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Was it a case of an over-zealous bureaucrat? Safety officials trying to make a highly visible point about the need for car seat belts? “In a case that brought amusement to the Vatican, a German court decided to throw out […]

A group of German protesters plan to yell and make other noise outside the Pope’s bedroom on this weekend when he visits Berlin. Pope Benedict XVI will be flying into the German capital for a four-day visit starting Thursday. Thousands of  Catholic faithful are […]

  Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever tweet today, announcing the launch of a new news site from the Vatican News Twitter account. A photo from the Vatican shows the Pontiff typing out the message himself. CLICK HERE to […]

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced on Monday (June 6), but a published report of its findings […]

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Thursday (April 14) lamented China’s interference with the Roman Catholic Church, and reaffirmed Pope Benedict XVI’s willingness to negotiate with Beijing on the appointment of bishops. A message to Chinese Catholics, published by the […]

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Masses in honor of the late Pope John Paul II will be celebrated every Oct. 22 starting this year, but only in Rome and Poland for now, the Vatican announced on Monday (April 11). The decree establishing […]

BERLIN (RNS) The number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic Church rose dramatically in 2010 as Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland wrestled with reports of systematic sexual abuse of minors and attempted cover-ups, according to a study by a German newspaper. […]

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (April 7) lamented the “tragedy” of a growing number of African migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe. In the most recent incident, a boat carrying […]

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the early resignation of an “emotionally drained” bishop in Australia whose diocese has been the focus of several prominent sex-abuse scandals. The Vatican announced on Monday (April 4) that Bishop Michael John […]

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. Benedict made his statement […]

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