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Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

Sister Amelia from the Daughters of Charity stands in front of the altar Thursday, April 10, 2014 where the bloodstained undershirt worn by Pope John Paul II during the assassination attempt on May, 13, 1981, is kept, in Rome. AP

Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter’s Square.

Posted: April 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

In this April 15, 1963 file photo, Pope John XXIII sits at his working desk in his studio in a IX century tower in the Vatican gardens. In background the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. The Pontiff found the tower - once a fortress and later the Vaticanobservatory - abandoned and in decay. He liked it, particularly for the beautiful view from its covered terrace, embracing a great part of Rome and the surrounding country, in clear weather as far as the sea, distant about 25 kilometers (16 miles). He had it repaired and spends many days working in the studio he has had arranged there. While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be on Pope John Paul II's globe-trotting, 26-year papacy and his near-record sprint to sainthood, many older Catholics will be celebrating the short but historic pontificate of the "Good Pope," John XXIII. AP

On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it’s astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report

This handout picture released on October 15, 2013 by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis speaking with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (R) during a farewell ceremony at the Vatican. The Vatican began a new chapter today with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin.  AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO/HO

An Italian cardinal is moving into a 600-square-meter (6,500 square foot) Vatican apartment in apparent contradiction with Pope Francis’s call for a “poor Church”, Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope’s Easter Message ‘Urbi et Orbi’

Pope Francis delivers his blessing at the end of the Urbi and Orbi (Latin for to the city and to the world) blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP

The following is the text of the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday “Urbi et Orbi” (Latin for ‘to the city and to the world’) read by him in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis, center, arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP

Marking Christianity’s most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims

Pope Francis.  AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuses carried out by priests

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis hears the confession of a faithful in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. The Pontiff has kneeled before a priest and confessed his sins in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony he hopes will inspire others to seek forgiveness. AP

Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Vatican Radio puts its archive online

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The voices of popes from as early as 1884 can be heard by the public after the digitalization of 8,000 tapes from the Vatican Radio’s pontifical archives, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis

A student waves a banner decorated with an image of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at a gathering between President Nicolas Maduro and students in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two more people were reported dead in Venezuela as a result of anti-government protests even as supporters and opponents of Maduro took to the streets on Saturday in new shows of force. AP

The Vatican says it’s willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela’s government and its opponents aimed at ending weeks of deadly unrest that have paralyzed much of the country.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Girl talks to pope on immigration, then dad freed

In this March 26, 2014, photo provided by Catholic Coalition of Immigrant Rights, Pope Francis touches 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, who traveled to the Vatican from Los Angeles to plead with him to help spare her father from deportation, during a public audience at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Her father, Mario Vargas, in the United States illegally, had been in federal custody and faced possible deportation. After speaking with Francis, Mario Vargas was released on bond from immigration detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday, March 28, 2014. Jersey Vargas was part of a California delegation that sought to encourage the Vatican to prod President Obama on immigration reform. AP

After a California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was freed on bond from immigration detention.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’

US President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. AP

A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost

In this July 10, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with Pope Benedict XVI, Friday, at the Vatican. President Obama is scheduled to meet Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Vatican. AP

Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Germany’s ‘bling bishop’

Pope Francis. FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany’s controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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