- Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet Updated: Jul-26-15 10:41 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.
- Popes, kings, presidents and now tourists enjoy Rome palace Updated: Jul-23-15 9:44 am
ROME - Popes and royals resided there in glorious splendor. An emperor dreamed in vain of doing so, too. Nowadays presidents live there.
- Mayors endorse UN sustainability goals at Vatican Updated: Jul-22-15 2:01 pm
VATICAN CITY - Mayors emboldened by an appeal from Pope Francis committed themselves Wednesday to a new set of U.N. goals to end poverty and promote sustainable development over the next 15 years.
- World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' Updated: Jul-21-15 11:25 pm
VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.
- NYC mayor blasts EU on migration, warns Wall St. on climate Updated: Jul-21-15 4:19 pm
VATICAN CITY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the European Union on Tuesday for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigration, saying the EU must come up with a Europe-wide immigration policy or stop pretending it's a union.
- Gov. Brown: Millions are suffering because of climate change Updated: Jul-21-15 1:23 pm
VATICAN CITY - At a climate summit at the Vatican, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.
- Birmingham mayor: Pleased to back pope's call to end slavery Updated: Jul-21-15 10:44 am
VATICAN CITY - The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local.
- Italian heat wave: Pope hails courage of those braving heat Updated: Jul-19-15 8:14 am
VATICAN CITY - Rome's heat wave is dragging into its third week, so Pope Francis was especially appreciative of the tens of thousands of Romans and tourists who braved the noontime sun to see him.
- Vatican lets nearby pediatric hospital use its helipad 24/7 Updated: Jul-17-15 9:50 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's helipad is going to be getting a lot busier, for a good cause.
- Vatican 2014 deficit rises with new accounting standards Updated: Jul-16-15 9:40 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's cultural activities, in particular its museums, helped boost profits by nearly double at the Vatican city-state last year, while the budget to run the Roman Curia continued to show a deficit, according to final budget figures released Thursday.
- Ex-prelate hospitalized ahead of trial on sex abuse, porn Updated: Jul-11-15 1:13 pm
VATICAN CITY - A former papal diplomat accused of sexually abusing teenage boys while stationed in the Dominican Republic has been hospitalized in intensive care, forcing adjournment of his trial Saturday in a Vatican courtroom for allegedly causing grave psychological harm to the victims and possessing an enormous quantity of child pornography.
- California governor to meet with pope on climate change Updated: Jul-09-15 5:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will travel to Vatican City later this month to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis as the governor seeks to burnish his legacy as a climate change activist.
- Benedict XVI is honored for keen devotion to church music Updated: Jul-04-15 10:04 am
VATICAN CITY - Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."
- Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution Updated: Jul-03-15 3:20 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.
- Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest Updated: Jul-02-15 8:19 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart.
- Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican Updated: Jul-01-15 11:01 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet.
- Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.
- Vatican doesn't rule out pope might chew Bolivian coca Updated: Jun-30-15 1:26 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican isn't ruling out that Pope Francis might chew coca leaves - or at least sip tea made from them - to fend off altitude sickness when he arrives in Bolivia next week.