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 13.03.2014 | 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...

WATCH: Merry Christmas, From One Pope To Another (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

Pope Francis paid a Christmas call on his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his home in the Vatican. Pictures released by the Vatican newsp...

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.

Pope Francis' Social Media Revolution: Still a Long Way to 'Vatican 2.0'

Alessandro Bonzio | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Alessandro Bonzio

On 27 October Pope Francis celebrated his account's ten millionth worldwide follower with a tweet. Such an engagement with new technologies may indeed be a truly important step on the Church's path to renovation... However, it also entails a much greater challenge; one that the Vatican might not be entirely prepared to take up.

Bone Fragments Of 'St Peter', Found In Shoebox, Go On Display

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

A handful of bone fragments found in a shoebox, said to be the remnants of St Peter, are now on public display for the first time. Nestled in a jew...

Pope Francis Blesses & Embraces Disfigured Man (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Pope Francis put on another touching display of compassion this week as he blessed and embraced a severely disfigured man. The pontiff was holding...

'I Felt Only Love': Disfigured Man Talks Of Moving Encounter With The Pope

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A disfigured man who was pictured being tenderly embraced by the Pope has spoken for the first time about his meeting with the head of the Catholic Ch...

The £26m 'Bishop Of Bling' Is Out On His Ear

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: It's Not Cheap To Look This Good: A Cardinal's Finery Can Cost £15,000 The Pope has expelled a German bishop who controversially spent ...

What Should The Pope Wear Next?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

The Pope doesn't care about offbeat headwear - it's part of his job. Yet Francis, who has already proved he's not your traditional Vicar of Christ on ...

Bishop Of Bling Summoned To Vatican To Explain £26m Lavish Lifestyle

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: It's Not Cheap To Look This Good: A Cardinal's Finery Can Cost £15,000 A German bishop who spent £26million on refurbishing his new res...

Doh! Vatican Hastily Withdraws 6,000 Papal Medals After Misspelling 'Jesus'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.12.2013 | UK

Well this is embarrassing. The Vatican has been forced to withdraw more than 6,000 medals after bizarrely misspelling the name of Jesus on them. ...

It's Not Cheap To Look This Good: A Cardinal's Finery Can Cost £15,000

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK

Pope Francis may lead a famously frugal existence, but things are not so thrifty in the big house. The Pope eschews dinner invitations, preferring...

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. ...

Are You Being A Good Christian, Mario?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Sport

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli feels he might be distracted from the football on display during tomorrow night's friendly meeting with Argentina - ...

WATCH: Pope Stuck In Perilous Papal Pickle

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK

Poor piloting performance put the Pope in a perilous papal pickle on Monday. A wrong turn by his driver as he left the airport meant he was mobbed ...