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# vatican - Monday 27 November, 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

He is expected to address claims of ethnic cleansing in the region.

# vatican - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Pope Francis orders ban on sale of cigarettes in the Vatican

The move will see the Vatican give up an estimated €10 million a year in profits.

# vatican - Sunday 24 September, 2017

The Vatican says it sacked its chief accountant for spying

Libero Milone unexpectedly left his position in June.

# vatican - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Mary McAleese says the Vatican is moving backwards on children's rights

The former president says the church is embroiled in a dispute with the governing body of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

# vatican - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

Three months after Trump snub, Sean Spicer finally gets to meet the Pope

Spicer was not included in an audience earlier this year.

# vatican - Sunday 20 August, 2017

One year to go before the world's Catholics descend on Dublin

Tomorrow bishops and priests will gather at Knock to mark a year before the World Meeting of Families next August.

# vatican - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Vatican switches off its fountains after Italy's driest spring in 60 years

The drought comes after the second-driest spring in 60 years.

# vatican - Thursday 13 July, 2017

Concern from Catholics, but gluten-free communion host IS available in Ireland

A new statement from the Vatican had some people confused.

# vatican - Monday 10 July, 2017

Cardinal Pell returns to Australia to face abuse charges

The former Sydney and Melbourne archbishop has always maintained his innocence.

# vatican - Monday 3 July, 2017

'He prays for them': Pope expresses condolences as baby's life support to be switched off

Ten-month-old baby Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage from which he will not recover.

# vatican - Saturday 1 July, 2017

Pope Francis sacks hardline conservative head of doctrine

He was one of several cardinals who questioned Francis’s determination for the Catholic Church to take a softer line on people traditionally seen as “sinners”.

# vatican - Thursday 29 June, 2017

# vatican - Monday 22 May, 2017

Climate Bells: The gift Michael D Higgins gave Pope Francis today

President Higgins was expected to discuss ‘issues of global importance’ with the Pope in the Vatican today.

# vatican - Friday 19 May, 2017

President Higgins will meet Pope Francis in Rome on Monday

President Higgins will also visit the Biennale, the world’s oldest international art exhibition.

# vatican - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Vatican celebrates big bang theory to dispel 'science conflict'

The head of the Vatican Observatory said people can believe in both God and the big bang theory.

# vatican - Saturday 6 May, 2017

The Pope just got 40 new soldiers

Swiss Guards swear to sacrifice themselves if necessary for the Pope.

# vatican - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Two children who supposedly saw the Virgin Mary are to be made Saints by the Pope

Jacinta and Francisco Marto were said to have seen her in Portugal in 1917.

# vatican - Saturday 15 April, 2017

'We turn towards you with eyes lowered in shame': Pope blasts migrant suffering in Easter prayer

The pontiff also hit out at the scandals which have rocked the Catholic Church.

# vatican - Saturday 4 March, 2017

The Vatican has cut its deficit by over €13 million

The financial disclosure for 2016 is expected in July.

# vatican - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission

Collins said that some members of the Vatican hierarchy were unwilling to make changes.

# vatican - Sunday 29 January, 2017

'The Church is in a state of utter collapse': Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out

Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Sean McDonagh have sharply criticised how the Vatican treats clergy and, in particular, women.

# vatican - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Meal deal: Vatican McDonald's row ends with hamburgers for homeless

Meals made up of a double cheeseburger, an apple and a bottle of water will be handed out every Monday.

# vatican - Saturday 24 December, 2016

'Unacceptable': Order of Malta not happy as Pope Francis launches inquiry

The order’s grand chancellor was dismissed recently, amid reports of a policy row over the use of condoms.

# vatican - Monday 28 November, 2016

Pope Francis' 2018 visit to Ireland will be a 'great gift' - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

An official invitation was extended to the Pope this morning by the Taoiseach.

Five years after attacking Catholic 'narcissism', Enda Kenny meets the Pope

The Taoiseach’s 2011 speech drew plaudits from victims’ groups.

# vatican - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

Enda's diplomatic mission: Taoiseach to pledge 'government support' for Pope's visit to Ireland

The Taoiseach is set to meet Pope Francis in The Vatican on Monday morning.

# vatican - Sunday 20 November, 2016

Swooning, yelling, and spitting blood - a sneak peak inside an exorcism school in Latin America

Manuel Acuna’s 35 students pay just under €45 a month for his three-year, part-time course.

# vatican - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Poll: Do you agree with the Vatican's stance on scattering ashes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the Vatican's stance on scattering ashes?

The Catholic Church has said ashes should not be scattered or kept at home.

# vatican - Tuesday 25 October, 2016

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead

German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller advised people today to store them in places approved by the Church.

# vatican - Friday 14 October, 2016

# vatican - Friday 23 September, 2016

Pope Francis condemns gossipy journalism as a form of terrorism

The pontiff also urged journalists not to stoke fear over migration forced by war or hunger.

# vatican - Thursday 1 September, 2016

"There have been people, young women, who took their own lives because of what Brendan Smyth did to them"

Fr Brian D’Arcy has spoken out about a number of issues in a recent Hot Press interview.

# vatican - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Priests say Vatican's representative in Ireland is "out of sync" with the realities of life

The Association of Catholic Priests said the appointment of appropriate bishops is vital for the survival of the Catholic Church.

# vatican - Saturday 4 June, 2016

Pope approves new measures to fire bishops who mishandled child sexual abuse cases

Francis said a bishop can be removed if his actions or omissions cause “grave harm,” either physical, moral, spiritual or financial, to individuals or communities.

# vatican - Monday 2 May, 2016

WATCH: The Edge becomes the first rock musician to play in the Sistine Chapel

He played a set in the Vatican chapel on Saturday night for the participants of a conference on regenerative medicine.

# vatican - Thursday 3 March, 2016

Cardinal says it was 'disastrous coincidence' five paedophile priests preyed on children

The Vatican’s finance chief was based in the town at a time when dozens of children were being abused.

# vatican - Monday 29 February, 2016

The Catholic Church still doesn't get the horror of child abuse

The Church – to quote the brilliant film “Spotlight” – thinks in centuries, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

Church 'mucked up' and dismissed paedophilia allegations, cardinal admits

Cardinal George Pell told an Australian commission into child sex abuse that the church made “enormous mistakes” in its handling of complaints.

# vatican - Thursday 28 January, 2016

WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio met the Pope and chatted to him in Italian

“You’re the King of the World!”

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