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All Raphael's tapestries return to Sistine Chapel after centuries

17 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Putting more masterpieces in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel to join his ceiling frescoes and Last Judgement wall might seem as superfluous as adding more diamonds to the Crown Jewels. | Video

Vatican, China, hold extremely rare high-level diplomatic meeting

14 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China met on Friday, the Vatican said, in what is believed to be the highest-level official encounter between the two sides in decades.

Upholding celibacy, Pope sidesteps bid to ordain some married men

12 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests. | Video

Pope trip to Malta in May to spotlight migrants' plight

10 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will make the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island nation of Malta in May, where he is expected to defend the rights of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Ukraine's president asks pope to help win release of prisoners of war

08 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Pope Francis on Saturday for help to win the release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists. | Video

McCarrick report expected soon but pope has last word - Vatican official

06 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Work on a Vatican report into disgraced ex U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is complete and it may be released in the near future but Pope Francis will have the final word on timing, the Vatican's number two said on Thursday.

IMF, Argentina and Pope talk about debt crisis at Vatican meeting

05 Feb 2020

VATICAN CITY Argentina on Wednesday told the International Monetary fund that Buenos Aires cannot continue servicing unsustainable debt, as the IMF encouraged it to enact efficient restructuring policies.

Pope Francis promises to help Argentina in debt crisis, president says

31 Jan 2020

VATICAN CITY Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said Pope Francis had promised him in a meeting to do everything he could to help with his homeland's debt crisis.

Priests in defunct Catholic order in Italy accused of sexual abuse

29 Jan 2020

VATICAN CITY Nine members of a defunct, cult-like Roman Catholic religious order in Italy's Tuscany region are under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of two brothers when they were minors, authorities said on Wednesday.

Pope asks Catholics to say 'Never Again' to the Holocaust

27 Jan 2020

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday asked the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say "Never Again".

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