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  • Heaven can wait, maybe, but not a phone call for the Pope Francis Aug 11, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    Heaven can wait, maybe, but not a phone call for the Pope Francis

    The pope gestured with his free hand as if the caller could see him - a common impulse for many people when talking on the phone - while he held the device to his left ear with his other hand.

  • Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive Jul 24, 2021 09:59 PM IST

    Vatican reveals property holdings for first time in transparency drive

    The information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the first-ever public budget for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA).

  • Pope Francis had severe narrowing of the colon, no mention of cancer Jul 07, 2021 06:33 PM IST

    Pope Francis had severe narrowing of the colon, no mention of cancer

    The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old pope was continuing to eat regularly following Sunday's surgery to remove half his colon, and that intravenous therapy had been suspended.

  • Explained: Behind the Vatican’s London real estate scandal Jul 05, 2021 11:41 AM IST

    Explained: Behind the Vatican’s London real estate scandal

    The 487-page indictment request capped a two-year investigation that exposed how the Vatican had lost millions of euros — much of it donations from the faithful — in fees to brokers, bad investments and other questionable expenses. Beyond that, prosecutors allege a variety of charges against the defendants, including extortion, embezzlement, abuse of office and corruption.

  • The Pope’s next car will be all-electric May 25, 2021 01:21 PM IST

    The Pope’s next car will be all-electric

    Here’s what you need to know about the next popemobile.

  • Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts Dec 21, 2020 07:25 PM IST

    Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts

    Francis stressed that “crisis” isn’t the same as “conflict,” with crises in the church offering an opportunity for renewal but conflicts just “a waste of energy and occasion for evil.”

  • Pope Francis to make risky trip to Iraq in early March Dec 07, 2020 06:52 PM IST

    Pope Francis to make risky trip to Iraq in early March

    A Vatican source said one of the aims of the trip was to comfort Christians who, amid wars and conflicts, have been forced to flee from Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

  • 'This lady called Covid': Maskless Pope Francis blames virus for distance Oct 28, 2020 05:24 PM IST

    'This lady called Covid': Maskless Pope Francis blames virus for distance

    While Francis' lung condition could explain his reluctance to wear a mask, there has been no comment from the Vatican about why protocol officials allow other people to get close to him without donning face protection.

  • Former top Vatican official says Pope Francis should resign over abuse crisis Aug 27, 2018 10:33 AM IST

    Former top Vatican official says Pope Francis should resign over abuse crisis

    In a detailed 11-page bombshell statement given to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the pope's visit to Ireland, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and US Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace.

  • Vatican discussion: Top China official says that foreign forces can't control religion Aug 18, 2018 11:30 AM IST

    Vatican discussion: Top China official says that foreign forces can't control religion

    Catholics in China are split between those in "underground" communities that recognise the Pope and those from Catholic Patriotic Association where bishops are appointed by the government in collaboration with local Church communities.

  • Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal caught in abuse scandal Jul 28, 2018 06:59 PM IST

    Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal caught in abuse scandal

    McCarrick, 88, is one of the most prominent American cardinals active on the international stage and the charges make him one of the most high-profile Catholic leaders to face abuse claims.

  • Vatican says 'amoral' financial system needs infusion of ethics, more regulation May 18, 2018 08:15 AM IST

    Vatican says 'amoral' financial system needs infusion of ethics, more regulation

    A major document written by two key Holy See departments appeared to take aim at plans to further de-regulate markets in some countries, such as the United States, where President Donald Trump wants to loosen strict banking rules enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa Mar 15, 2016 05:34 PM IST

    Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa

    The move comes 19 years after the death of the missionary nun who dedicated most of her adult life to working with the poor of Kolkata.

  • Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit Jan 25, 2016 06:41 PM IST

    Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit

    Rouhani, eager for foreign investment after the lifting of international sanctions, started the four-day trip to France and Italy on Monday. The trip was originally planned for November but postponed by the attacks in Paris.

  • Pope blesses leather-clad Harley bikers Jun 17, 2013 12:03 PM IST

    Pope blesses leather-clad Harley bikers

    Wearing black boots, jackets and vests, the tattooed Harley-Davidson riders stuck out among the nuns, priests, school children and shorts-wearing tourists at an open-air Mass in St. Peter's square.

  • Vatican fin. body investigating possible money laundering May 23, 2013 12:09 PM IST

    Vatican fin. body investigating possible money laundering

    The Financial Intelligence Authority - Vatican's financial body is investigating possible money laundering in Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), dubbed the world's most secretive bank by Forbes magazine

  • Pope accepts Peres' invitation to Israel May 01, 2013 01:50 PM IST

    Pope accepts Peres' invitation to Israel

    Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle-East.

  • Vatican to digitise manuscripts into 2.8 petabytes of data Mar 18, 2013 05:33 PM IST

    Vatican to digitise manuscripts into 2.8 petabytes of data

    The Vaticans precious books are all set to get a new age makeover with the digitisation of the entire Apostolic Library. The process will take a whopping nine years...

  • Pope Francis seen as ray of hope for India's Vatican dream Mar 17, 2013 12:15 PM IST

    Pope Francis seen as ray of hope for India's Vatican dream

    The Catholic Church in India expects more representation in Vatican during new Pope Francis' tenure considering the humble background of the first pontiff from Latin America.

  • Pope returns to Rome hotel - to pay bill Mar 14, 2013 08:00 PM IST

    Pope returns to Rome hotel - to pay bill

    Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said.

  • In Argentina, elated faithful celebrate local Pope Mar 14, 2013 12:32 PM IST

    In Argentina, elated faithful celebrate local Pope

    Elated and proud Argentines wept for joy and packed the Buenos Aires cathedral to celebrate the stunning election of the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

  • The Pope's @Pontifex account to exit Twitter with his resignation Feb 23, 2013 12:19 PM IST

    The Pope's @Pontifex account to exit Twitter with his resignation

    It's not even been three months since his Twitter account was launched with much gusto, but Pope Benedict XVIs presence as @Pontifex is set to end as he...

  • Pope resigning on Feb 28, conclave in March Feb 11, 2013 05:00 PM IST

    Pope resigning on Feb 28, conclave in March

    Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign on February 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

  • Meet social networking's newest brand ambassador, Pope Benedict XVI Jan 28, 2013 02:40 PM IST

    Meet social networking's newest brand ambassador, Pope Benedict XVI

    Pope Benedict XVI has taken to social networking and how. The newest Twitter convert has urged Catholics all over the world to use social networking websites

  • Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: 'Dear Friends... ' Dec 13, 2012 05:28 PM IST

    Pope hits 1M mark as he tweets: 'Dear Friends... '

    Pope Benedict XVI hit the 1 million Twitter follower mark on Wednesday as he sent his first tweet from his new account...

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