The Vatican event is about global-health threats, including the coronavirus, and the roles science and spirituality can play in fighting them.
Members of the Catholic LGBTQ community and a theology expert told Insider that the decree is unhelpful to the church's ever-evolving congregation.
The note from the Catholic Church comes months after the Vatican partially walked back statements from Pope Francis supporting civil union laws.
Pope Francis on Friday said the “most vulnerable and needy” populations should receive a coronavirus vaccine first. “I ask everyone – government leaders, businesses, international organisations – to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy […]
Pope Francis on Monday met with five players from the NBA to discuss social and economic injustice. “With the Pope’s support and blessing, we are excited to head into this next season reinvigorated to keep pushing for change and bringing our communities together,” said Anthony Tolliver, a forward with the […]
Five NBA players and a handful of staffers travelled to Vatican City to meet with Pope Francis in a last-minute meeting. Milwaukee Bucks star Kyle Korver, Houston Rocket Sterling Brown, Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Memphis Grizzlies vet Anthony Tolliver, and San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli took the trip. […]
Pope Francis said he supports a civil union law for same-sex couples, according to the Catholic News Agency. In a documentary about his life and ministry that debuted in Rome on Wednesday, Pope Francis said believes same-sex couples should be “legally covered.” “Homosexuals have a right to be a part […]
Eleven of the 135 Swiss Guards inside Vatican City have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the Vatican. The guards have been put into isolation, and the rest are now required to wear masks indoors and outdoors even if they’re not on duty. Someone inside Pope Francis’ […]
The Vatican used charitable proceeds to buy derivatives that bet on the creditworthiness of car-rental firm Hertz, the Financial Times reported Thursday. According to a document seen by the FT, part of the Vatican’s $US621 million portfolio was used to buy credit default swaps, which offered protection against Hertz defaulting […]
Pope Francis declined to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to Rome over fears he would be used a tool in the 2020 presidential election. Pompeo led a symposium at the US Embassy to the Holy See on Wednesday, but the Pope did not attend despite […]
On Sunday Pope Francis said that Gossip is worse than the coronavirus, according to The Associated Press. “Please, brothers and sisters, let us make an effort not to gossip,” Pope Francis said. “Gossip is a plague more awful than Covid!” According to The Vatican News, Pope Francis called the devil […]
Fr. Don Giuseppe Berardelli, the parish priest of Casnigo, Italy, died after he was infected with COVID-19. Initial reports indicated that Berardelli declined to use a ventilator that was donated to him and instead gave it to a younger patient he didn’t know. After the story was covered by several […]
Father Robert Ballecer, a priest, made a “Minecraft” server for the Vatican last week. Father Ballecer told Rome Reports that he was hoping to create a less toxic online community for players who wanted to join. The test server was barely live when it was overwhelmed by people trying to […]
The Vatican launched a smart, wearable eRosary in October,Engadget reported. The rosary connects to an app on iPhone or Android devices via Bluetooth, and the app takes you through the steps to pray the rosary. Through the app, users can also see intentions from Pope Francis, who has asked for […]
Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion was similar to “hiring a hitman,” and should not be carried out even if the foetus is deformed or very ill, the Associated Press reported. He previously compared abortions to Nazi killings during the Holocaust. At least four US states have recently passed laws […]
Pope Francis donated $US500,000 to support migrants in Mexico headed to the US border, according to an announcement from the Vatican. The announcement said the Pope made the donation to counter the worsening conditions migrants face when trying to enter the US, and hopes to help Mexican congregations who support […]
The Catholic Church saw its highest-profile dismissal in modern times on Saturday, as former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was expelled from the priesthood following sex abuse allegations. Ex-cardinal Thomas McCarrick, who had resigned in July, allegedly abused minors and men studying at seminary. The verdict cannot be appealed. One of […]