Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Westminster and Quebec and six men from his home region of Latin America.
When Father Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn’t have an appointment to meet with the pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him.
He even let a lamb rest on his shoulders and greeted a tiny baby named Francis, who played the part of Jesus, when he visited a live Nativity scene Jan. 6 at the Church of St. Alfonso Maria dei Liguori on the northern outskirts of Rome.
Pope Francis has decided to limit the honor of “monsignor” among diocesan priests and grant it from now on only to those at least 65 years of age.
Ordinary members of parishes in Rome will be able to attend Pope Francis’ private morning Masses in 2014.
A U.S. District Court judge Dec. 20 changed a preliminary injunction into a permanent one barring enforcement of the federal health care law’s contraceptive mandate against the Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses.
In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Egyptian Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei are among the key political experts invited by the Vatican for a one-day meeting aimed at promoting a cease-fire in Syria, the protection of Christians there and a transitional and unified government.
Three days after Pope Francis paid his predecessor a visit on Christmas Eve, retired Pope Benedict joined the pope for lunch at the Vatican guesthouse.
After a year that included the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of celebrated innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 at the Vatican could be nearly as eventful. Of course, the biggest stories are likely to be those that come by surprise, but in the meantime, here are developments bound to loom large in Vatican news over the coming year:
A panel of judges for a Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the decision on a priest’s conviction in handling a clerical abuse case and ordered his release from prison.
Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the goodness and tenderness of God.