VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has withdrawn its support from a soccer tournament between Rome's seminaries, saying the tournament had lost its "educational" value. By Alessandro Speciale.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Jewish community is trying to enlist the pope to intercede on behalf of Alan Gross, the Maryland Jewish man who has been in a Cuban jail for more than two years, on his upcoming trip to the island nation. By Lauren Markoe.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (March 9) denounced the "powerful political and cultural currents" that are working to "alter the legal definition of marriage" in the United States. By Alessandro Speciale.
CLEVELAND (RNS) In an extraordinary move, the Vatican has reversed the closure of 13 churches in the Diocese of Cleveland, saying the parishes must be restored and the sanctuaries reopened for worship, according to activists who fought the closings. By Michael O'Malley.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A group of theologians who advise the Vatican on faith matters says bishops must have the last word when it comes to affirming the "authentic interpretation" of Christian beliefs. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican website was under attack by the hacker group Anonymous on Wednesday, which said it targeted the Roman Catholic Church to punish it for its many 'crimes,' from sexual abuse to persecution of other religions. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will pray together in Rome on Saturday despite longstanding differences on women clergy and sexual morality. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Spurred by the economic crisis, Italy's government has taken the unprecedented step of revising long-standing tax exemptions for church-owned property. But experts say the new rules probably won't have a dramatic impact on Italy's finances. By Alessandro Speciale.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who was fired for altering the words of the Mass is now digging deep into the letter of church law in an effort to regain his post as parish priest. By Tim Townsend.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) One the eve of his elevation to cardinal, New York's Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he doesn't caricature's of his city as a modern-day Gomorrah.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Vatican officials are strongly rebutting allegations made by the pope's new ambassador to the United States that the Vatican City State is awash in corruption and waste.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American cardinal who has jurisdiction over all abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church said bishops have an obligation to "cooperate" with local law enforcement, but stopped short of mandating that bishops report abuse cases to police. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will convene a global summit next week to bring together bishops and experts to review strategies to prevent abuse and to assist victims. By Alessandro Speciale.
Embattled Atlanta pastor Eddie Long gets some supernatural protection from a Holocaust Torah scroll, while two men claim supernatural release from demons when the pope walked into the room.