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Vatican conference urges governments to tackle food loss and waste

12 Nov 2019

VATICAN CITY An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally unacceptable.

Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity government

10 Nov 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country's leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people.

Vatican "disgusted" by anti-Semitic abuse of Italian Holocaust survivor

08 Nov 2019

ROME A Vatican cardinal said on Friday he was "disgusted" by the anti-Semitic abuse of an 89-year-old Italian senator and Holocaust survivor who was given police protection after receiving death threats.

Britain gives Argentina back Madonna statue taken from Falklands

30 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY Thirty-seven years after the Falklands war, a tiny statue of the Madonna taken at the end of the conflict and held in Britain ever since is going home to Argentina in a gesture of reconciliation blessed by Pope Francis.

Vatican number two says will shed light on "opaque" London property buy

29 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican's number two acknowledged on Tuesday that the Holy See's deal to buy a luxury building in London was not transparent and promised to shed light on it.

"Secret" no more: Pope renames historic Vatican archives

28 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican Secret Archives, containing millions of documents spanning 12 centuries, are no longer officially "secret".

Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the Amazon

27 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.

Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

26 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops from the Amazon on Saturday proposed that married men in the remote area be allowed to be ordained priests, which could lead to a landmark change in the Church's centuries-old discipline of celibacy.

Pope asks forgiveness for theft of controversial Amazon statues

25 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Amazon bishops and others at a Church assembly on Friday after conservative Catholic militants stole statues they considered pagan idols from a church and dumped them in the Tiber river.

Vatican financial regulator denies wrongdoing in London property buy

23 Oct 2019

VATICAN CITY The Vatican's financial regulator on Wednesday rejected a prosecutor's accusations that it acted improperly over the purchase of a luxury building in London, raising the stakes in an awkward internal conflict for Pope Francis.

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