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  • FILE - In this Monday, May 5, 2014, file photo, the Vatican's United Nations ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, arrives prior to the U.N. torture committee hearing on the Vatican, at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Palais Wilson, in Geneva. Tomasi revealed comprehensive statistics for the first time Tuesday on how the Vatican has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi, File)

    Vatican: 848 Priests Defrocked For Abuse Since ’04

    GENEVA  — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than […]

  • VIDEO: Pilgrims Flock to Rome for Double Papal Canonization

    VIDEO: Pilgrims Flock to Rome for Double Papal Canonization

    Pilgrims filled the streets of Rome and the Vatican ahead of Sunday’s double canonization for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Photo: AP

  • Christian pilgrims hold candles at the church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, during the ceremony of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The "holy fire" was passed among worshippers outside the Church and then taken to the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where tradition holds Jesus was born, and from there to other Christian communities in Israel and the West Bank. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Holy Fire Ceremony Draws Thousands In Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM — The dark hall inside Christianity’s holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.
    Christians believe Jesus was crucified, […]

  • Obama Meets Pope Francis, Stressing Fight Against Inequality

    Obama Meets Pope Francis, Stressing Fight Against Inequality

    VATICAN CITY  – U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted growing gaps between rich and poor ahead of his first meeting on Thursday with Pope Francis, an event that was expected to focus on the fight against poverty and skirt moral controversies over […]

  • U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Tells Pope Francis He Is A “Great Admirer”

    VATICAN CITY– President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as […]

  • President Barack Obama, left, is welcomed by Archbishop George Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household, as he arrives at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014. Obama is the ninth president to make an official visit to the Vatican. His audience marks a change of pace for the president, who has devoted the past three days of a weeklong, four-country trip to securing European unity against Russia's aggressive posture toward Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    President Obama At Vatican For 1st Meeting With Pope Francis

    ROME  — President Barack Obama is holding a historic first meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff that the president views as a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality and the poor.
    Obama arrived at the Vatican Thursday morning amid the […]

  • President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One upon his arrival at Fiumicino Airport, Rome, Italy, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Looking For Kindred Spirit In Pope Francis

    ROME  — They speak the same economic language, focused on inequality and the plight of the underprivileged. One’s a spiritual leader; the other a political one. One’s popularity is stratospheric. The other, well, not so much.
    When President Barack Obama meets […]

  • Vatican Surveys Find Catholics Reject Sex Rules

    Vatican Surveys Find Catholics Reject Sex Rules

    VATICAN CITY  — New surveys commissioned by the Vatican show that the vast majority of Catholics in Germany and Switzerland reject church teaching on contraception, sexual morality, gay unions and divorce, findings remarkable both in their similarity and in the […]

  • Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. At left, a faithful waves an Argentine flag. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Pope Warns Church Must Find New Balance Or Fail

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral structure might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a […]

  • VIDEO: Pope prays for ‘peace, dialog, reconciliation’ in Egypt

    VIDEO: Pope prays for ‘peace, dialog, reconciliation’ in Egypt

    Pope Francis called reports that more that more than 500 people were killed in Egypt ‘painful’ and urged Catholics to pray for an end to the violence. Deborah Gembara reports.

  • VIDEO: Two Million Join Pope On Brazil Beach

    VIDEO: Two Million Join Pope On Brazil Beach

    Pope Francis urges Brazil’s youth to seek change and fight apathy while speaking to an estimated two million people at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

  • Pope Francis waves to people from his popemobile as he arrives for a vigil with pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Francis will preside over an evening vigil service on Copacabana beach that is expected to draw more than 1 million young people. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

    Pope Francis Draws Millions In Brazil For Vigil

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis drew a reported 3 million flag-waving, rosary-toting faithful to Rio’s Copacabana beach on Saturday for the final evening of World Youth Day, hours after he […]

  • VIDEO: Pope holds Way of the Cross service

    VIDEO: Pope holds Way of the Cross service

    Pope Francis encourages young people to help fight hunger during a Way of the Cross service on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

  • Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell

    Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell

    Before resigning from papal office on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. CET (7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. EST) Pope Benedict XVI held the last general audience at St. Peter’s Square on Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. CET. Around 200,000 […]


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