Vatican aims to return Ukrainian children, not mediate war, says cardinal

The Vatican is developing a plan to return to Ukraine children illegally deported to Russia but is not jockeying to mediate the war, Pope Francis' peace envoy said upon his return from his mission to Moscow.

Greed, selfishness stand in the way of peace, Pope Francis tells Orthodox leaders

All wars are "utter disasters" for everyone, especially families, children, the elderly, refugees, communities and creation, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis, Council of Cardinals look at need to reform diocesan chanceries

With the help of an expert canon lawyer, Pope Francis and members of his international Council of Cardinals discussed ways that the principles behind his reform of the Roman Curia also can be reflected in the structuring and functioning of diocesan chanceries.

Pope Francis expresses closeness to Orlandi family after new evidence in case

Forty years since the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, a Vatican schoolgirl who mysteriously vanished at the age of 15, Pope Francis publicly expressed his closeness to her family.

Pope asks for prayers for victims of 'brutal attack' in Ugandan school

Ugandans woke up June 17 to the shock of a school massacre in which at least 39 students and two community members were killed.

Vatican judges order climate activists to pay $30,000 in damages

The Vatican's criminal court ordered two climate activists to pay more than $30,000 in damages after they glued themselves to an ancient sculpture in the Vatican Museums to draw attention to the effects of climate change.

Act of reparation performed on altar of St. Peter's Basilica

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, celebrated a penitential rite at the basilica's main altar June 3 after a man climbed up on it naked before being apprehended.

Pope Francis has named two-thirds of cardinals eligible to elect his successor

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the retired archbishop of Naples, celebrated his 80th birthday June 2 and, consequently, became ineligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.

Vexing vexillology: Even the Vatican gets its flag wrong

The flag of Vatican City, yellow and white with crossed keys under the papal tiara, is incorrect in many emojis, flying outside the United Nations and often even on Vatican buildings.

Cardinal Zuppi, Pope Francis' peace envoy, talks about war in Ukraine

"War is a pandemic. It involves us all," said Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the Italian prelate chosen by Pope Francis to lead an initiative for peace in Ukraine.

Man arrested after car breaches Vatican gate, drawing gunfire from police

A man with apparent psychiatric problems forced his way through a Vatican security gate late May 18 by speeding past Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes in a vehicle before being apprehended in a Vatican courtyard.