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Past articles by Nicole:

Pope appoints bishop from his Argentine homeland to lead powerful Vatican doctrinal watchdog office

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday chose a bishop who is a trusted theological advisor from his Argentine homeland for one of the Vatican’s ... → Read More

Vatican reports income boost in charitable fund, even as donations dip following financial scandals

The Vatican on Friday reported that a key charitable fund, Peter’s Pence, doubled its income in 2022 to 107 million euros, or more than $166 million, ... → Read More

Parliamentary inquest into ‘Vatican Girl’ mystery moves forward as pope acknowledges family’s pain

ROME (AP) — Italy’s Parliament is poised to open a bicameral commission of inquiry into the disappearance of the teenage daughter of a Vatican employe... → Read More

Pope’s peace envoy is heading to Moscow after the short-lived Wagner rebellion

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ peace envoy is heading to Moscow on Wednesday in hopes of helping find “a solution to the tragic current situation” of the w... → Read More

Embattled Tennessee bishop resigns after priest complaints, abuse-related lawsuits

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, resigned under pressure Tuesday following allegations he mishandled sex abuse allegations and ... → Read More

Vatican says new leads are worth pursuing in the disappearance of employee’s daughter 40 years ago

ROME (AP) — Exactly 40 years after the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee disappeared, the Vatican said Thursday that new leads “worthy of further... → Read More

Vatican document highlights need for concrete steps for women, ‘radical inclusion’ of LGBTQ+

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An unprecedented global canvassing of Catholics has called for the church to take concrete steps to promote women to decision-maki... → Read More

A high-profile French nun is inspiring hope for Catholic women. But can she really bring change?

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In her years running Catholic youth programs in France, Sister Nathalie Becquart often invoked her own experience as a seasoned sa... → Read More

Supporter defends expelled Jesuit priest against ‘lynching’, says abuse claims unproven

ROME (AP) — The head of a religious art and culture center founded by a disgraced Jesuit priest came to his defense Saturday after he was expelled fro... → Read More

German police arrest truck driver accused in crash that killed Italian cyclist Rebellin

ROME (AP) — Police in Germany have arrested a truck driver accused in the crash in Italy last year that killed professional cyclist Davide Rebellin, I... → Read More

Pope sends Benedict XVI’s former aide back to Germany in latest sign of falling out

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has fired the longtime aide to the late Pope Benedict XVI from his Vatican job and ordered him to return to his native German... → Read More

Jesuits expel prominent priest Rupnik after allegations of abuse against adult women

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ Jesuit religious order said Thursday it has expelled a prominent Slovenian priest from the congregation following allegation... → Read More

A look at migration trends behind the latest shipwreck off Greece

ROME (AP) — Wednesday’s deadly shipwreck off southern Greece, involving a large boat carrying migrants that capsized after apparently rebuffing offers... → Read More

Pope expected to be released soon from hospital after abdominal surgery: Vatican

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to be released from the hospital “in the coming days,” as he recovers well and without complications from abdomin... → Read More

Vatican court convicts climate activists for damaging statue, fines them more than 28,000 euros

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican court convicted two environmental activists of aggravated damage Monday and ordered them to pay more than 28,000 euros (... → Read More

What happens to papal power when a pope is unconscious? Nothing

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ three-hour surgery Wednesday raised a question about what happens to papal power when a pope is unconscious or otherwise inc... → Read More

Pope briefly at hospital for tests two months after bronchitis, returns to Vatican

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis briefly went to Rome’s main hospital on Tuesday for tests and returned to the Vatican, two months after he was hospitalized w... → Read More

Pope warns of risk of corruption in missionary fundraising after AP investigation

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned the Vatican’s missionary fundraisers on Saturday not to allow financial corruption to creep into their work, i... → Read More

Pope runs fever, skips meetings, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis skipped meetings Friday because he was running a fever, the Vatican said. → Read More

Cardinal blasts vendettas, 'plots against me' in Vatican financial trial

A Vatican cardinal on trial in the Holy See’s big financial crimes case has complained he can't properly defend himself because prosecutors have withheld key evidence → Read More