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To accommodate the largest criminal trial in the Vatican’s modern history, the hearings are being held in a large hall converted into a courtroom in the Vatican Museums.(REUTERS)

Vatican in the dock: Biggest criminal case in its modern history underway

Agencies | , Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2021 02:28 AM IST
  • Among the defendants is an Italian prelate, Angelo Becciu, a long-time Vatican diplomat whom Pope Francis raised to cardinal’s rank in 2018.
The pope appeared to be in fine health several hours earlier when he addressed thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing and announced a trip to Slovakia and Budapest for September.(Reuters)
The pope appeared to be in fine health several hours earlier when he addressed thousands of people in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing and announced a trip to Slovakia and Budapest for September.(Reuters)

Pope doing well after intestinal surgery, says Vatican

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2021 06:09 AM IST
The pope entered the hospital early on Sunday afternoon and the statement was issued just before midnight Rome time.
Pope Francis receives a Spiderman mask from a person dressed as Spiderman after the general audience, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, at the Vatican, June 23, 2021. (Reuters)
Pope Francis receives a Spiderman mask from a person dressed as Spiderman after the general audience, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, at the Vatican, June 23, 2021. (Reuters)

Pope meets 'super-hero' Spider-Man at Vatican, gets a mask

AP | , Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 09:18 PM IST
Matteo Villardita, 28, dons the comic-book and movie super-hero outfit to cheer up hospitalized children, like those at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital which he planned to visit later on Wednesday.
File photo of sister Lucy Kalappura.(ANI)
File photo of sister Lucy Kalappura.(ANI)

Vatican has rejected third appeal against eviction, says Kerala nun

By Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2021 04:37 AM IST
“The letter is in Latin, but the covering letter spells out the decision. Details will be available only after the letter is translated fully. But it is dated 2020,” Kalappura said in a telephone call from Manathawady in Wayanad.
Only about 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families, attended and were socially-distanced.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Only about 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families, attended and were socially-distanced.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies due to Covid-19 crisis

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 04:23 PM IST
Pope Francis traditionally leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square and then celebrates an outdoor Mass for tens of thousands of faithful.
FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, clergy sex abuse survivor and victim's advocate Juan Carlos Cruz, from Chile, is interviewed by The Associated Press, outside the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, in Rome, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 named Cruz, who helped uncover a clerical sex abuse scandal, to a Vatican commission which advises the pontiff on how to protect children from pedophile clergy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)(AP)
FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, clergy sex abuse survivor and victim's advocate Juan Carlos Cruz, from Chile, is interviewed by The Associated Press, outside the Vatican's St. Peter's Square, in Rome, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Pope Francis on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 named Cruz, who helped uncover a clerical sex abuse scandal, to a Vatican commission which advises the pontiff on how to protect children from pedophile clergy. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)(AP)

Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistleblower for Vatican panel

AP | , Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 06:19 PM IST
  • Decades of sex abuse scandals in many countries, including many involving church hierarchy who covered up for paedophile priests, have eroded the Catholic church’s credibility among the faithful.
Addressing the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was adding his voice to others including Nigeria’s bishop in condemning what he described as “the vile abduction” of the girls.(REUTERS)
Addressing the public in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was adding his voice to others including Nigeria’s bishop in condemning what he described as “the vile abduction” of the girls.(REUTERS)

Pope prays for liberation of 317 kidnapped Nigerian students

AP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:48 PM IST
Police on Friday in Nigeria said gunmen had abducted the students from their boarding school. Several large groups of armed men operate in the area and are known to kidnap for ransom money and the release of their jailed cohorts.
Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome.(AP)
Pope Francis puts on his face mask as he attends an inter-religious ceremony for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, in Rome.(AP)

No jab, no job: Vatican gets tough with Covid-19 anti-vaxxers

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 05:53 PM IST
The seven-page decree says that those who cannot get vaccinated for health reasons may be given another position, but those who refuse to get a vaccination without sufficient reason would be subject to a specific provision in a 2011 law on employee rights and duties.
A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. (AP)
A man walks past an almost empty St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ailing Pope Francis, making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. (AP)

Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

AP | , Vatican City
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:21 PM IST
Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the 46-year-old man named Edwin who he said was “ignored by all, abandoned, even by us.”
Pope Francis said he was making the change to increase recognition of the “precious contribution” women make in the church(via REUTERS)
Pope Francis said he was making the change to increase recognition of the “precious contribution” women make in the church(via REUTERS)

Pope says women can read at Mass, but still can't be priests

AP |
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Pope Francis has created a second study commission of experts to study whether women could be deacons after a first one failed to reach a consensus.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,”(AP)
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which says fighting abortion is its “preeminent” priority, said last month that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus “ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community,”(AP)

