Vatican City

Pope Francis to live stream prayer service amid coronavirus outbreak

In a video shared on social media, he said he was taking all the recommended precautions and had gone into self-isolation at home.

Mar 08, 2020, 10:51 AM IST

Pope Francis sides with traditionalists on priest celibacy

In his text, Francis cited the contributions of women and argued that their roles be increased, but dismissed the idea of their ordination.

Feb 15, 2020, 12:37 PM IST

Bible can no longer be sold publicly in China after quiet crackdown: Reports

The Communist Party of China could be worried that there may now be more Christians than CPC members.

Apr 05, 2018, 08:49 AM IST

'An evil': Pope Francis takes aim at 'fake news', social media abuse

The only end result of untruth is the spread of arrogance and hatred, he said. 

Jan 24, 2018, 19:30 PM IST

Pope Francis ignores abuse scandal in condolences for US cardinal

In 2004, an investigation established that some 4,400 Catholic priests were paedophiles and that the number of victims from 1950-2002 stands at around 11,000.

Dec 20, 2017, 23:38 PM IST

Pope Francis urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change.

Dec 11, 2017, 08:23 AM IST

Pope Francis renews call for 'wisdom and prudence' over Jerusalem

There were fresh protests in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over Trump`s declaration, a move that drew global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories.

Dec 10, 2017, 19:44 PM IST

Pope Francis says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar.

Dec 03, 2017, 10:37 AM IST

Pope Francis tells web companies: use profits to protect children

A commission Francis set up in 2014 to advise him on how to root out sexual abuse has been hit by defections by two key members who lamented lack of progress and cooperation from Vatican officials.

Oct 06, 2017, 20:00 PM IST

Kerala priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, rescued from ISIS captivity, reaches Vatican

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Kerala priest who was abducted from Yemen in 2016, has reached the Vatcian city hours after he was rescued from the captivity of the Islamic State, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had confirmed this late on Tuesday.

Sep 13, 2017, 06:15 AM IST

Pope prays for those afflicted by floods in US, Asia

Pope Francis has prayed for those afflicted by floods in Texas, Louisiana and southern Asia.

Sep 03, 2017, 19:07 PM IST

Pope, Orthodox patriarch urge action against climate change

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on Friday issued a joint statement urging immediate action against climate change and environmental destruction.

Sep 01, 2017, 16:20 PM IST

Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Suffocating summer heat has followed two years of lower-than-average rainfall in Rome, forcing the Italian capital to close drinking fountains and consider the prospect of water rationing.

Jul 25, 2017, 09:04 AM IST

Pope's top aide is charged in sex assault case in Australia

Pope Francis suffered a major blow when his top financial adviser, Cardinal George Pell, was charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of sexual assault from years ago, bringing a criminal case in the long- running abuse scandal inside the frescoed walls of the Vatican for the first time.

Jun 30, 2017, 08:59 AM IST

Cardinal George Pell 'totally rejects' sex abuse charges

"I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I am innocent of these charges," Pell said in a statement.

Jun 29, 2017, 13:13 PM IST

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis, calls it an ''honour''

US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser were among Trump`s delegation to the Vatican.

May 24, 2017, 16:08 PM IST

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at Vatican city

Meeting with Pope comes in the third leg of Trump`s first overseas trip as president.

May 24, 2017, 12:40 PM IST

Donald Trump heads for Bethlehem to see Palestinian leader

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican City along with Brussels and Italy for NATO and G7 meetings.

May 23, 2017, 09:02 AM IST

Pope Francis to offer birthday counsel to troubled European Union

European Union leaders will receive guidance from Pope Francis on Friday, on the eve of the troubled bloc`s 60th anniversary celebrations in Rome.

Mar 24, 2017, 12:08 PM IST

Pope Francis meets families of Dhaka attack victims

Pope Francis met the families of the nine Italians killed in last year`s terrorist attack at a cafe in the Bangladesh capital, a media report said.

Feb 24, 2017, 15:16 PM IST