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.

Vatican, Italy on heightened alert over Islamist threat

 Security at the Vatican and across Italy has been stepped up because of a perceived heightened risk of attacks by Islamist militants, officials said Wednesday.

Vatican offers free showers and shaves to the homeless

Homeless men and women lined up on Monday off St Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate.

Vatican abuse commission to recommend action against bishops

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 moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

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.

Vatican document claims plastic surgery is 'burqa made of flesh'

 A new Vatican report has found that undergoing plastic surgery is not at all worth, as it claims that it is a "burqa made of flesh".

Pope meets transsexual dubbed 'devil's daughter': Report

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiance at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest, media reports said on Wednesday.

Pope opens doors to transsexual dubbed `devil`s daughter`: Report

Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil`s daughter" by a local priest, media reports said on Tuesday.