The Vatican issued a statement Friday that said Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 meeting with Kim Davis in Washington, D.C., was not a direct endorsement of her views. Continue reading
Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pontiff? Once known as Argentina’s “slum bishop,” Pope Francis has placed special emphasis on concern for the poor, has changed the church’s tone toward women, homosexuals and the divorced, and has not been shy about taking on controversial political issues. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In his weekly address on Sunday, Pope Francis announced the Vatican would host migrant families fleeing war and hunger, and asked that every religious institution in Europe do the same. Continue reading
The Vatican announced today it has finalized, but not signed, a treaty that would recognize Palestine as a state. While the Vatican has supported the U.N. General Assembly’s decision to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state of the U.N. since 2012, the treaty marks the first official document between the Holy See and Palestinian officials, the AP reported . Continue reading
The Vatican has removed controversial video urging women to reflect on their role in society ahead of the organization’s an all-male summit on women’s issues this week. Continue reading
Starting Feb. 16, the Vatican will offer free shaves and haircuts to the homeless every Monday in St. Peter’s Square. The project is being spearheaded by Pope Francis’ almoner, Konrad Krajewski, who was inspired by a homeless man named Franco. Continue reading
The Sistine Chapel just got a makeover. Vatican officials unveiled new state-of-the-art energy-efficient lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s more than 500-year old frescoes. The three-year-long installation cost roughly $3.8 million.
One of the oldest libraries on the planet is digitizing its archive of ancient manuscripts — and they’re all available to view free of charge.
Catholic bishops reversed on Saturday their initial welcome of gays, showing deep divisions on homosexuality and marriage at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis. Continue reading
Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino on Saturday went against Italy’s law by registering 16 gay marriages that were celebrated in other countries. Continue reading