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(RNS) The Vatican has summoned the head of a traditionalist group toRome to assess the results of a two-year doctrinal dialogue between the schismatic group and the Holy See. Monsignor Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), will meet on Sept. 14 with top officials who are trying to normalize relations, […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced on Monday (June 6), but a published report of its findings may not appear until next year. The announcement came four days after Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that he was “increasingly impatient at the […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prosecutors in Rome on Wednesday (June 1) released $33 million (23 million euros) in Vatican funds that had been frozen last September pending an investigation for possible money laundering. The prosecutors had charged the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the Vatican Bank, with violating Italian law by attempting to transfer […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on account of “liturgical and financial irregularities” that included performances by a nun who had once been a lap dancer. The Vatican cited “behavior not consonant with the monastic life” at the monastery attached to the Basilica of Santa Croce in […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new Vatican initiative to promote dialogue between believers and atheists debuted with a two-day event on Thursday and Friday (March 24-25) in Paris. “Religion, Light and Common Reason” was the theme of seminars sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture at various locations in the French capital, including Paris-Sorbonne University […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s official newspaper eulogized actress Elizabeth Taylor as the “last remaining star in the firmament of old Hollywood,” and praised her contributions on AIDS and other charitable causes. “The curtain falls on the violet eyes of Hollywood” read the headline over Taylor’s obituary in the Friday (March 25) edition of L’Osservatore […] Read More

(RNS) For the second time in recent months, the Vatican has overruled a U.S. bishop’s decision to close churches in his diocese, a rare reversal that Catholic activists hope heralds a new trend. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy has ruled that the Diocese of Allentown (Pa.) did not present “grave” reasons for shuttering nine […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The number of Catholics in the world edged up 1 percent in 2009, the Vatican said, bringing to 1.18 billion the number of adherents of the world’s largest church. The statistics appear in the latest edition of the Vatican’s “Annuario Pontificio,” or pontifical yearbook, which was presented to Pope Benedict XVI on […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) No major Western European leader in recent years has been a more stalwart ally of the Roman Catholic Church than Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi’s stands against euthanasia, living wills, in-vitro fertilization and domestic partnerships have put his country in line with Catholic teaching, and out of sync with all other […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A top Vatican official has criticized a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to allow the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells derived from human embryos. Despite the efforts that are made to deny it, science continues to show us that the embryo is a human being in the making, […] Read More