- Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod Updated: Oct-03-15 11:53 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.
- Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
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- Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, but cautious on Rome bid Updated: Oct-01-15 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn't taking sides in Rome's bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter's Square.
- Vatican cricket team to play Muslim, Argentine slum clubs Updated: Oct-01-15 3:07 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is expanding the reach of its cricket club this season, hosting a Muslim team from Yorkshire and a club from the same Buenos Aires slum where Jorge Mario Bergoglio ministered before becoming Pope Francis.
- Vatican insists relations on track after Rome mayor tiff Updated: Sep-30-15 4:38 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is insisting that relations with Italy are on track despite an embarrassing few days which saw the pope chastise Rome's mayor in public and another Vatican official make disparaging remarks about him in private.
- Pope: Cuba-US flight symbolic of bridge being built Updated: Sep-30-15 6:44 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has said his recent flight from Cuba to the United States was symbolic of the bridge that is being built between the two countries.
- Test your knowledge of all things papal with an AP Quiz Updated: Sep-17-15 3:38 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis embarks Saturday on a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States. Test your knowledge about all things papal with this quiz. Answers are at the end.
- Vatican eyes end of embargo after US-Cuba thaw Updated: Sep-17-15 11:43 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is hoping the recent restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will soon translate into an end of the U.S. economic embargo on the island.
- Pope to give 4 speeches in English in US, rest in Spanish Updated: Sep-15-15 8:17 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will deliver only four out of his 18 speeches in the U.S. in English, using his native Spanish for the vast majority of his homilies, greetings and other speaking engagements in his three-city U.S. tour, the Vatican said Tuesday.
- Pope warns Europe refugee crisis the 'tip of the iceberg' Updated: Sep-14-15 11:44 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis warned Monday that Europe's refugee crisis is just the "tip of the iceberg," fueled by an "unjust" global economic system forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee war and poverty in search of better lives.
- White House rolling out red carpet for Pope Francis Updated: Sep-14-15 4:05 am
WASHINGTON - When Pope Francis arrives on his first-ever visit to the United States, he will be welcomed in a way that few world leaders have: with President Barack Obama waiting at the bottom of the airplane stairs to greet him.
- Vatican launches train service to Castel Gandolfo gardens Updated: Sep-13-15 1:50 pm
CASTEL GALDOLFO, Italy - With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal summer estate in Castel Gandolfo now that Pope Francis has decided to open it to the public.
- 50 inmates get tour of Vatican gardens, Sistine Chapel Updated: Sep-13-15 8:57 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has opened its doors, temporarily, to 50 inmates from Rome's Rebibbia prison.
- Vatican launches train service to Castel Gandolfo gardens Updated: Sep-11-15 8:11 am
CASTEL GALDOLFO, Italy - With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train departed from the Vatican rail station Friday to inaugurate a weekly train service to the papal summer estate in Castel Gandolfo now that Pope Francis has decided to open it to the public.
- Pope to visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic Updated: Sep-10-15 10:34 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will make his first trip to Africa in November, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in a pilgrimage that will bring him face to face with Islamic extremism and Christian-Muslim violence on the continent.
- Vatican legal adviser questions pope's annulment reform Updated: Sep-09-15 11:43 am
VATICAN CITY - An adviser to the Vatican's high court has warned that Pope Francis' new reform of the church's marriage annulment process raises serious legal questions and could lead to "crises of conscience" for even happily-married Catholics.
- Pope eyes unity, not division in talks with Israel's Rivlin Updated: Sep-03-15 5:00 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis met Thursday with Israel's president and gave him a medallion that reads: "Look for what unites, overcome that which divides."