Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service

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Pope Francis tells atheists to ‘obey their conscience’

VATICAN CITY — Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 11) penned a long letter … Continued

Pope kicks off reform mission in meeting with Vatican department heads

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday (Sept. 10) met for three hours with the heads of all Vatican departments, … Continued

Liberation theology finds new welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but … Continued

Italian school seeks to revive Catholic dominance of sacred art

FLORENCE, Italy — Set in a luscious park along the banks of the Arno River, an art school is trying … Continued

Pope Francis’ peace appeal for Syria marks Vatican’s return to global stage

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 5) told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that … Continued

Pope Francis taps diplomat as Vatican’s new ‘prime minister’

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of a major diplomatic push to try and prevent a U.S.-led attack on Syria, Pope Francis … Continued

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with wafers made by Argentine inmate

VATICAN CITY — Since mid-July, Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily … Continued

Secretary denies God told Benedict XVI to resign

VATICAN CITY — The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI denied that the pontiff resigned as a consequence of … Continued

Benedict XVI: ‘God told me’ to resign

VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy because “God told me” to, according to a report … Continued

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s end

VATICAN CITY: In message published on Friday (Aug. 2), Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem … Continued

Jesuit priest likely kidnapped in Syria

VATICAN CITY — A prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad … Continued

Pope Francis to encounter a church in crisis in Brazil

VATICAN CITY — Six years ago, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires attended a gathering of Latin American bishops at … Continued

Are miracles really needed to become a saint?

VATICAN CITY — When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and … Continued

UN panel questions Vatican record on child sex abuse

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has been called to give detailed information on its record on child sexual abuse to … Continued

Pope Francis decries ‘globalization of indifference’

VATICAN CITY — In his first official trip outside Rome since his election, Pope Francis visited the tiny island of … Continued

Pope Francis proclaims John Paul II, John XXIII as new saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis declared on Friday (July 5) that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be … Continued

Former aide confirms John Paul II on verge of sainthood

VATICAN CITY — The late Pope John Paul II is on the verge of sainthood just eight years after his … Continued

Pope Francis cleans house at the Vatican Bank

VATICAN CITY — Two top managers of the Vatican Bank resigned on Monday (July 1), just five days after Pope … Continued

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis confronts his first scandal in Vatican Bank mess

VATICAN CITY — Just two days after creating a commission to review the activities of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank, Pope … Continued

Pope creates commission to review scandal-plagued Vatican Bank

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday (June 26) set up a commission to review the activities of the scandal-plagued … Continued