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of Covid-19 vaccines

AP |
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:13 PM IST
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said it is morally acceptable for Catholics to use either of the two vaccines approved for use in the US despite the use of fetal cell lines for lab tests seeking to confirm the vaccines' effectiveness.
Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, Italy.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis to have Covid-19 vaccine as early as next week

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:48 PM IST
The Vatican City, the smallest independent county in the world, has said it will shortly launch its own vaccination campaign against the coronavirus.
Pope appoints first African American cardinal(Twitter/ameer_shirolkar)
Pope appoints first African American cardinal(Twitter/ameer_shirolkar)

Pope Francis appoints first African-American cardinal to make the Roman Catholic Church more inclusive

Vatican City | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:51 AM IST
To make the Roman Catholic Church more inclusive, transparent and more focused on defending the most vulnerable members of society after his death, Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday including the first African-American
Nine are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, further solidifying the majority of Francis-appointed prelates in the College of Cardinals(AFP)
Nine are under age 80 and eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope, further solidifying the majority of Francis-appointed prelates in the College of Cardinals(AFP)

Pope elevating 13 new cardinals in ceremony marked by Covid-19

Rome | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 09:21 PM IST
The ceremony, known as a consistory, is the seventh of Francis’ pontificate and once again reflected the Argentine pope’s effort to name cardinals from places that have never had them before or whose service to the church he wants to highlight.
The clarification came hours after Benedict’s biographer, Peter Seewald, sparked alarm by telling the Passauer Neue Presse that he had found the 93-year-old ex-pope exceptionally frail when he visited him on Saturday.(AP)
The clarification came hours after Benedict’s biographer, Peter Seewald, sparked alarm by telling the Passauer Neue Presse that he had found the 93-year-old ex-pope exceptionally frail when he visited him on Saturday.(AP)

Ex Pope Benedict’s condition ‘not particularly worrying’: Vatican

Vatican City | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 02:44 AM IST
Benedict’s biographer, Peter Seewald, said the former pope was suffering from shingles, a viral infection that causes painful rashes and is common among older people.
People in face masks walk on St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis delivers his weekly Angelus prayer transmitted via video, due to the coronavirus concerns, in Vatican March 8, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
People in face masks walk on St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis delivers his weekly Angelus prayer transmitted via video, due to the coronavirus concerns, in Vatican March 8, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Vatican’s ‘Holy Week’ to be held without public due to coronavirus

Vatican City | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2020 08:15 PM IST
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 5, culminating on Easter Sunday a week later, with tradition calling for an outdoor Masses in St. Peter’s Square on both Sundays.
Pope Francis sent out special prayers for prisoners, the sick and hospital personnel caring for them, delivering his weekly catechism lesson via livestream rather than in person.(REUTERS File Photo)
Pope Francis sent out special prayers for prisoners, the sick and hospital personnel caring for them, delivering his weekly catechism lesson via livestream rather than in person.(REUTERS File Photo)

Pope Francis livestreams general audience as coronavirus puts Vatican City on lockdown

Rome | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2020 06:24 PM IST
Police barred the general public from St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican took measures to limit infections inside the city state and mitigate the economic fallout outside.
Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)
Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)

Pope tells priests to ‘have the courage’ to go out and meet coronavirus sick

Vatican City | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2020 04:44 PM IST
St Peter’s Square in the Vatican -- in the centre of the Italian capital Rome -- was almost empty on Tuesday with only a few dozen people walking around, most of them without masks.
Pope Francis cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy this weekend, after axing all public meetings at the end of last week over the cold.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy this weekend, after axing all public meetings at the end of last week over the cold.(REUTERS)

Pope Francis tests negative for coronavirus: Report

Vatican City | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2020 03:33 PM IST
The new coronavirus has spread from China across much of the world, with Italy among the worst affected with over 2,000 people infected and 52 deaths.
Pope Francis was due to go to the Basilica of St. John’s in Lateran on Thursday morning for a Lenten service with Roman priests.(REUTERS)
Pope Francis was due to go to the Basilica of St. John’s in Lateran on Thursday morning for a Lenten service with Roman priests.(REUTERS)

Pope slightly indisposed, cancels one event, says Vatican

Vatican City | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2020 04:36 PM IST
The pope appeared to have a cold and spoke with a slightly hoarse voice at his general audience on Wednesday but appeared better in the afternoon at an Ash Wednesday service.
Pope Francis showed up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public at the St. Peter’s Square.(Reuters Photo)
Pope Francis showed up seven minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public at the St. Peter’s Square.(Reuters Photo)

Pope Francis gets stuck in Vatican elevator, firefighters rescue him

Vatican City | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 05:33 PM IST
Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters.
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