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'Cardinal's woman' arrested in Italy after 500,000-euro payment

Vatican City - Italian financial police on Tuesday arrested a woman in Milan who was paid half a million euros ($590,000) by the Vatican into a Slovenian bank account, local media reported.

Pope meets acquitted Australian cardinal Pell

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Australian Cardinal George Pell for the first time since he was jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Teen one step from becoming first millennial saint

Vatican City - A British-born Italian teenager who dedicated his short life to spreading the faith online and helping the poor was beatified by the Catholic Church Saturday.

Francis 'loses patience' in Vatican corruption fight

Vatican City - Pope Francis once likened sorting out the Vatican's tangled accounts to "cleaning the Sphinx of Egypt with a toothbrush".

Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him

Vatican City - One of the Vatican's most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members.

Vatican announces surprise resignation of top cardinal

Vatican City - One of the most influential Vatican cardinals, Angelo Becciu from Italy, resigned his position unexpectedly on Thursday, the Holy See announced without explanation.

Vatican thunder over wider access to euthanasia

Vatican City - The Vatican on Tuesday underscored its unyielding opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it an "act of homicide", as more and more countries consider legal reforms on the controversial issue.

Vatican, China prepare to renew historic deal to US anger

Vatican City - The Vatican and China are preparing to renew a historic deal on the appointment of bishops that has slightly thawed icy relations -- much to the displeasure of the US.

Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.

Pope sports a face mask for the first time in public

Vatican City - Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension.

Pope calls for social justice and vaccines for all

Vatican City - The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating inequalities between rich and poor, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, calling for universal vaccines not reserved just for the wealthiest.

Former pope Benedict's face shingles 'improving'

Vatican City - A painful case of shingles afflicting the face of former pope Benedict XVI is clearing up, his private secretary Georg Gaenswein has told a German newspaper.

New Vatican manual advises bishops to report sex abuse claims to police

Vatican City - The Vatican released guidelines Thursday for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.

Pope joins criticism of Turkey turning Hagia Sophia into mosque

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday joined an international chorus of condemnation of Turkey's decision to convert Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia landmark back into a mosque.

Pope condems 'hell' of migrant detention camps in Libya

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the "hellish" migrant detention camps in Libya on the seventh anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa, where many of those fleeing the country for Europe by sea land.

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

Vatican City - "Everything will be different" after the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said Saturday, calling for a fairer society and action to "end the pandemic of poverty in the world".

Pope marks 'Easter of solitude' in virus lockdown

Vatican City - Pope Francis prayed for coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.

Pope guides locked-down world through virtual Easter

Vatican City - Church doors will be shut and the Vatican sealed off when Pope Francis leads 1.3 billion Catholics in Easter Sunday celebrations held under a worldwide coronavirus lockdown.

Pope livestreams Palm Sunday mass due to virus 'tragedy'

Vatican City - Pope Francis called for courage in the face of the coronavirus pandemic as he delivered Palm Sunday mass by livestream instead of before Saint Peter's Square crowds.

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Vatican City - Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith.
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