France picks gay diplomat for UNESCO role after Vatican 'snub'

France on Wednesday abandoned its attempts to name a gay man as ambassador to the Holy See in the face of opposition from the Vatican, making him its representative to UNESCO instead.

Pope's security detail nearly doubled; Italy bans drones

Pope Francis' personal security detail was nearly doubled during his general audience on Wednesday.

Stop spoiling God's garden: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Thursday called on humankind to "stop ruining the garden God has entrusted to us" -- reiterating his recent message on environment protection.

Vatican recognises state of Palestine in new treaty

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.

France hopes Vatican will accept gay ambassador

Three months after the appointment of Laurent Stefanini as the French ambassador to the Vatican, the French authorities are still awaiting approval from the Holy See in a delay thought to be due to the diplomat's sexual orientation, diplomatic officials told Efe news agency.

Pope convenes Mideast envoys amid Islamic threat

Pope Francis has convened his ambassadors from across the Middle East for three days of meetings to try to better protect Christians targeted by Islamic militants.

Petition in support of US nuns reaches Vatican

A 17,000-name petition in support of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States deemed too liberal by the Vatican has been delivered to the Holy See, organizers said Monday.

Vatican`s approval of Iraq strikes a rare exception to peace policy

The Holy See`s ambassador to the United Nations, Silvano Tomasi, this weekend supported US air strikes aimed at halting the advance of Sunni Islamic State (IS) militants, calling for "intervention now, before it is too late".

UN denounces Vatican on sex abuse, abortion

A UN human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the paedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes.

Kerry talks Syria with Vatican before peace talks

Vatican urged unconditional ceasefire in Syria and involvement of all regional players including Iran in peace talks starting next week, as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Holy See.

Benedict to move into retirement home inside Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is expected to take up residence inside a renovated ex-monastery inside the Vatican, according to sources within the Holy See.

Belgium: 80 to sue Vatican over sex abuse

The church scandal surfaced last April with revelations of a bishop abusing his nephew for 13 years.