BERLIN (AP) - The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows. German customs officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday. Officers at Leipzig airport found 340 grams (12 ounces) of the drug packed into 14 condoms inside... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for "systematically" adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the bishops who concealed their crimes. In... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is now waiting for five more cardinals to reach Rome before setting the date for the conclave to elect a new pope. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said another handful of cardinals had arrived Monday night, bringing the number of voting-age cardinals... more »
With the Pope officially retired, thousands around the world are watching and waiting for the papal conclave to begin.
"It's quite exciting in anticipation of what on earth and what in heaven is going to happen."
News of the Pope's retirement has surprised Catholics, but Monsignor Richard Greene... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A man has scaled the scaffolding around St. Peter's Square and draped a banner calling on Pope Benedict XVI to "Stop Terrorism." The man identified himself on the banner as Julian Jungarean, a Romanian who has previously scaled the colonnade around the piazza. Witnesses say uniformed... more »
ROME (AP) - The Vatican is lending iPods to pilgrims in a pilot program aimed at coupling ancient basilicas with modern technology to lower the noise level from tour guide chatter. From a tiny booth in the back of St. John in Lateran, the Vatican has been quietly asking tourists... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30.18 million) from a Vatican bank account Tuesday and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money laundering probe. The Vatican said it was "perplexed and surprised" by the investigation. Italian financial police... more »
VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican has posted its third straight financial loss, registering a euro4.1 million ($5.2 million) deficit for 2009. The financial report released Saturday by the Holy See's press office listed revenues of euro250.18 million against expenses of euro254.28 million. Most of the expenses went to support... more »
ROME (AP) - Comedian Sarah Silverman has a new proposal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican. In a new profanity-laced monologue making the rounds on YouTube in time for U.N. World Food Day on Friday, Silverman suggests that it's time for the pope to "move out of your house... more »