Mar 17, 2013 06:51 EDT
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou was due to leave for the Vatican on Sunday to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis in a move that has stoked tensions with China.
Mar 14, 2013 14:06 EDT
Pope Francis, at age 76 only two years younger than his predecessor Benedict XVI upon his election, enjoys good health, the Vatican said Thursday while confirming that he had part of his lung removed as a boy.
Mar 14, 2013 11:25 EDT
Pope Francis had part of a lung removed "many, many years ago", the Vatican said Thursday after the 76-year-old's historic election.
Mar 08, 2013 11:46 EST
Catholic cardinals will meet for a conclave starting on Tuesday to elect the next pope after Benedict XVI's historic resignation, the Vatican said in a statement.
Mar 03, 2013 22:17 EST
Catholic cardinals begin talks on Monday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI's historic resignation, as a British cardinal not in attendance admitted to sexual misconduct with priests.
Feb 26, 2013 11:07 EST
Pope Benedict XVI will be known as "pope emeritus" and can continue to wear the white papal cassock after he steps down this week, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Feb 26, 2013 07:18 EST
Pope Benedict XVI will have the official title of "pontiff emeritus" after he resigns on Thursday -- the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so since the Middle Ages, the Vatican said.
Feb 25, 2013 14:36 EST
Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree on Monday allowing cardinals to bring forward a conclave to elect his successor, as the resignation of a top cardinal and deepening intrigue in the Vatican clouded the run-up to the vote.
Feb 20, 2013 11:51 EST
Pope Benedict XVI may issue a decree to bring forward the start date for a conclave of cardinals to elect his successor to earlier in March, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Feb 20, 2013 08:57 EST
Pope Benedict XVI may issue a decree that would bring forward the conclave tasked with electing his successor before a date in mid-March scheduled under the current rules, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Feb 20, 2013 08:21 EST
Pope Benedict XVI may issue a decree bringing forward the conclave tasked with electing his successor and which can theoretically begin before March 15, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Feb 13, 2013 09:44 EST
Pope Benedict XVI will lose his infallibility -- his supreme authority in Church matters -- as soon he steps down on February 28, the Vatican said on Wednesday as it struggles to explain a virtually unprecedented situation.
Dec 22, 2012 20:16 EST
Pope Benedict XVI pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing secret papal memos, but banished the once loyal servant from the Vatican forever.
Dec 22, 2012 08:13 EST
Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking secret papal memos, but banished him from the Vatican.
Oct 16, 2012 14:36 EDT
Pope Benedict XVI will send a delegation to the Syrian capital to "express his brotherly solidarity with the entire population", the Vatican said Tuesday.
Sep 17, 2012 09:22 EDT
Pope Benedict XVI's former butler and a Vatican computer technician will go on trial starting September 29 on charges of leaking secret papers that revealed fraud and intrigue in the Holy See.
Aug 25, 2012 14:34 EDT
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Saturday went to the defence of the young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she "cannot read or write."
Aug 06, 2012 12:39 EDT
The Vatican Monday warned of threats of "unprecedented gravity" to the Catholic Church in the United States, in the latest such censure in the lead-up to the US presidential elections.
Jul 21, 2012 14:04 EDT
Pope Benedict XVI's butler was released from a Vatican cell and placed under house arrest on Saturday as he awaits a ruling on whether he should stand trial for leaking confidential papers.
Jul 07, 2012 22:58 EDT
The Catholic Church could have avoided much of the scandal that currently surrounds it if women had been in positions of power, says a feminist insider in the Church.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|State of the Vatican City
Stato della Città del Vaticano
|Anthem: "Inno e Marcia Pontificale" (Italian)|
"Pontifical Anthem and March"
|Ethnic groups||Italians, Swiss (Swiss Guards), other |
|-||Sovereign||Pope Benedict XVI|
|-||President of the Government||Giovanni Lajolo|
|Independence||from the Kingdom of Italy|
|-||Lateran Treaty||11 February 1929|
|-||Total||0.44 km2 (233rd)|
0 sq mi
|-||July 2009 estimate||826 (220th)|
|Currency||Euro (€)  (|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|-||Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|