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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Blaming the world’s economic and financial crisis on an “economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls,” the Vatican on Monday (Oct. 24) released an ambitious proposal for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply. The 16-page document from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace calls for a […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called the death of Libya’s longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime,” and pledged to work with the country’s new government. Gadhafi, 69, was shot by rebels on Thursday (Oct. 20) near his native city of Sirte, and video images of his dead body […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has named Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano as the Vatican’s next ambassador to the United States. The widely expected appointment was announced on Wednesday (Oct. 19). Vigano, 70, has served since July 2009 as the No. 2 official at the Governorate of Vatican City State, which oversees the 108-acre […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI used a wheeled platform to move up the main aisle of St. Peter’s Basilica before Mass on Sunday (Oct. 16), in what his spokesman said was a measure to “reduce fatigue” on the 84-year-old pope. Instead of walking the more than 300 feet to the basilica’s main altar, Benedict […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest from Georgia who is on the verge of expulsion from his religious order for advocating for women’s ordination was arrested outside the Vatican on Monday (Oct. 17) and charged with demonstrating without a permit. The Rev. Roy Bourgeois marched up Rome’s Via della Conciliazione with a group of […] Read More

(RNS) Future British kings and queens would be permitted to marry Catholics for the first time in more than three centuries under reforms proposed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Writing to his fellow heads of government in the British Commonwealth, in a letter published on Wednesday (Oct. 12), Cameron outlined several proposed amendments to […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Treading carefully on a subject that has proved diplomatically volatile for the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI lamented Sunday’s (Oct. 9) killing of two dozen Christian protesters in Egypt. “I am profoundly saddened by the episodes of violence that took place in Cairo last Sunday,” Benedict said on Wednesday (Oct. 12), referring to […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Leaders of an ultra-traditionalist group that’s in schism with the Roman Catholic Church met to consider the Vatican’s conditions for reconciliation, but failed to announce a decision or say when they would do so. The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) will respond to the Vatican’s conditions “in a reasonable time,” its […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report by the Irish branch of Amnesty International says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.” The 430-page report, released Monday (Sept. 26), “reminds us that Irish children were subjected to treatment that would be horrifying […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reconciliation between the pope and a schismatic group is impossible unless the group accepts the last half-century of modernizing reforms in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said on Wednesday (Sept. 14). The Vatican’s statement followed a meeting between Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), […] Read More