At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected upon the importance and power of prayer Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said. People often feel unworthy to turn to God when they are in need “as if it were a
Schools in the Italian capital have been evacuated as a precaution A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour on Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly earthquakes last year and has been buried under more than a metre of snow in recent days. There
The Vatican has been overrun with an overwhelming number of sainthood Causes, with the majority of candidates being Italian. Cardinal Angelo Amato explained four of every open Cause is Italian and has been for the past decade. There were 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of sainthood candidates between 2006 and 2016, with 139 being Italian.
A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely
The Braccio Nuovo Gallery, located inside the Vatican Museums, will reopen to the public after a $2.4 million makeover, having been closed for seven years. The gallery is filled with stunning marble busts and statues dating back to the height of the Roman Empire. One of the jewels in the Vatican Museums will reopen to
The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’ The Vatican says it was saddened that the ordination of two new Chinese bishops — consecrated with the approval of both China and the Holy See — was marred by the presence of an illegitimate bishop In a statement
Barbara Jatta has been serving as vice-director of the museums since June Pope Francis has chosen, for the first time, a woman to head the Vatican Museums. Barbara Jatta, 54, is an Italian art historian and graphic arts expert, who had been serving as vice-director of the museums since June. The Vatican announced the appointment
Mgr Vallejo was found guilty of passing confidential documents to journalists Pope Francis on Tuesday freed a Vatican monsignor convicted of leaking confidential documents to journalists, granting him a Christmas-time clemency. Francis granted “conditional freedom” to Spanish Monsignor Lucio Vallejo Balda after he served half of his 18-month sentence, the Vatican said late on Tuesday.
Pope Pius XII’s secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a recent book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them. “This book is the truth – as best I could establish it in a number of years of research
While violent persecution against Christians assails swaths of territory the Middle East and Africa, one Vatican official says that Western nations face a different type of oppression, marked by the push to eliminate religion from public life. “To act and speak out publicly as a committed Christian in one’s professional life has never been more