Faith

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME — To fight clerical sexual abuse, the Catholic Church must have clear laws and procedures, but it also must engage in "spiritual combat," because it is obvious the devil is at work, Pope Francis said.

Restoring stairway to Heaven

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VATICAN CITY - For the first time in 300 years, the marble steps of the Holy Stairs will be free from the thick wooden panels installed in 1723 to protect the stairs and left uncovered for the public.

Autonomous weapons systems threaten peace, says Vatican official

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VATICAN CITY - The growing use of autonomous weapons systems poses serious risks to global peace and stability, a Vatican representative told a U.N. meeting in Geneva.

Pope prefers to keep ring-kissing to minimum

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has made it more than obvious that he does not like people kissing his ring.

Vatican commemorates 90th anniversary of peace pact between Italy, Holy See

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VATICAN – The historic signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy 90 years ago is an important example of cooperation and peace that is needed in today's world, a Vatican official said.

Three Roman Curia advisers end service on Pope's Council of Cardinals

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VATICAN – Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the reform of the Roman Curia.

Sand and tree add to Christmas spirit at the Vatican

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VATICAN – The annual unveiling of the Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people’s hearts as winter approached.

Do not fall into 'spiritual worldliness', clericalism, Pope Francis tells Jesuits

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VATICAN – There is no growth without some form of crisis and no victory without a battle, Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits.

No one has right to demand a Pope's resignation, Cardinal Muller says

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VATICAN – People can disagree about problems and the best ways to resolve them, but no one should launch a formal accusation against a Pope much less ask for his resignation, German Cardinal Gerhard Muller said.

Archbishop Scicluna named adjunct secretary of CDF

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VATICAN – Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Catholic Church's most respected abuse investigator, to be adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Burke urges Catholic youth to not compromise with the world

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ROME – Cardinal Raymond Burke urged Catholic young people attending a conference to hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ and to resist temptations by a “profoundly secularized culture” to change the Church into “one more Protestant denomination.”