Indictments for Vatican financial crimes a sign of progress


(RNS) — The Catholic faithful are rightly outraged by news of financial crimes in the Vatican, especially since the latest alleged crimes involve Peter’s Pence, the collection for the pope’s charities. But last week’s announcement of indictments by Vatican prosecutors is not a scandal but a sign of progress. Indicted by the Vatican are six … Read more

Pope Francis and Blinken discuss climate change, China at the Vatican


VATICAN CITY (RNS) — United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Pope Francis on Monday at the Vatican, where the two discussed religious freedom in China, the climate crisis, immigration and refugees. “The meeting was extremely warm and very wide ranging,” Blinken told reporters after the meeting. “Just speaking for myself and … Read more

Vatican steps into heated debate on anti-homophobia law in Italy


VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Italy considers legislation that would make homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ individuals punishable by law, the Vatican has been forced to weigh how its own teachings on sexuality and its claims of religious freedom will play in a changing social context. The Italian Senate is discussing a law that, if … Read more