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.
On a day Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was released, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave a veiled message to Pakistan, saying no country should provide shelter to terrorists but should punish them.
Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.
The Vatican`s ambassador to the United Nations has endorsed military action against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria -- an unusual move because the Vatican traditionally has opposed force in the region.
Pope Francis is breaking decades of Vatican silence to help Italy shed light on one of its most notorious crimes, the 1970`s murder of former premier Aldo Moro, the Corriere della Sera daily said Saturday.
A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic Church is studying sanctions for bishops suspected of cover-ups or of failing to prevent abuse, members said on Saturday.
Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.