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# vatican - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Vatican turns to social media as two popes - including John Paul II - to be made saints

Millions of people are expected to attend the mass later this month at which the two popes will be canonised.

# vatican - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Popular Pope meets increasingly unpopular US President

US bishops were among the most outspoken opponents of Obamacare, objecting to its mandatory coverage of contraception.

# vatican - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Box of liquid cocaine-filled condoms sent to the Vatican

The package – sent from South America – was intercepted in Germany at an airport.

# vatican - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Abuse survivor Marie Collins added to Vatican commission to protect children

The commission is aimed at protecting minors against abuse in the Catholic Church.

# vatican - Friday 21 March, 2014

"Stop doing evil": Pope Francis takes on the mafia

“Men and women of the mafia… change your way of life. Stop doing evil, convert,” he said.

# vatican - Thursday 13 March, 2014

How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?

The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.

# vatican - Thursday 6 March, 2014

'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'

Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been discussing the still-controversial closure of the Vatican embassy 26 months ago. It has since been decided to reopen it.

# vatican - Monday 24 February, 2014

The Vatican will now have its own finance ministry

Pope Francis has set it up in the wake of the scandals at the Vatican Bank.

# vatican - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

RSVP: Senators want to invite Pope Francis to Ireland

A visit from Pope Francis to Ireland would begin the healing process, says Senator David Norris who tabled the motion.

# vatican - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Here's Pope Francis meeting Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan

After the meeting, Lee said she hopes the Pope will help her with her fight to help mothers and children who need closure.

Vatican says it will protect children - but criticises UN for 'interfering'

The Holy See said it sees some of the UN committee’s observations as interfering with its teaching.

United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children

The UN demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

# vatican - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Queen Elizabeth to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican

Queen Elizabeth will meet with the Pontiff on 3 April, Buckingham Palace announced today.

# vatican - Monday 27 January, 2014

Vial thieves steal blood of Pope John Paul II

Sniffer dogs and 50 police officers are on the hunt for the deceased pontiff’s blood.

# vatican - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God

However the Pope also warned internet users not to isolate themselves from society.

# vatican - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

‘Iranians look upon the closure of the Irish embassy as a slight’

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said while she was in Iran, the Irish embassy closure was brought up repeatedly in meetings.

# vatican - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

New Vatican embassy is about new policies, not new Pope - Gilmore

The new scaled-back presence in the Holy See is about Pope Francis’ view on worldwide poverty and hunger according to the Tánaiste.

# vatican - Friday 17 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

# vatican - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Vatican questioned by UN watchdog on child abuse record

The hearing came as Pope Francis said all Catholics should feel “shame”, in an apparent reference to sexual abuse.

# vatican - Sunday 5 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict makes second secret trip outside Vatican

The former pope, who promised on retirement to “live hidden from the world”, made excursion to visit brother in hospital.

# vatican - Saturday 4 January, 2014

Pope celebrates fast-track sainthood of personal hero Pierre Favre

The accelerated elevation of Jesuit priest bypassed Vatican tradition.

# vatican - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Pope Francis forms commission to advise on sex abuse

They are tasked with looking at how to protect children from paedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims.

Vatican not legally liable for clerical abuse - says Vatican

UN committee’s questionnaire on Vatican’s own investigations into clerical sex abuse cases also remains unanswered.

# vatican - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Vatican charity arm turning pope's words into action

Discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to Pope Francis.

# vatican - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

How should the Pope do his job? He wants you to tell him

Pope Francis is looking for suggestions on how his role should change, and has called for powers to be taken away from the Vatican.

# vatican - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy

There is no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term says Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

# vatican - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Fr Flannery 'surprised and shocked' at Vatican cardinal's outspoken interview

Cardinal William Levada accused the Irish priest of being “formally in heresy”.

# vatican - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Even the Pope has had his phone tapped by the US says Italian magazine

The NSA snooped on Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s residence in the Vatican before he was elected as Pope Francis in March according to Panorama magazine.

From The Daily Edge Pope Francis allows little boy to crash the stage at the Vatican Boy In Yellow

Pope Francis allows little boy to crash the stage at the Vatican

The Pope made a new friend during an event for families in St Peter’s Square.

# vatican - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop' over ostentatious lifestyle

The bishop flew to Rome last week with low-cost airline Ryanair to explain himself to Pope Francis after the cost of his extravagant new residence complex blew out to at least €31 million

# vatican - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Here’s what happened today: Saturday

The Dublin-based doctor whose family was killed in a fire in England speaks for the first time, four dead in Colorado flooding and a deal on Syria. Here’s how Saturday played out…

This nearly 30-year-old car is set to replace the Popemobile*

*Well, the Pope will drive it around the Vatican, at least.

# vatican - Thursday 5 September, 2013

Vatican envoy sacked over child sex probe

The Monsignor is accused of having sex with underage boys in Santo Domingo.

# vatican - Sunday 7 July, 2013

The Catholic Church shouldn't fear structural renewal – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times – but also advised priests and nuns to shun costly trappings so they can use more resources to help the poor.

# vatican - Saturday 6 July, 2013

Vatican's 007 speaks out on money laundering

Rene Bruelhart, dubbed ‘the James Bond of the financial world’, trying to root out financial crimes in the Holy See.

# vatican - Friday 5 July, 2013

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to be made saints

The long road to sainthood normally requires two confirmed miracles, however, John XXIII only has one.

# vatican - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Top officials at scandal-hit Vatican bank resign

It follows the arrest of a cleric who held accounts at the institution for alleged corruption.

# vatican - Friday 28 June, 2013

'€500 note-loving priest' arrested over suspected Vatican Bank fraud

Nunzio Scarano – nicknamed ‘Montsignor 500′ because of his alleged love of €500 notes – was arrested this morning.

# vatican - Friday 21 June, 2013

Cardinal says Taoiseach’s abortion comment ‘makes no sense’

Kenny’s statement that he’s ‘not a Catholic Taoiseach’ has been criticised by American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.

# vatican - Friday 7 June, 2013

Pope Francis quips: 'I didn't really want this job'

“Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves.”