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Former pontiff passed away in Vatican almost a decade after he stood down. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died aged 95 at his Vatican City residence on at 09.34 on Saturday 31 December, the Holy See press office announced....
Pontiff saddened by death of German homeless man in the shadow of St Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis has prayed for Burkhard Scheffler, a 61-year old homeless man, who died on Thursday night near the colonnade of St Pete...
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Centuries-old tree to stay in forest after last-minute reprieve. The majestic silver fir that had been destined to become the Vatican's Christmas tree in St Peter's Square this year has been spared from the chop after a...
Christmas tree in Piazza S. Pietro to be lit up on 3 December. This year's Christmas tree in the Vatican will be a 30-m high silver fir from the small mountain village of Rosello in Italy's central Abruzzo region. Th...
Colosseum closed to visitors on 25 October.Pope Francis will join other religious leaders at a prayer service for peace at Rome’s Colosseum on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 October. During his Angelus at the Vatican on Su...
Video display at St Peter's every night until 16 October. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli inaugurated a two-week light show on the façade of St Peter's Basilica, telling the story of the first pope, at the Vatican on Sunda...
Pontiff addresses retirement rumours in interview. Pope Francis said that in the event of an eventual resignation from the papacy he would live in Rome, ruling out a return to his native Argentina or staying in the Vati...
Pontiff resumes Holy Thursday prison tradition for first time in two years. Pope Francis visited a prison near Rome to preside over a Holy Thursday Mass during which he washed and kissed the feet of 12 prisoners. The...
Via Crucis returns to Colosseum for first time in two years. A Ukrainian family and a Russian family will carry the cross together during one of the stations of the Via Crucis ceremony led by Pope Francis at the Colosse...
Faithful return to St Peter's Square for first Palm Sunday Mass since 2019. St Peter's Square has been filled with thousands of chairs for the first time in more than two years as the Vatican resumes papal events open t...
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Via Crucis ceremony to take place at Colosseum on Good Friday. Papal events including the pope's weekly general audience are set to resume in Piazza S. Pietro after more than two years as Italy begins to lift its covid-...
Pontiff touched on several themes close to his papacy. Here are some of the main points. Pope Francis was a guest of the Italian television talk show Che tempo che fa on Sunday night, discussing a wide range of themes,...
Italy News: Rome gets ready to host Jubilee Year 2025. Rome's centre-left mayor Roberto Gualtieri has been named 'extraordinary commissioner' for the Vatican's Jubilee Year 2025 in the Italian capital. The mayor was...
Pontiff promotes adoption and laments "demographic winter." Pope Francis has returned to the theme of couples not having children, suggesting there is a "certain selfishness" in those who substitute pets for kids. Th...
Christmas tree illuminated in Piazza S. Pietro on 10 December. The Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square was lit up under the rain on Friday evening. The 113-year-old tree is a 28m-high spr...
Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Piazza S. Pietro on 10 December. The Vatican's Christmas tree, a 28m-high spruce from the northern Trentino region of Italy, arrived in St Peter's Square on Tuesday morning. The tr...
Christmas tree in Piazza S. Pietro will come from Trentino. This year the Vatican will display a Nativity Scene with figurines dressed in Andean costumes in what will be the first Christmas crib in St Peter's Square to...
Prisoners cool down during the summer with gelato from the pope. Pope Francis sent 15,000 ice creams to prisoners in two jails in Rome, the Vatican has announced, during Italy's record hot summer. The pope's charity...
Pontiff checks out of Gemelli 10 days after intestinal surgery. Pope Francis left Rome's Gemelli hospital on the morning of Wednesday 14 July, returning to the Vatican 10 days after undergoing colon surgery. The news...
Pontiff remains in Rome hospital as he recovers from surgery. Pope Francis will recite the Angelus on Sunday from Rome's Gemelli hospital, where he underwent colon surgery last weekend, the Vatican announced. The 84-...
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