Vatican

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...

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...