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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 Friday 11 December, i...
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. The celebration o...
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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 deserve legal recognition...
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 restrictions, reports Italian...
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, resigned unexpectedly...
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 Prefecture of the Papa...
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, reports Vatican News....
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 the Polish pontiff, bo...
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 and religious ceremoni...
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 English commentary....
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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 pandemic, meaning majo...
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 Coronavirus pandemic that has...
Pope Francis urges priests not to abandon faithful in time of crisis. Rome’s parish churches have reopened to the faithful for private prayer after being closed for less than a day. Every church in the Diocese of Rom...
Vicar of Rome orders closure of Rome's churches until 3 April. All Catholic churches in Rome have been closed to the faithful until 3 April, in line with Italy's total shutdown as the country battles a worsening Coronav...
No Mass for the faithful in Rome churches until 3 April. The Diocese of Rome has ordered the immediate suspension of all Masses for the faithful in churches throughout the capital, as part of the Vatican's response to...
Pontiff cancels several appointments due to a cold. Pope Francis, who has cancelled numerous events in recent days due to a heavy cold, has reportedly tested negative for the Coronavirus, according to a report in Rome d...
The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, famous for Caravaggio's masterpiece "The Calling of St Matthew", closed today due to "precautionary measures" after a 43-year-old priest was hospitalized in Paris because fou...
Roman basilica near the Pantheon reopens on 18 February. Rome will reopen the Basilica di S. Maria sopra Minerva with a Mass at 18.00 on 18 February, the feast day of Blessed Fra Angelico, the Early Italian Renaissance...
Pontiff had private meeting with woman after viral slapping incident. Pope Francis met the woman whose hand he slapped on New Year's Eve, several days after footage of the incident went viral. The pope met the woman...
Pontiff admits that even he sometimes loses his patience. Pope Francis has apologised for slapping a woman’s hand as he greeted pilgrims after visiting the Vatican's Nativity scene in St Peter's Square on New Year’s Eve...
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