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...

Taiwan, Vatican team up to provide facial masks to Africa

In a spirit of collaboration, the Holy See will donate 100,000 surgical face masks provided by Taiwan to certain African countries to help them combat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan's a...

Dalla Torre, grand master of Knights of Malta, dies at 75

ROME (AP) — Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, an Italian aristocrat who steered the ancient Knights of Malta religious order after an institutional crisis with the Vatican, has died. He w...

As lockdowns ease, health officials urge virus vigilance

BANGKOK (AP) — As governments move forward with plans to ease coronavirus restrictions, health officials around the globe are calling on the public to remain vigilant so that hard-won victories in the...

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...

Pope Francis reportedly planning trip to China's Wuhan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Italian newspaper La Verità recently revealed that Vatican City is secretly planning a trip for Pope Francis to visit the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavir...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 112th day of 2020. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21...

Nations seek to ease nursing home loneliness yet keep safe

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes just wanted to do the humane thing, After so many frail and elderly nursing home residents had been held in seclusion from ...

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...

European, African leaders call for massive help for Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nearly 20 European and African leaders have made a joint appeal for a massive international effort to boost Africa’s coronavirus response, saying that “only a global victory that f...

Australian cardinal links corruption to child abuse charges

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell has linked his fight against corruption in the Vatican with his prosecution in Australia for alleged child sex abuse. Pell was regarde...

Countries facing pressure to loosen virus restrictions

TOKYO (AP) — South Korean officials warned Monday that hard-earned progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic could be upset by new infections at bars and leisure spots, highlighting global tensions b...

Amid pandemic, Christians celebrate an Easter like no other

NEW YORK (AP) — Christians celebrated Easter Sunday isolated in their homes by the coronavirus while pastors preached the faith’s joyous news of Christ's resurrection to empty pews. St...

In divergent Easter celebrations, prayers for virus victims

Christians around the world celebrated an Easter Sunday upended by the coronavirus without the usual crowded church Masses and large family gatherings. Instead, they turned to the internet, television...