Action against Kerala priest: Church awaits directions from Vatican

Roman Catholic Church in Kerala is waiting for "directions" from the Vatican after taking initial action against a priest based on Canon law for allegedly raping a teenaged girl earlier this year.

Mother Teresa to be canonised in September 2016

Mother Teresa would be canonised in September 2016, senior priest and spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church Paul Thelekat said on Monday.

Vatican recognises state of Palestine in new treaty

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

God will judge you on whether you cared for Earth: Pope

Pope Francis has warned the rich and powerful that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth.

At Vatican, Raul Castro to thank Pope Francis for mediation role with US

Cuban President Raul Castro will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday to thank the pontiff for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington.

Pope meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement

Pope Francis met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for informal talks Tuesday, just weeks before the Vatican issues a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the global debate on global warming.

Vatican urges action to tackle climate change
Vatican urges action to tackle climate change

After making headlines on gay marriage, contraception and abortion, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are now gearing up to tackle another contentious issue: global warming.

Italian police bust terror cell, arrest 18

Italian police on Friday arrested 18 people in what5 they called a "vast" operation against a group allegedly inspired by the al Qaeda and planning an attack on the Vatican.

Serbian president annuls Vatican visit due to plane trouble

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic had to cancel an official visit to the Vatican on Friday when his plane developed engine trouble and had to turn around and return to Belgrade.

Pope considering visiting Cuba in September: Vatican

Pope Francis is planning to visit Cuba in September as part of a trip that will also take him to the United States, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Pope's finance czar moves out of Vatican bank

Pope Francis' finance minister is on the move, literally.

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.

Vatican, France in showdown over gay ambassador

Three months after appointing an openly gay diplomat as France`s ambassador to the Vatican, Paris is still waiting for the green light from Rome.

No country should provide shelter to terrorists: PM Modi on Lakhvi's release

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 condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

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.

Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

Pope Francis`s decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican`s own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Vatican backs force to stop IS `genocide`

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.

Vatican receives ransom demand for stolen Michelangelo letters

The Vatican said on Sunday it had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo that were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago.

Pope helps shed light on notorious Italy murder

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.

Vatican moves to calm row over Mexico drugs

 The Vatican sought Wednesday to end a diplomatic spat that erupted after Pope Francis warned that his native Argentina was in danger of "Mexicanisation" by drug traffickers.