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Pope Benedict XVI's resigned starting with February 28

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...21; after leaving office. “Emeritus” is a Latin word meaning “retired”, from the verb “emereri” – to earn one’s discharge by service. 2. New home. Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican by helicopter before he resigns at 20:00 on Thursday, but he will return in about three months to a new residence – a former convent known as Mater Ecclesiae ̵...

John Paul II could be declared a saint this year after a Vatican committee approved a second miracle attributed to him

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...speed in beatifying John Paul II just six years after his death. Although widely regarded as one of the great popes of modern times, his 26-year pontificate was tarnished by his handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal that has rocked the global Church. Critics say other of the Church’s deep-seated problems – such as its dysfunctional management and financial scandals at the Vatican...

Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican

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...ream of corruption”, according to reports in Catholic media. Pope Francis is said to have made the remarks during a private meeting with a group of Latin American Catholic clerics. The clerics wrote up a report of the conversation that then appeared on the Chilean website Reflection and Liberation. According to the report, Pope Francis was extremely open as he discussed problems at the Vatic...

Pietro Parolin is replacing Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone as part of Pope Francis’ initiative to reform the Vatican

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...rolin is replacing Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone as part of Pope Francis’ initiative to reform the Vatican. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, had been widely criticized over last year’s so-called “Vatileaks” scandals. Leaked documents revealed corruption and infighting at the Vatican. In September Tarcisio Bertone said he had been the victim of R...

The UN has said that the Vatican should "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers

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The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to abuse thousands of children. The UN has said that the Vatican should “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. In a report, it also criticized Vatican attitudes towards homos**uality, contraception and abortion. The Vatican responded by sayi...

Francois Hollande has met Pope Francis at the Vatican on his first foreign visit since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet

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...cked her lawyer for saying she was seeking to end her relationship withFrancois Hollande “with the greatest possible dignity”. Valerie Trierweiler told the Europe 1 radio network she “felt betrayed”. Francois Hollande has met Pope Francis at the Vatican on his first foreign visit since reports of his alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet Speaking after their meeting, Fra...

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano has been charged with laundering millions through the Vatican bank

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...with arrest warrants on Tuesday, police said. Last year, Pope Francis set up a commission to review the bank’s activities after a series of scandals. Traditionally the Vatican has opposed the right of the Italian judiciary to investigate alleged crimes committed by its officials on the grounds of diplomatic immunity and privilege. Under Pope Francis, increased cooperation between the Vatica...

The Vatican's bank has unveiled its first annual report in its 125-year history

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The Vatican’s bank has unveiled its first annual report in its 125-year history as part of an attempt to become more financially transparent. The Institute for Religious Works (IOR) has been dogged by accusations of corruption. The report shows 2012 was a successful year for the bank, with net profits more than quadrupling to 86.6 million euros. The bank said this jump was mainly due to fav...

Paolo Gabriele, former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, will stand trial for stealing confidential papers and leaking them to the press

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...e, former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, will stand trial for stealing confidential papers and leaking them to the press, a magistrate has ruled. Paolo Gabriele was arrested in May after police found confidential documents at his Vatican flat. He has been charged with aggravated theft while another Vatican employee, a computer analyst, faces complicity charges. The Vatican says it is continuing to i...

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican

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The Vatican has unveiled Evangelii Gaudium, the first major work Pope Francis has written in the role. Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican. In his Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy. The pontiff also warns that rising global economic inequality is bound to explode in conflic...

Jill Kelley has finally broken her silence over David Petraeus affair since the scandal erupted three months ago

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Florida socialite Jill Kelley has finally broken her silence over David Petraeus affair since the scandal erupted three months ago and said she never met Paula Broadwell, who tried to “blackmail, extort and threaten her”. Jill Kelley – who has been described as the “other other woman” in David Petraeus affair – has been accused of many things since the scandal erupted. The Lebanese-bo...

Jill Kelley, the Florida socialite at the centre of CIA director David Petraeus downfall, is planning a tell-all book

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...s sparked by Jill Kelley. Another senior military figure, General John R. Allen, became embroiled in the scandal after allegedly exchanging inappropriate emails with the Tampa based Jill Kelley. The mother of three had befriended David Petraeus and General John Allen when they were both stationed at US Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base near her home overlooking Tampa Bay. She threw lav...

At an Easter vigil Mass in St Peter's, Pope Francis appealed to non-believers and lapsed Catholics to "step forward" towards God

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...ebrates his first Easter Sunday since his election, with an open-air Mass in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The Pope will then deliver an “Urbi et Orbi” address from a balcony of St Peter’s. Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. At an Easter vigil Mass in St Peter’s, Pope Francis appealed to non-believers and lapsed Catholics to “st...

