This little piggy went to the Vatican, to get a blessing

January 17, 2014

(A traditional Sicilian chariot with a horse is seen in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini )Broken

How much is that halo? Vatican regulates costs of making saints

January 15, 2014

(St Andrew, by Lippo d’Andrea di Lippo (b. around 1370, d. before 1451) in a fresco in the Duomo in Florence)

Pope’s choice of new Catholic cardinals puts emphasis on the poor

January 13, 2014

(Faithful watch a maxi screen as Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Conservative Roman Catholic order meets to turn page on scandalous past

January 8, 2014

( Pope John Paul II blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, during a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis set to name new cardinals to reflect his vision of the Catholic Church

January 7, 2014

Cardinals attend the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 24, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Vatican denies Pope Francis is open to recognition of gay civil unions

January 7, 2014

Two bride figurines adorn the top of a wedding cake during an illegal same-sex wedding ceremony in central Melbourne August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Pope Francis drew 6.6 million to Vatican in 2013, three times more than Benedict

January 3, 2014

(A general view of Saint Peter’s Square is seen as the faithful gather during Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday mass at the Vatican March 24, 2013. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

It’s official: Vatican says Pope Francis has not abolished sin

January 1, 2014

(A panel depicting the sin of gluttony in “The Seven Mortal Sins and the Four Last Things” by Hieronymus Bosch, around 1500, now in the Prado Museum in Madrid)

Atheists should work with believers for peace, Pope Francis says on Christmas

December 26, 2013

(Pope Francis holds the baby Jesus statue at the end of the Christmas night mass in the Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests

November 20, 2013

(A fresco inside the catacomb of Priscilla’a “Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman” room showing a woman with outstretched arms like those of a priest saying Mass. In Rome November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)