The Vatican

'I Ask Forgiveness For All The Evil': Pope Francis Apologises For Clerical Sex Abuse Of Children

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

The head of the Catholic Church has issued an apology for clerical sex abuses against children. Speaking to members of the International Catholic ...

The Positive Pope: Ancient Values and Modern Communication

Baroness Stowell | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Stowell

Scotland weren't the only Brits celebrating in Rome last Saturday. Whilst the Tartan Army was scoring points at the Rugby, people from all parts of the UK were at the Vatican watching Pope Francis elevate the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, to the College of Cardinals and I was proud to be there too as part of the UK's official delegation...

Vatican Consumes More Wine Than Anywhere In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

The Vatican City consumes more wine per capita than any other country in the world, 74 litres per person, double that of Italy, according to new stati...

Pope Francis: 'The Internet Is A Gift From God'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Pope Francis says that the internet is a "gift from God" - but we need to learn how to live offline, too. The pope, who has proven to be divisive a...

The Burning Man of St. Peter's Square

Aaron Vallely | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

It would be something only unimaginable to my mind, to receive a phone call from some stranger permanently inflicting me with the knowledge that my father had set himself on fire. On Thursday, a fifty-one year old man decided he would stroll into St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, pour petrol over his own body and set himself on fire for the whole world to see.

Someone In The Vatican Pirated 'Football Manager 2013'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Somebody inside the Vatican allegedly downloaded a pirated version of Football Manager 2013, the game's maker has said. The hardcore football strat...

Vatican Bank Profits QUADRUPLE In A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

The Vatican's bank enjoyed profits of €86.6 million (£72.3m) in 2012, more than four times higher than in 2011, according to its annual report. ...

What Does The Pope Think About Atheists?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK

Pope Francis has told atheists they can be forgiven by God. The pontiff made the unprecedented gesture in a letter to a newspaper, which appeared u...

LOOK: Pope Poses For Popular Papal Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

What do Justin Bieber, Val Kilmer, Helen Flanagan, Snooki and the Pope have in common? Well, not very much to be honest but at a stretch and with t...

'A Great Sign From The Lord'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Pope Francis has welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby in Rome, the first time the two church leaders have met. The leade...

'Not Believing In The Devil Is The Main Cause Of Atheism' Says Priest Who Insists Pope Francis DID Perform An Exorcism

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

The Catholic Church’s leading exorcist says he will ask Pope Francis to grant all priests the power to perform the ritual amid what he describes as ...

WATCH: Did Pope Francis Perform An Exorcism On A Disabled Child?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Reports are swirling that Pope Francis was filmed performing an exorcism after Sunday’s Pentecost Mass. Footage of the Pope placing his hands on...

Madeleine McCann's Mother Returns To Praia Da Luz As She Admits Ohio Kidnappings Have Given Her Hope (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

The mother of Madeleine McCann has returned to the Portuguese resort where her daughter went missing six years ago. Kate McCann was pictured leavi...

'Keep Praying. Pray Like Mad': Six Years On, The Search Continues For Madeleine McCann

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK

Friday marks the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing on May 3, 2007, durin...

'We Are Brothers' (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK

In a historic meeting, Pope Francis has paid a visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, with the new Pope telling his predecessor "we are brothers". Th...

Popes, Pubs and Extraterrestrials

Suzi Williams | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK
Suzi Williams

We have far more sophisticated communication techniques than a chimney stack. But it got me wondering. Is part of our fascination with events in St Peter's Square a longing for a simpler time? Is it the mystery and the tradition of the whole event that we love?

New Pope Must Tackle Difficulties Facing Catholic Church

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

In his final papal audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the moments of struggle as well as joy during his nearly eight years as leader of the 1.2 bill...

Pope's Election ' Momentous Day'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

The election of Pope Francis I has been welcomed as "a momentous day". Minutes after the new pope addressed the crowd gathered in St Peter's Square...

Bus-Catching Cardinal A Surprise Choice For Pope

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Of all the contenders to replace Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was little mentioned. The 76-year-old reportedly...

(PICTURES, VIDEO) White Smoke From Vatican Signals New Pope

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the new leader of the Catholic church to succeed Pope Benedict who resigned last month....

Vatican Owns £21m Of Apartments In Same Block Housing Europe’s Biggest Gay Sauna

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK

The Vatican owns 20 apartments within the same block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna, it has emerged. The Holy See spent £21million on t...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 8 March 2013

Paddy Duffy | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

You would nearly feel sorry for the Tories. Almost. In a parallel dimension maybe. But the point is, things are not going well for them. They came third in the Eastleigh by-election which, to use the technical term, is bloody awful. Worse yet, they finished behind their yoghurt eating liberal bedfellows, and the granny privatising xenophobes of UKIP.

The Pope's Last Day: In Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

The Pope is bidding his final farewells to cardinals, Vatican staff and the Catholic world, as he prepares for his retirement on Thursday night. On...

Pope Benedict Resigns: Full Statement From Vatican

Posted 13.04.2013 | UK

Here is the full text of the Pope's resignation statement Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canoniza...

Christian Leaders Are Not Compassionate on Homosexuality

Anne Marie Waters | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Waters

I was raised a Catholic, and most of my family are still Catholic. But while they - like many Catholics - are not homophobic, it is ridiculous to pretend that the Vatican view does not impact heavily on the self-image of young gay men and lesbians.