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Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago.

Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves

Missing teen mystery deepens as Vatican dig reveals empty graves

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager 36 years ago deepened Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty.

British toddler at centre of legal battle dies

British toddler at centre of legal battle dies

Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on Saturday after doctors withdrew life support, the child's parents said, following a protracted legal battle and a campaign that drew support from Pope Francis.

Erdogan meets pope as Rome bans protests

Erdogan meets pope as Rome bans protests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday while police enforced a protest ban in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria.

Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living.

Trump promises peace push after 'fantastic' pope talks

Trump promises peace push after 'fantastic' pope talks

Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to use his US presidency to promote peace around the world after what he depicted as an inspirational meeting with an initially grim-faced Pope Francis.

Trump meets Pope, vows not to forget his message

Trump meets Pope, vows not to forget his message

US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high-profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff's message.

Vatican froze two million euros in 2016 corruption fight

Vatican froze two million euros in 2016 corruption fight

The Vatican froze some two million euros in suspect funds last year as part of Pope Francis's war against money laundering in the Holy See, its chief magistrate said Saturday.

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

The Vatican demanded on Tuesday that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry into alleged irregularities ordered by Pope Francis.

Security stepped up in Italy after truck attack suspect killed

Security stepped up in Italy after truck attack suspect killed

Security for the long Christmas weekend was heightened throughout Italy and at the Vatican on Saturday following the killing by police of the man believed to be responsible for the Berlin market truck attack.

Pope urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Pope urges 'responsible behaviour' to stop AIDS spread

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a call for ‘responsible behaviour’ to prevent the spread of AIDS without specifying whether that included wearing condoms.

Pope creates 17 cardinals, 'Princes of the Church'

Pope creates 17 cardinals, 'Princes of the Church'

Pope Francis will create 17 new cardinals from across the globe Saturday in a time-honoured ceremony, elevating them to an elite body that advises and elects popes.