Pope to mark Holy Week ceremonies in shelter of St. Peter's

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Week ceremonies in the confines of Vatican City, including a Good Friday Way of the Cross service on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica instead of a...

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

ROME (AP) — The Vatican is under pressure to let more employees work from home as several of its offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered people to stay home and shut down al...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, March 19, the 79th day of 2020. There are 287 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 11:50 p.m. EDT, the earliest the vernal equinox has occurre...

Asia urges vigilance to maintain hard-won infection drops

TOKYO (AP) — Millions of people began holing up at home, stocking up on supplies and keeping a wary eye on how close they got to friends and neighbors as fear of the coronavirus spread to more places ...

Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic

ROME (AP) — Despite ltaly's coronavirus lockdown, Pope Francis visits two Rome churches to pray for an end to the pandemic.

Vatican's Holy Week to proceed but without public amid virus

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's Holy Week ceremonies will go ahead but without public attendance as Italy tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the Holy See said Sunday. Vatic...

New curbs as virus weighs on public life, travel, worship

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A new round of restrictions and border closures was announced in Europe and beyond on Sunday as public life and travel increasingly ground to a halt and even worship was ...

AP PHOTOS: Italians cooped up by virus cope with creativity

ROME (AP) — Italians are cooped up at home by a government decree to combat the spread of coronavirus. They are coping creatively. A trumpeter on a balcony in Sicily blasts out “Ima...

Prosecutor says Australian cardinal's convictions must stand

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A prosecutor argued on Thursday why Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sex abuse should stand on the final day of his appeal in Australia’s highest court. ...

Virus lockdown hits Vatican as pope livestreams audience

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in the privacy of his library Wednesday as the Vatican implemented Italy’s drastic virus lockdown measures. Police barred t...

Italy passes 10,000 infections as clusters spur worry in US

ROME (AP) — Expanding clusters of the new coronavirus were eyed warily Wednesday as the outbreak upended daily life and reshaped everything from the United States presidential race to Pope Franc...

The Latest: Pope won't visit East Timor, more trips in doubt

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: ___ The Vatican representative to East Timor said a visit by Pope Francis has been cancelled due to the c...

Australia's High Court hears what may be Pell's last appeal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse took his appeal to Australia’s highest court Wednesday in potentially his last bid to clear his name. ...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Wednesday began hearing an appeal by Cardinal George Pell against his convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decad...

Australia's High Court to hear Pell abuse appeal Wednesday

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse will take his appeal to Australia’s highest court on Wednesday in potentially his last bid to clear his name. ...