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Pope removes two cardinals hit by sex scandals from group of close advisers

12 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has removed from his group of close advisers two cardinals hit by sexual abuse scandals, including his economy minister, Australian George Pell, the Vatican said on Wednesday. | Video

Francis to say first Mass by a pope on Arabian peninsula in UAE

12 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will say the first Mass by a pontiff on the Arabian peninsula in February and visit one of its largest mosques when he travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Cobblestones commemorating murdered Jews stolen in Rome

10 Dec 2018

ROME Twenty cobblestones commemorating members of two Italian Jewish families who were deported to Auschwitz or killed in Rome were dug up and stolen in the early hours of Monday in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.

Vatican's St. Peter's Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

08 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY The traditional nativity scene in St. Peter's Square won't be so traditional this year. For the first time, it is made of sand - 720 tons of it. | Video

Francis to become first pope to visit Arabian peninsula

06 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY The first visit by a pope to the Arabian peninsula will take place in February when Francis travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Francis to become first pope to visit Arabian peninsula

06 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY The first visit by a pope to the Arabian peninsula will take place in February when Francis travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Pope, Abbas discuss Jerusalem at first meeting after U.S. embassy move

03 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY The Vatican expressed concern over the status of Jerusalem on Monday as Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first meeting since the United States stirred international anxiety by moving its embassy there.

Be celibate or leave the priesthood, pope tells gay priests

03 Dec 2018

VATICAN CITY Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book. | Video

Europe bank authorities recognize Vatican reform with own country code

30 Nov 2018

VATICAN CITYThe Vatican has its own vehicle license plates and telephone code. Now, European financial authorities are granting the tiny city-state its own bank code - VA.

Group close to pope urges California's Brown to commute all death sentences

28 Nov 2018

ROME A Catholic group close to Pope Francis and representatives of 25 countries on Wednesday appealed to outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown to commute all the state's 742 death sentences before laving office.

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