By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service

Stories by By Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service

New Vatican sex abuse prosecutor praises media

VATICAN CITY — In his first public appearance since arriving in Rome, the new Vatican prosecutor for sexual abuse cases … Continued

Vatican signals options for protecting gay couples

VATICAN CITY — A high-ranking Vatican official on Monday (Feb. 4) voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of … Continued

Vatican shoots down claim that Iran backed John Paul assassination attempt

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Friday (Feb. 1) dismissed a claim by the man who tried to kill Pope … Continued

Vatican admits it doesn’t fully understand youth culture

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s culture ministry warned on Thursday (Jan. 31) that the Catholic Church risks losing future generations … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI says lack of ‘faith’ could be used in marriage annulments

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican’s highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage … Continued

Vatican defends pope’s Twitter account despite attacks

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Jan. 24) defended the pope’s choice to open a Twitter account even if … Continued

Lutherans warn Vatican against simpler conversions

VATICAN CITY — Lutheran leaders have warned the Vatican that the creation of a structure to welcome conservative Lutherans into … Continued

Vatican admits stalemate in talks with traditional SSPX group

VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican official admitted that years of talks between the Vatican and a breakaway group of … Continued

Vatican criticizes European religious freedom ruling

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 16) criticized a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that … Continued

Europeans launch campaign to declare life starts at conception

VATICAN CITY — Anti-abortion groups from 20 different countries have launched a petition to ask the European Parliament to recognize … Continued

Traditionalist SSPX leader calls Jews’enemies of the church’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with Jews on Monday (Jan. 7) after the head of … Continued

Pope Paul VI inches one step closer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY — Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s … Continued

Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism

VATICAN CITY — Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and in Europe, the Catholic Church has intensified its … Continued

European austerity measures reach the Vatican budget

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican must adopt “effective” cost reduction measures in the wake of the global economic crisis, Pope … Continued

Vatican works to stop Sunday shopping in Italy

VATICAN CITY — The Roman Catholic Church, trade unions and small business associations have joined forces in a bid to … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI promotes personal secretary to head of household

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (Dec. 7) promoted his personal secretary to head of the papal household, … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI joins Twitter, plans mobile app

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican unveiled Pope Benedict XVI’s Twitter account on Monday (Dec. 3) as it announced a series … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI tightens church control over Catholic charities

VATICAN CITY — Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church … Continued

Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were … Continued