Vatican ties virus rethink to pope's environmental appeal

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is marking the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical by calling for the world to map out a sustainable post-coronavirus future that considers the pl...

Italy opens churches as virus rules dictate how to eat, pray

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy and the Vatican opened a new phase in the virus crisis Monday, with churches resuming public Masses after a sharp confrontation between the Italian church and state over limi...

Retired pope suggests St. John Paul II be called "the Great"

ROME (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has honored St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floated the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been. ...

Italian lawmaker sorry for calling hostage a 'neo-terrorist'

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker apologized Thursday for calling a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” Alessandro Pagano of ...

Bigotry mars return of Italy hostage who converted to Islam

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker in Italy was reprimanded Wednesday after he called a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while being held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” ...

Vatican cardinal in new row over virus "pretext" petition

ROME (AP) — A petition signed by some conservative Catholics claiming the coronavirus is an overhyped “pretext" to deprive the faithful of Mass and impose a new world order has run into a bit of a hit...

Vatican urges internal migrants get same rights as refugees

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says internal migrants should have the same legal protections as refugees and says their children should have the right to birth certificates, education and being reunited with...

Vatican closes latest probe into girl's 1983 disappearance

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has formally closed its latest investigation into the 1983 disappearance of an employee’s 15-year-old daughter after digging up a Holy See cemetery in search of her remains. ...

Lives Lost: Doctor taught a generation of Italian physicians

ROME (AP) — Every October, on the feast day of the patron saint of physicians, Dr. Roberto Stella would organize a simple ceremony at a tiny church in northern Italy to honor Italian doctors who had d...

Pope urges virus lockdown obedience amid church-state debate

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis waded into the church-state debate about virus-imposed lockdowns of religious services, calling Tuesday for “prudence and obedience” to government protocols to prevent infecti...

Amid pandemic, Italy sees hope in Genoa bridge completion

ROME (AP) — Nearly two years after a highway bridge in Genoa collapsed and killed 43 people, workers moved the final piece of a replacement span into place Tuesday in a milestone hailed by Italy’s pre...

As virus lockdown eases, Italy ponders what went wrong

ROME (AP) — As Italy prepares to emerge from the West’s first and most extensive coronavirus lockdown, it is increasingly clear that something went terribly wrong in Lombardy, the hardest-hit region i...

Perfect storm: Lombardy's virus disaster is lesson for world

ROME (AP) — As Italy prepares to emerge from the West’s first and most extensive coronavirus lockdown, it is increasingly clear that something went terribly wrong in Lombardy, the hardest-hit region i...

Pope dreams of post-virus world where inequalities abolished

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging the faithful to use the coronavirus pandemic's “time of trial” to prepare for a future where inequalities are abolished and the poorest are no longer left behind. ...

Vatican removes financial watchdog head as scandal continues

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday replaced the director of its financial watchdog agency, completing a coup that began in October with controversial police raids on the watchdog offices and an inve...