Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Human remains found at Vatican may be missing girl Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Human remains have been found at the Vatican’s embassy to Italy in Rome. The Holy See says the police are investigating the find and that forensic experts have been tasked with determining the “age, sex and date of death” of the body. Rome’s Chief Prosecutor, Giuseppe Pighatone, has tasked the Scientific Police and a mobile Read more

Vatican ‘suffragettes’. Women want a vote in a man’s Church Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Catholic women say there’s a clerical stained glass ceiling in the Vatican, and they want to shatter it. They want to vote in major policy meetings. They want Pope Francis to deliver on his promise to put more women in senior positions in the Holy See’s administration. And some of them say they want to Read more

Meet the man with the keys to the Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Gianni Crea is intimately familiar with the contours of history. Almost every morning for the past six years, he’s opened the doors to the Vatican Museums. He’s experienced the stillness of the Sistine Chapel at dawn, studied the shadows of Caravaggio, and admired the textures of ancient Egypt. “Yes, I’m a key keeper, head key Read more

Meet a Vatican Tailor Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Measure, pin, cut and sew. Once a high-fashion tailor, Ety Cicioni is now customizing cardinal cassocks and Swiss Guard uniforms in a quaint office in the barracks of the papal soldiers, across from the entrance of St. Anne’s Door. It has been 22 years since Cicioni began hand-crafting ecclesiastical garments. Continue reading Related Posts:Versace, Vogue Read more

China and Vatican to sign landmark deal Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Under a new landmark deal with the Vatican, Beijing will recognise Pope Francis as the head of China’s Catholics. In return, the Vatican will recognise excommunicated Chinese bishops. The deal will end a long struggle between Beijing’s Communist rulers and the pope over who chooses the leaders of Catholicism in China. “It is a baby Read more

Pope must admit Vatican disregard for abused on Irish visit Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Irish visit

When Pope Francis comes to Ireland in two weeks’ time it will be 39 years since the last visit by a head of the Catholic Church. Since then the status of the church in Ireland has declined dramatically. Those identifying as Catholic are down by 20 per cent, according to the last census. Mass attendance Read more

Catholic bishop: embezzler, married man and father Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Catholics in a south Indian diocese want their bishop removed for allegedly misappropriating diocesan funds to lead a luxurious life with his wife and son. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah, however, has denied the charges as baseless and aimed at tarnishing his image. Aggrieved Catholics have filed a criminal complaint in a trial court in Read more

Vatican should change birth control rules says Cabinet minister Comments 0

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

A cabinet minister in Britain’s Conservative Party wants Catholic Church leaders to change Catholic teaching on birth control. Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, met with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, and the head of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Read more

Consecrated Virgins shocked: Vatican rules suggest they needn’t be virgins. Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new Vatican rules. These rules appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. Section 88 states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance Read more

Vatican guidelines coming for decommissioned churches Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Vatican guidelines are being drafted to help dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches. The Vatican is keen to ensure the churches don’t end up as “discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops”. The Vatican’s culture ministry, Rome’s Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops’ conference, will host an international conference on managing the sale Read more