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Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed.

Croatia's FM and Apostolic Nuncio hold talks

Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Friday received the Holy See's permanent representative to Croatia, Alessandro D’Errico, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary...

Vatican lets homeless take shelter in church due to extreme cold

The Vatican is letting the homeless sleep in one of its churches in Rome so they can escape a cold snap, the Holy See said in a statement Friday.

McDonald's opens in the Vatican despite protests

A branch of the fast-food chain McDonald's opened in Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church, on Saturday despite protests from residents and cardinals.

Vatican welcomed 4 million visitors in 2016

In 2016, 4 million visitors travelled to Vatican City for religious events, the Prefecture of the Papal Household announced on Thursday.

In Christmas message of peace, Pope speaks of suffering in Syria

Pope Francis called for peace on Earth and consideration for the victims of war and terrorism in his Christmas message given from the loggia of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve message: remember the needy children

Pope Francis called on worshippers to remember less fortunate children during a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Pope allows early release of priest convicted in VatiLeaks 2 affair

A Spanish priest who was the only person sentenced to jail over the so-called VatiLeaks 2 affair was granted an early release from prison by Pope Francis, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Stier: Croatia and Vatican support Bosnia's EU path, equality of its constituent peoples

Croatia's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Davor Ivo Stier, met in Vatican City on Saturday with the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagher, discussing...

Pope gets 70,000 emails, meets homeless and mulls old age on birthday

Pope Francis mused about old age on Saturday, as he divided time on his 80th birthday between sitting down for breakfast with the homeless, leading Mass with cardinals and holding regular work...

Vatican sets up emails to send 80th birthday wishes to Pope Francis

People who want to wish a happy birthday to Pope Francis, who turns 80 on Saturday, will be able to send him an email and may even write their message in Latin, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope writes to al-Assad: Spare civilians, let in humanitarian aid

Pope Francis has written a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urging him to spare civilians from violence and guarantee safe passage for humanitarian aid deliveries, the Vatican press...

Wood-rimmed glasses from Croatia gift to Pope for his 80th birthday

Pope Francis, who will celebrate his 80th birthday on 17 December, will be given an unusual present, glasses the rims of which are made of a twig from a 1600-year-old olive tree on the Croatian...

Vatican places migrants' boat in 2016 Christmas Nativity scene

The European migration crisis features at the centre of the Vatican's Christmas Nativity scene this year, in a display that will be inaugurated at the Vatican's St Peter's Square on Friday.

Today's Europe is lacking forward-looking leaders, Pope Francis says

Europe today has no forward-looking leaders, according to Pope Francis, who hailed the postwar generation of politicians who laid the foundations of the European Union in an interview on Wednesday...