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# the vatican

This week
26th November 2023 - 1st December 2023
Aide reads speech for unwell Pope Francis
The Pope was due to attend COP24 but cancelled due to his illness.
Pope Francis receiving antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, Vatican says
Francis will scale back his appointments, but does not have pneumonia or fever, officials said.
Last month
November 2023
Pope dismisses conservative US bishop who was prominent critic
The Vatican did not explain the move, a rare sacking in the Catholic Church.
October 2023
‘I don’t give instructions to the Pope’: Higgins on his latest audience with Pope Francis
President Higgins revealed that he and Pope Francis sometimes speak in Spanish during their meetings.
President Higgins: Israel must not fall into same 'category' as Hamas by breaking international law
President Higgins added: ‘If you put yourself into the category of unmediated, unrestrained response, you’re taking great risks I believe yourself.’
President Higgins has private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican
President Higgins is near the conclusion of a five day visit to Rome which included a World Food Forum address and a meeting with the Italian president.
Hope, fear and change: Inside the Vatican's historic Synod as the first phase comes to an end
‘Often people have told me: “This Synod will not change anything.” Some with hope and some with fear.’
Australian Bishop says it’s a ‘good thing’ Pope spoke out in support of same-sex blessings
On the eve of the Synod, Pope Francis signalled an openness to blessing same-sex couples.
President Higgins Rome visit to include Pope Francis meeting and World Food Forum address
Higgins begings a week-long series of events in the Italian capital today.
An historic Synod is taking place in the Vatican, but what is a 'Synod' and why is it important?
It’s been several years in the making, and some within the Catholic Church hope that it will usher in a new and more inclusive way of thinking.
This year
Pope Francis to leave hospital after eating pizza with staff and responding well to antibiotics
Yesterday US president Joe Biden tweeted that the world “needs” Pope Francis.
Pope Francis had 'good night' in hospital after being admitted for respiratory infection
Francis was taken to hospital for tests yesterday afternoon after experiencing difficulty breathing in recent days.
All time
'I have heard voices of sorrow and loss': Pope Francis leaves Iraq after historic trip
During the first ever papal trip to Iraq, the Pope called for an end to violence and extremism.
Pleasures of food and sex are 'simply divine', Pope Francis says
“The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure,” he added.
Former Pope Benedict makes 'incredible' plea to Pope Francis not to end clerical celibacy
Francis is currently considering allowing it in remote locations, such as the Amazon, where communities seldom have Mass.
Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral
Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.
President Higgins leads Ireland's tributes as Archbishop Oscar Romero becomes a saint
Higgins also visited the tomb of murdered Catholic archbishop while in El Salvador.
Murdered archbishop Óscar Romero is to be made a saint by the Vatican
Pope Paul VI will also be sainted.
They've shared sharp words in the past, but today Donald Trump met Pope Francis
The private audience with the pontiff was preceded by a handshake for the cameras.
Controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei names its new leader
Fernando Ocariz will be the fourth chief of the organisation.
Argentina's "cowboy priest" to become country's first saint after performing two "miracles"
Jose Gabriel Brochero is revered in Argentina for his supposedly miraculous healing powers.
Top Vatican cardinal being investigated by police over child abuse claims
Police in Australia said they are investigating Cardinal George Pell.
Pope Francis says Christians should apologise to gay people
The pope was speaking after a trip to Armenia.
The Pope has dropped the biggest hint yet that he's coming to Ireland in 2018
Dublin is to host the World Meeting of Families.
A year after my historic meeting with Pope Francis, progress in Rome has been achingly slow
During my audience with Pope Francis, I asked for support in providing services to survivors of clerical child sexual abuse and their families. I reissue that request to His Holiness one year on.
People are only raging that the Pope definitely hasn't seen Father Ted
He hasn’t watched TV since 1990.
Pope Francis recognises Palestinian statehood, and Israel isn't pleased
Israel said this development does not further the peace process.
A topless woman tried to steal the Baby Jesus out of the Vatican's crib
A policeman in a black cape arrested her at St Peter’s Square.
Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it
Eamon Gilmore said the scaled-back embassy will have a staff of just one person and will help Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis.
These two former popes will be made saints in April next year
Pope Francis today announced the date for the canonisation ceremony which is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Rome.
Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church'
The recently appointed Vatican Secretary of State said that the issue is a great challenge for the Pope.
Two miracles later and Pope John Paul II is on his way to sainthood
For healings to be officially certified as miracles, they must be instantaneous, permanent and with no scientific explanation.
10 first-day fears Pope Francis is probably experiencing
Don’t worry Pope, we got you.
President Higgins and Michael Noonan to attend Pope Francis's inauguration
The President will represent Ireland, while the Finance Minister will attend on behalf of the Irish Government.
Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there?
Social media is all about debate and dissent, writes Fr Tony Flannery – so perhaps it can teach the Vatican a lesson.
Pictures: Pope launches final volume of Jesus' biography
In it he reveals that the Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation and that Jesus was born several years earlier than believed.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
14 game-changing moments of 2011
These were the catalysts for some of the upheavals at home and abroad this past year…
The Cloyne Report - What does the Vatican think?
Eamon Gilmore will seek an urgent meeting with the Vatican which was “entirely unhelpful” according to the report into clerical child sex abuse.
Column: Cardinal Rules (Part 23) On the beatification of Pope John Paul II
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland gives us a peek at his diary from the Vatican last weekend:”We are as excited as a bunch of schoolgirls on their way to a Cliff Richard concert”.