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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children. The conference, “Towards Healing and Renewal,” will be held on Feb. 6-9 and is organized by the […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world economy needs “new rules” to overcome the current financial crisis and to ensure that “all can lead a dignified life,” Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican diplomats on Monday (Jan. 9). Benedict’s New Year’s address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See traditionally presents the Vatican’s views on global affairs. The […] Read More

The Vatican issued a moral statement favoring regulation of the financial markets for the sake of the common good, while right-wing leaders besmirched the character of those protesting for the reform of Wall Street. The former provides moral substance to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. The latter favors the status quo by questioning the […] Read More

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) 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

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) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools on Wednesday (Aug. 31), saying teaching middle school students how to use a condom is “useless, and even harmful.” The front-page editorial of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, criticized all mandatory sex ed classes in public […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul II invited Muslim leaders to an interfaith prayer summit in Assisi, Italy, the site of a dramatic interfaith peace gathering he had hosted 15 years earlier. In the shadow of 9/11, John Paul said, the world needed to hear from Muslims […] Read More