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Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

Decorations of the Vatican Basilica on the Feast of St Peter’s Chair

On the two feast days of St Peter, the feast of his chair on February 22nd, and the principal feast on June 29th, special decorations are put up in the Vatican Basilica. (This was formerly done also on the feast of St Peter’s ChainsShow More Summary

Pope appeals for urgent food aid to help famine-stricken South Sudan

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being "condemned to death" by a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country.

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Zen begs Vatican not to ‘sell out’ to Chinese gov’t

If the Chinese government gets a say in appointing bishops, what's to stop others from requesting the same power?

Vatican to host menorah exhibition with Roman Jews

The Vatican and Rome's Jewish community on Monday presented an ambitious exhibition on the menorah which will bring together 130 works featuring the iconic Jewish candelabrum, an ancient symbol of the faith. The show on the seven-candle...Show More Summary

Italy freezes assets of banker accused of using Vatican for market rigging

ROME (Reuters) - Investigating magistrates in Italy on Tuesday froze millions of euros worth of assets belonging to a prominent Italian banker they believe used the Vatican bank and another Holy See financial department for market manipulation.

Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum Team Up for Menorah Exhibit

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The collaboration, centered on a famous candelabrum that has been missing for centuries, is being hailed as “a historic event.”

Pope decries 'populist rhetoric' fuelling fear of immigrants

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Tuesday for a radical change of attitude towards immigrants, saying they should be welcomed with dignity and denouncing the "populist rhetoric" he said was fuelling fear and selfishness in rich countries.

Vatican and Rome Jewish community to host landmark menorah exhibition

ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican and Rome's Jewish museum will jointly host an unprecedented exhibition on the menorah, the ancient symbol of Judaism, and try to put to rest legends on the fate of one candelabra missing for 15 centuries...

Steve Bannon's Cardinal Pal Denies Guam Post Is Pope Punishment

An arch-conservative American cardinal has denied that his sudden posting to Guam in the wake of a Vatican fake news attack on Pope Francis is a punishment from the liberal pontiff. The Vatican dispatched Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to...Show More Summary

Vatican 'House of Cards' as pro and anti-pope factions clash

A real-life version of the hit political drama "House of Cards" is unfolding at the Vatican, from cardinals openly defying the pope to anonymous posters sullying his name. In the latest episode, a group of powerful Princes of the Church...Show More Summary

Vatican froze two million euros in suspect funds in 2016

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Vatican authorities froze more than two million euros in cases of suspected money laundering in 2016 as part of Pope Francis' drive to clean up the finances of the Holy See, its chief magistrate said on Saturday.

Speakers address racism at Vatican conference on inequality

Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California have called on the Roman Catholic Church to acknowledge its own racism and urged those attending to fight against oppression. More than … Click to Continue »

Pope Francis has removed every single member of the Vatican pro-life academy

The Pontifical Academy for Life, long a bastion of orthodoxy at the Vatican, is effectively shut down for now.

Special Sauce: Frank Bruni on What Makes a Good Restaurant Critic

The New York Times op-ed columnist and former restaurant critic Frank Bruni discusses his memoir, his career, and that time he had a special informant at the Vatican.

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