Italy: 'Bad omen' as blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy

The blood of Naples' patron saint has failed to liquefy, causing unease among some superstitious Neapolitans who see it as a bad omen.The blood of S. Gennaro, the patron of Naples, failed to liquefy o...

Vatican 'Darth Vader' Nativity scene lampooned

Nativity scene in St Peter's Square sparks widespread criticism.The Vatican's unconventional Nativity scene in St Peter's Square has provoked a wave of criticism in the press and has been ridiculed wi...

Covid-19: Pope to hold Christmas 'Midnight Mass' early due to Italy's curfew

Vatican to hold 'Midnight Mass' at 19.30 on Christmas Eve. Pope Francis will celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve Mass two hours earlier than normal to keep in line with Italy's covid-19 curfew, a...

Vatican lights up Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Christmas magic comes to Piazza S. Pietro. The Vatican will light up its 2020 Christmas tree and inaugurate its Nativity scene in St Peter's Square at 16.30 on Friday 11 December, reports Vatican New...

Rome: Pope Francis makes surprise dawn visit to Immaculate Conception statue in heavy rain

Vatican had announced that pontiff would not be making traditional pilgrimage to avoid covid-19 contagion among crowds. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the statue of the Immaculate Conception n...

Italy: Saint's statue flown over town after processsion ban

Annual religious procession was cancelled due to covid-19. When covid-19 caused the cancellation of an annual procession to venerate Saint Barbara, the patron of the central Italian town of Rieti, di...

Vatican to host Christmas crib exhibition in St Peter's Square

100 Presepi moves to colonnade of Piazza S. Pietro. The 2020 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome's international Nativity crib exhibition, will be held under the colonnade of St Peter's Square, from 13 Dece...

Covid-19: Pope cancels pilgrimage to Rome's Spanish Steps

Pontiff will not make annual pilgrimage on 8 December this year, breaking a tradition dating back to 1953. Pope Francis has cancelled his annual pilgrimage into the centre of Rome for the feast of th...

Vatican to keep festive spirit alive with Christmas tree in St Peter's Square

Covid-19 won't stop the Vatican from bringing Christmas cheer to Piazza S. Pietro. The Vatican is scheduled to illuminate its 2020 Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St Peter's Square at 16.30 on F...

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in Rome

All Saints’ Day, or Ognissanti, on Sunday 1 November is a public holiday in Italy. However this year it falls on a Sunday so it won't make any difference to the closure of schools or public offices....

Vatican: Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples

Pontiff signals support for same-sex civil unions in comments likely to spark controversy. Pope Francis called for legislation for civil union laws for same-sex couples, saying that gay couples deser...

Covid-19 in Vatican City: 4 Swiss Guards test positive

Vatican steps up restrictions as Swiss Guards test positive for covid-19. Four Swiss Guards at the Vatican have tested positive for coronavirus, leading the Holy See to further tighten its restrictio...

Powerful Vatican cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns amid financial scandal

Pope Francis accepts the sudden resignation of a senior Vatican cardinal who will no longer be entitled to vote in conclave. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, one of the Vatican's highest-ranking cardinals, re...

Covid-19: Pope Francis to resume audiences with faithful

Faithful can begin attending weekly Wednesday audience with Pope Francis in September. The faithful will be readmitted to the pope's weekly general audiences starting on Wednesday 2 September, the Pr...

Emeritus Pope Benedict in Germany with sick brother

Vatican confirms that Pope Emeritus Benedict is in Germany. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI travelled to Germany today to visit his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger who is aged 96 and in ailing health, r...

Pope pays tribute to St John Paul II on centenary

Karol Wojtyła was born 100 years ago today. Pope Francis will offer Mass at the altar of the tomb of St John Paul II in St Peter’s Basilica on 18 May, to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of th...

Italian bishops seek return of Mass, weddings and funerals

Italian church leaders wish to resume religious ceremonies while respecting health regulations. Italy's Conference of Bishops (CEI) is to ask the government to be permitted to resume public Masses an...

Vatican: Via Crucis in empty St Peter's Square

This year the Vatican's Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, ceremony is being held in front of St Peter's Basilica, instead of at the Colosseum, at 21.00. Watch it live on the Vatican Media channel, with...

Vatican streams Easter ceremonies at St Peter's

Pope Francis celebrates Easter ceremonies at St Peter's without the faithful. Easter at the Vatican will be very different in 2020. Like Italy, Vatican City is in lockdown, due to the Coronavirus pa...

Pope Francis walks across empty Rome to pray for end to Coronavirus

Pontiff visited two Rome churches to pray for the Coronavirus to end. Pope Francis left the Vatican on Sunday afternoon for a surprise visit to two Rome churches to pray for the end of the Coronaviru...
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