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Pope caps reform of Vatican bank with new statutes

Aug 10 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden institution.

Rome bans sitting on Spanish Steps, puzzling hot, tired tourists

Aug 09 2019

ROME You can walk up and down Rome's famed Spanish Steps all you want but don't try sitting down to take in the moment any more because police will shoo you away with a whistle and threaten you with a fine. | Video

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

Jul 11 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

Jul 10 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

Jul 08 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.

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

Jul 06 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

Jul 04 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

Jul 02 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

Jul 01 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

Jul 01 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.

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Iran tanker heads to Greece, U.S. warns against helping vessel

An Iranian tanker at the center of an angry confrontation between Iran and Washington sailed for Greece on Monday after it was freed from detention off Gibraltar, as Washington called the release unfortunate and warned Greece and Mediterranean ports against helping the vessel.