VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate
cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya, where U.S. and allied
European forces have been targeting military assets controlled by the
country's dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's official newspaper eulogized actress
Elizabeth Taylor as the "last remaining star in the firmament of old
Hollywood," and praised her contributions on AIDS and other charitable
"The curtain falls on the violet eyes of Hollywood" read the
headline over Taylor's obituary in the Friday (March 25) edition of
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI voiced "fear and trepidation" about
the "disturbing news coming from Libya" in a carefully worded statement
that neither endorsed nor condemned U.S. and European attacks against
Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jewish people as a whole were not responsible for
Jesus' crucifixion, and their descendants have not inherited blame for
his death, Pope Benedict XVI writes in a new book to be published on
When Vatican officials announced recently that Pope Benedict XVI's
2005 election rendered his organ donor card null and void, they offered
no specific reason for the change. The curious history of papal body
parts, however, offers some clues.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at
promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a
two-day event this March in Paris.
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series
of seminars on the theme of "Religion, Light and Common Reason," at
various locations in the city, including Paris-Sorbonne University.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) If you're looking for the pope's Twitter account,
There's @Pope--Benedict, @popebenedictxvi, @Benedict XVI,
@PopeBenedict XVI, @Benedict--XVI, @popebenedict--16, @JoeRatzinger and
even @pope--benny--16, and none of them are officially sanctioned sites.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the
Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican to protest
statements by Pope Benedict XVI denouncing violence against Christians
The move, on Thursday (Jan. 20), came only nine days after Egypt
recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for the same reason.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 19) tried to tamp
down allegations a controversial 1997 letter to Irish bishops was meant
to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse cases to police or
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed
to Pope John Paul II, bringing the late pontiff one step from sainthood
a mere six years after his death, the Vatican announced on Friday (Jan.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The government of Egypt recalled its ambassador
to the Vatican on Tuesday (Jan. 11) to protest a demand by Pope Benedict
XVI that it better protect the country's embattled Christian minority.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (Jan. 10) decried
violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well
as more subtle "threats to the full exercise of religious freedom" in
the secular West.
According to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI's comments published
late last year about condoms do not mark a change in "Catholic moral
teaching" or "pastoral practice" on AIDS prevention or contraception.