Head of pope's bodyguard team resigns

VATICAN CITY, March 7 (UPI) -- The Vatican official whose main job is to keep Pope Benedict XVI safe when he visits the United States next month has resigned.

Vatican sending envoy to Cuba

HAVANA, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Vatican is sending a senior envoy to Cuba, the Vatican news agency reported Thursday.

Latin mass change praised by Jewish leader

ROME, July 19 (UPI) -- Jewish leaders in Italy praised the Vatican Thursday for contemplating the removal of a Latin mass prayer that calls for the conversion of Jews.

Vatican defends Pius XII

VATICAN, Vatican City, June 6 (UPI) -- A Vatican official is defending Pope Pius XII against claims the World War II-era pontiff was silent in the face of the Holocaust.

Brazil fines airline that brought pope

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 2 (UPI) -- Brazilian authorities fined Alitalia airlines for allowing Pope Benedict and members of his entourage to board a flight for Brazil without passports.

Church tries to dispel conspiracy theory

ROME, May 14 (UPI) -- A Vatican official in Italy is trying to retire a conspiracy theory that the Roman Catholic Church is harboring details of a predicted apocalypse.

Vatican set to honor pope's 80th birthday

VATICAN, Vatican City, April 14 (UPI) -- The 80th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI is being recognized this weekend by the Vatican with a special Mass and tribute concert.

Vatican soccer team 'impossible'

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said Tuesday he was only joking when he said the holy city might form a soccer team.

Vatican starts diplomatic effort to Islam

, Vatican City, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The Vatican plans a diplomatic initiative in the Muslim world to explain the recent comments of Pope Benedict XVI on Islam and his apology. Speaking to an Italian radio network, the Vatican's new foreign minister, Monsignor Dominique Mamberti, said the an

Vatican draws bead on 'The Da Vinci Code'

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (UPI) -- The Vatican is joining a host of Protestant groups who have mobilized to rebut Dan Brown's runaway best-selling thriller "The Da Vinci Code."

Pope loosens up saints' miracle clause

ROME, Vatican City, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Pope John Paul II is reportedly considering dropping the need for sainthood candidates to have performed posthumous miracles, The Times of London reports.

Increase in Satanism and exorcism seen

GENOA, Italy, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Requests for exorcism have risen sharply in Italy, probably due to the increased practice of Satanism, according to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
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