Faith

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected an appeal by the now-former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, upholding its judgment of finding him guilty of abuse against minors.

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday with prisoners

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper with prisoners in Velletri, about 36 miles south of Rome.

Pope: Countries that sell arms have no right to talk about peace

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VATICAN CITY - Nations that actively engage in arms dealing and help foment war in other countries should not expect to find peace in their own lands, Pope Francis said.

Fight against sex abuse involves ‘spiritual combat,’ Pope says

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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.