Vatican: News

31 Dec 2022

World War 2

Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95: Vatican

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95 at his Vatican residence nearly a decade after stepping down due to ill health, BBC reported citing Vatican officials.

27 Oct 2022

Pope Francis

Pope Francis warns against watching excess news, pornography

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, has warned against watching excess news and pornography.

23 Sep 2022

Durga Puja

Kolkata: Durga Puja pandal based on 'Vatican City' theme inaugurated

Durga Puja preparations are in full swing in Kolkata, and with an early inauguration this year, Lake Town, Bidhannagar's Sree Bhumi Sporting Club is ready to awe devotees with their pandal designed like the Vatican City's St. Peter's Basilica.

29 Jan 2022


5 things to do in Vatican City

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is surrounded by Rome.

30 Oct 2021

Narendra Modi

PM invites Pope Francis to India during meet in Vatican

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Pope Francis in Vatican City and invited him to visit India.

14 Jul 2021


Pope Francis discharged from hospital ten days after surgery

Pope Francis was seen leaving the hospital on Wednesday, ten days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

18 Feb 2021


Pope celebrates pandemic-aware Ash Wednesday at Vatican

Pope Francis presided over a pandemic-aware Ash Wednesday service, with reduced participation of the faithful and a revised rite to reduce the chance of infection as the virus and its variants continue to spread through Italy.

11 Jan 2021

Pope Francis

Women can read at Mass, but can't be priests: Pope

Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during Mass while reaffirming they cannot be priests.

30 Oct 2020


France round-up: Attack flayed globally, Malaysia's ex-PM justifies violence

A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two others at a church in Nice, France, on Thursday, evoking anger and disbelief in the European country, and condemnation globally.

10 Oct 2019


With these 'Jesus Shoes', you can literally walk on water

Jesus can walk on water, and now, so can about two dozen people. Brooklyn-based creative company MSCHF has created limited-edition "Jesus Shoes" that have literally been blessed.

01 Sep 2019

Pope Francis

Pope Francis rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in lift

The crowd gathered outside the Apostolic Palace for the Sunday Angelus cheered louder than usual as Pope Francis appeared at the window on Sunday.

13 Mar 2019


Cardinal George Pell gets 6-years in jail for child sex-abuse

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be convicted of sex abuse to date, has been sentenced to six years in prison by an Australian court for the "callous" assault of two choirboys in the late 1990s.

26 Feb 2019


Top Vatican cleric Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sex-crimes

Australia's senior-most Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of five counts of child sexual-assault and is set to be jailed.

24 Feb 2019

Pope Francis

Church files on pedophile priests destroyed, top Catholic cardinal admits

A top Catholic cardinal admitted yesterday that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed in a move which allowed pedophiles to prey on others.

28 Jul 2018


#MeToo hits Vatican: Nuns speak against priests who sexually-abused them

For decades, the Catholic Church turned a blind eye to abuse meted to nuns, but it seems to be changing.

17 Jun 2018


Pope Francis compares abortion to the Nazis' 'purity' obsession

Speaking off-the-cuff at a meeting, Pope Francis on Saturday likened abortions to the Nazi obsession with "pure race," and said children should be accepted as they are since they are God's gift.

25 Dec 2017

Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Christmas: 'Consider the plight of migrants'

Speaking on Christmas eve at St.Peter's Basilica in Vatican, Pope Francis urged Roman Catholics to not turn a blind eye to the plight of millions of refugees around the world.

26 Jul 2017


Sexual abuse: Cardinal Pell, Vatican treasurer, to plead not guilty

The lawyer of Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer, has said that he will plead not guilty to all allegations of sexual abuse.

25 Jul 2017


Pope Francis shuts Vatican's famed fountains due to drought

A prolonged drought in several parts of Italy has prompted the Vatican to shut off its famous fountains.

29 Jun 2017


Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell charged with sexual offences

On 29th June, Australian police charged Cardinal Pell, treasurer and the third-ranking official of the Vatican for historical sex offences.

24 May 2017

Donald Trump

Trump says meeting Pope Francis was "an honor"

US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis during his visit to the Vatican.

30 Apr 2017


Desperate Syrian refugees sell organs for sustenance

The desperate state of Syrian refugees has led to a boom in organ trafficking as their desperation has forced them to sell organs for money.

23 Nov 2016

Pope Francis

'Sindr', the Vatican's new confession finder app

In an attempt to engage with the "mobile generation", Archbishop Leo Cushley from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, announced "The Catholic App" outside St. Peter's Basilica yesterday.