'spiritual' but not 'religious.' In other words, they are thirsty but don’t like what the church is serving. The clergy needs to listen to the young before speaking to the young.