Pope Francis has set up a commission of inquiry to review the activities of the Vatican bank

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Pope Francis has set up a commission of inquiry to review the activities of the Vatican bank, following recent scandals. Earlier this month, Pope Francis named a trusted cleric to oversee the management of the bank, which is known officially as the Institute for Religious Works. The institution, one of the world’s most secretive banks, has been beset by allegations of money-laundering. Vati...

One unconfirmed report suggested Pope Benedict had resigned after being presented with a dossier detailing a network of priests who were being blackmailed

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...after being presented with a dossier detailing a network of priests who were being blackmailed. But the Vatican spokesman said those who were putting themselves in a position of judgement had no authority to do so. “Whoever has money, sex and power at the forefront of the mind sees the world through these parameters and cannot see beyond these even when looking at the Church,” he said...

The Vatican is considering calls from cardinals to hold a papal conclave earlier than planned, after Pope Benedict XVI steps down on February 28

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...majority of two thirds plus one vote. Pope Benedict XVI was elected after only four ballots in 2005. The 85-year-old pontiff announced his shock resignation last Monday, citing his advanced age as the reason for stepping down. Pope Benedict is expected to spend his retirement in a monastery at the Vatican. Last week, Pope Benedict hinted he would withdraw into seclusion at the end of this month. &...

Italian media claims Pope Benedict XVI resignation has been linked to a secret dossier from three cardinals claiming a “gay network” inside the Vatican

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...resignation has been linked to a secret dossier from three cardinals claiming a “gay network” inside the Vatican. The cardinals uncovered an underground network of senior clergy who have organized gay homosexual parties and faced blackmail, according to newspaper La Repubblica. The paper claims the explosive allegations were made in a report into the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal which was present...

Pope Francis has not abolished sin as was published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica

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Pope Francis has not abolished sin as was published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Tuesday. Father Federico Lombardi said the Vatican felt compelled to deny a published article titled Francis’ Revolution, has abolished sin writing by a renowned Italian intellectual, Eugenio Scalfari. Pope Francis has not abolished sin as was published by Italian n...

Vatican Radio’s online collection consists of more than 8,000 recordings from its pontifical archives

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Vatican Radio’s new digital archive will made available to the public audio recordings featuring the voices of popes from as far back as 1884. The online collection consists of more than 8,000 recordings from Vatican Radio’s pontifical archives. It will take place in conjunction with the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII (1958-1963) on April 27. Vatican spokesman Federico Lo...

The word "Jesus" is misspelt as "Lesus" in the upper right-hand section of the coin

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The Vatican has decided to withdraw from sale 6,000 copies of a new papal medal on which the name of Jesus was misspelled. In an inscription around the edge of the coin, Jesus was spelt with an L instead of a J. The word “Jesus” is misspelt as “Lesus” in the upper right-hand section of the coin Keen-eyed experts snapped up a handful of the coins, which were struck in gold...

Vatican Pontifical Academy for Latin will promote the knowledge and study of the language from classical times to the present day

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Bishop Fernando Bargallo initially said the woman was a childhood friend, but later admitted to having had "amorous ties" with her

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...dmitted to having had “amorous ties” with her. Bishop Fernando Bargallo was in charge of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, in the province of Buenos Aires. The scandal broke last week, when an Argentine television station broadcast pictures of Monsignor Fernando Bargallo on holiday at a beach resort in Mexico in the company of a woman. Bishop Fernando Bargallo initially said the woman was...

French ministers are to hold talks with key players in the meat industry as the horsemeat scandal widens to up to 16 countries

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French ministers are to hold talks with key players in the meat industry as the horsemeat scandal widens to up to 16 countries. Seven French supermarket chains have withdrawn frozen beef meals made by Findus and Comigel. The move followed the discovery that foods sold in Europe and the UK labelled as beef contained horsemeat. The scandal has raised questions about the complexity of the food indus...

Penn State has spent $59.7 million on costs related to the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky

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Penn State has spent $59.7 million on costs related to the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child abuse. Penn State is paying the sum to 26 young men over claims of child abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The school said 23 deals are fully signed and three are agreements in principle, but did not disclose the names of the recipients. The s...

Turkish corruption scandal has forced PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reshuffle his cabinet following the resignations of three ministers

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...oes not want to get involved in “political arguments”, amid a major political corruption scandal. The crisis has forced PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reshuffle his cabinet following the resignations of three ministers. The ministers’ sons were among dozens of people detained as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe. The scandal has caused Turkey’s lira to fall to a new low a...