Vatican

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard's Decision To End Her Own Life Was 'Reprehensible'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

A Vatican official has described the assisted suicide of a woman suffering from terminal brain cancer as “reprehensible”. Newlywed Brittany Ma...

Some Post-Synod Considerations: Catholicism, Gender and Ritual Ambiguity

Nick Fouche | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Nick Fouche

The Vatican synod treating of 'Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization' has now come and gone. Recommendations by variou...

Catholic Bishops Have Scrapped Their Landmark Welcome To Gays

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK

Bishops have scrapped their landmark welcome to gays, revealing deep divisions in the Catholic Church at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope ...

Senior Catholics Hastily Remind Everyone That Being Gay Is Still 'Unacceptable'...

The Huffington Post UK/ PA/AP | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK

Less than 24-hours after the Catholic church seemed to finally be modernising its attitudes towards homosexuality, senior bishops have hastily remind...

After Only 2,000 Years.. Vatican Has Epiphany On Attitude Towards Gays

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK

Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church an...

Pope Francis Claims An Astonishing Number Of Clergy Are Paedophiles

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

Pope Francis has revealed "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are are paedophiles. The astonishing claim is a result of research conducted ...

Pope Francis Just Hit Back At The Economist Over Lenin Column

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Communists are actually closet Christians, whose message on poverty echoes the Gospel, Pope Francis has said. The leader of the Catholic Church mad...

A Pause From Israeli-Palestinian Politics!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Despite myriad Palestinian weaknesses, divisions and fratricidal power-plays, Abu Mazen remains by far one of the most dovish Palestinian leaders. But even he cannot deliver the goods today...

Life Imitates Art: Pope Recreates The Kiss Which So Enraged The Vatican (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK

Pope Francis was pictured locking lips with Israeli president Shimon Peres this weekend – in an image reminiscent of an advertising campaign that su...

Yup, That's A Palestinian Flag At The Vatican

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO Life Imitates Art: Pope Recreates The Kiss Which So Enraged The Vatican (PICTURE) Islamic and Jewish prayers were held for the first time ...

May Their Prayers For Peace Be Answered

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Pope Francis is set to lead an unprecedented "intense prayer session" with both Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres...

Conspiracy Theories Swirl Around Pope Francis' Visit To Holy Land

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK

The Pope's plan hold mass in a Jerusalem room believed have hosted Jesus' Last Supper has caused an ugly rift between Israel and Vatican, with conspir...

Vatican Votes To Outlaw Killer Robots

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Tech

It's a question you've probably asked yourself many times: If the robots do take over where's the safest place to hide? Turns out you can do worse ...

Why Have Cocaine-Filled Condoms Sent To The Vatican

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

A mysterious package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine has been intercepted, customs officials have said. German c...

'Internet, a Gift From God' - The Pope of the Digital Age

Alessandro Bonzio | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech
Alessandro Bonzio

The problematic relationship between faith and technology is amongst the most difficult of the challenges faced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio's papacy. Yet many see his interest in the digital as a symbol of the renovation underway in the contemporary Catholic establishment...

These Pictures Prove Pope Francis Is The Perfect PR Pontiff

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

The Catholic Church, it is fair to say, had not had a run of decent PR. Major news stories of the 21st century centred not on the church's charitab...

Pope Francis Renews His Passport, Because He's Just Like You And Me

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

He might have scored the cover of Rolling Stone last month, but Pope Francis has reassured us all that his feet are very firmly on the ground – by e...

An Analysis of the Criticism By the United Nations of the Vatican Over Child Abuse - And the Vatican's Reaction to It

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

States that ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as has the Vatican - or technically its diplomatic name, the Holy See (HS) - are subject to 5 yearly examinations by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Vatican Under Unprecedented Scrutiny Over Child Abuse

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Keith Porteous Wood

Perhaps the biggest question that this examination raises is the extent to which Francis wishes to - or indeed is able to - start coming clean over child abuse by requiring reporting to secular authorities, and cooperating with them by providing information which the Vatican has hitherto kept secret and instructed others to do likewise.

Animal Protection Group Urges Pope Francis To Stop Releasing Doves Of Peace

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

An animal welfare group has called upon the Pope to refrain from releasing his doves of peace after two were attacked in mid-air after a service on Su...

Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen In Italy

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

A holy relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a church in San Pietro Della Lenca, in central Italy. The gold reliqu...

Pope Francis' Message For The Rich Guys At Davos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

As the global elite and the world's wealthiest gather in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Pope Francis has some words of advice: use the billions to ser...

Vatican Grilled By UN On Child Sex Abuse By Clergy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The Vatican is being grilled publicly for the first time over its record of sexual-abuse cases against children and the alleged cover-ups protecting p...

Pope Francis Calls Abortion 'Horrific'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Pope Francis has launched a blistering condemnation of abortion describing it as a "horrific" symptom of a "throwaway culture" at his State of the Wor...