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Vatican City: Independent papal state in the city of Rome
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State, is an independent city-state enclaved within Rome, Italy. Established with the Lateran Treaty (1929), it is distinct from, yet under "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" of the Holy See. With an area of 44 hectares, and a population of about 1,000, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population.

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Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus [Video]

Vatican: Pope, Aides Test Negative For Coronavirus

Pope Francis and his closest aides do not have coronavirus. Reuters reports tests were made on 170 people in the Vatican. Six showed positive, including one who lives in the Santa Marta guesthouse. I..

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Pope holds dramatic solitary service [Video]

Pope holds dramatic solitary service

Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of..

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Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic [Video]

Pope leads video prayer to end pandemic

Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in prayer on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published
Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis [Video]

Pope Francis calls for prayer amid coronavirus crisis

Pope Francis called for worldwide prayer to tackle the coronavirus crisis in his Angelus message on Sunday. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case [Video]

Australia court hears final appeal in Pell sex abuse case

Former Vatican treasurer under Pope Francis is the highest-ranking Catholic official convicted of child sex crimes.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published
Italy to hike spending against coronavirus: PM [Video]

Italy to hike spending against coronavirus: PM

Italy’s government will further increase spending in a “massive shock therapy” to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the prime minister said on Monday. Soraya Ali reports.

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Pope cancels planned Mass due to 'slight' illness [Video]

Pope cancels planned Mass due to 'slight' illness

Pope Francis has missed a planned Mass with Rome clergy due to illness. The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a "slight indisposition" and would proceed with the rest of his planned work on..

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All Raphael's tapestries return to Sistine Chapel [Video]

All Raphael's tapestries return to Sistine Chapel

The Vatican have made an exception for a brief stay of the work of Michelangelo's Renaissance contemporary and rival, Raphael. Lauren Anthony reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published
Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]

Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

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The Vatican said on Saturday that tests carried out in the residence where Pope Francis lives showed that the 83-year-old pontiff and his closest aides do not have coronavirus.
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Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

The Vatican is conducting tests for coronavirus on the dozens of priests who live in the same residence as Pope Francis and making contingency plans to move those diagnosed with the disease elsewhere,..
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Person who lives in papal residence tests positive for coronavirus: report

A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday.
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160-year-old Vatican newspaper succumbs to coronavirus

The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano, which Pope Francis has jokingly called "the party newspaper", suspended printing for only the third time in nearly 160 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus.
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Pope Francis' May 31 trip to Malta postponed due to coronavirus

Pope Francis's trip to Malta, which had been scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Vatican cancels public participation at pope's Easter events due to virus

Pope Francis' Holy Week and Easter services, which normally draw tens of thousands of people, will be held without the public attending because of the coronavirus outbreak, a step believed to be..
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Papal Easter events to be held without faithful attending, Vatican says

All of Pope Francis' Easter services next month will be held without the faithful attending due to the coronavirus outbreak, Vatican said on Sunday, in a step believed to be unprecedented in modern..
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Australian court defers sex offence appeal by ex-Vatican treasurer Pell

Australia's highest court on Thursday deferred ruling on an appeal to overturn the conviction of former Vatican treasurer George Pell for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s.
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Pope holds his first ever virtual general audience with Italy on lockdown

Pope Francis, holed up in the Vatican by Italy's coronavirus epidemic, held his first virtual general audience on Wednesday, thanking medical staff but urging the world not to forget the plight of..
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Feeling 'caged' by coronavirus alarm, pope delivers Sunday address over internet

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First Vatican coronavirus patient attended big conference last week

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Vatican reports first case of coronavirus inside its walls

The Vatican said on Friday that a patient in its health services had tested positive for the coronavirus, the first in the tiny, walled city state surrounded by Rome.
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Vatican officials investigating sex abuse cases to visit Mexico on 'zero tolerance' drive

Two Vatican officials charged with investigating accusations of sexual abuse by clergy will visit Mexico for a fact-finding mission later this month, the Church said on Tuesday.
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Vatican says pope only has a cold, symptoms not related 'to other pathologies'

Pope Francis only has a cold and is "without any symptoms related to other pathologies," the Vatican said on Tuesday.
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Pope resumes individual official audiences, cancels group meetings

Pope Francis, who has been suffering from what the Vatican says is a "slight indisposition," resumed official audiences with individuals in his residence on Saturday but three with groups were..
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Vatican acknowledges some countries still lack guidelines on preventing abuse

Vatican officials acknowledged on Friday that bishops in about 10 countries still have no guidelines for dealing with sexual abuse cases, as it unveiled a new "task force" to help them and others.
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Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculation

The Vatican moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that Pope Francis was anything more than "slightly unwell" as the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader canceled official audiences for the second day.
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Vatican joins IBM, Microsoft to call for facial recognition regulation

The Vatican joined forces with tech giants Microsoft and IBM on Friday to promote the ethical development of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for regulation of intrusive technologies such as..
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Pope postpones official audiences but working from residence - Vatican

Pope Francis, who the Vatican says is still "slightly unwell," has postponed all official audiences for Friday but is working from home.
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Vatican closes Italy's catacombs due to coronavirus

The Vatican has closed all of Italy's ancient catacombs normally open to the public because of the country's coronavirus outbreak.
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Pope 'slightly indisposed', cancels one event, Vatican says

Pope Francis is slightly indisposed and has canceled an event at a Rome basilica but is carrying out the rest of his schedule in his residence, the Vatican said on Thursday.
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Deaf Argentine victims of clergy sexual abuse protest at Vatican

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests at a school for the deaf in Argentina staged a protest at the Vatican on Friday to bring attention to an upcoming trial of more alleged abusers.
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One year on from Papal summit on sex abuse, Australian survivors say little has been achieved

Twelve months after a Vatican abuse summit, survivors of clergy abuse say nothing much has changed.
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Vatican police make new raid in investigation of London property deal

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Vatican, China, hold extremely rare high-level diplomatic meeting

The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China met on Friday, the Vatican said, in what is believed to be the highest-level official encounter between the two sides in decades.
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Vatican sends masks to China to help with virus outbreak

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U.S. Vice President Pence meets pope, jokes 'You have made me a hero'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence quipped that Pope Francis had made him "a hero" during an unusually long audience with the pontiff on Friday at the Vatican.
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Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

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Pope accepts resignation of archbishop accused of molestation

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Holy See's ambassador to France, who has been accused of sexual molestation, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
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Vatican ambassador to France resigns after molestation allegations

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Holy See's ambassador to France, who has been accused of sexual molestation, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
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Pope appoints Philippine cardinal to global Vatican post

Pope Francis named Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Sunday to a major global Vatican post in a move likely to increase the Filipino's chances of one day being elected pope himself.
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U.S. bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up steps down

A New York state bishop who had been at the center of a sex abuse crisis stepped down on Wednesday after learning the conclusions of a Vatican investigation, becoming the latest high-ranking prelate..
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In unusual move, Vatican postpones beatification of first U.S. 'televangelist'

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Vatican says Israeli-Palestinian peace process at risk after U.S. move

The Vatican said on Thursday the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians had been put at risk after the United States backed Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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Head of Vatican financial regulator leaves job weeks after police raids

The Vatican said on Monday the head of its financial regulator would leave, weeks after unprecedented police raids on his organisation and another key arm of the Catholic Church's bureaucracy.
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Vatican says financial regulator to leave; he says he resigned

The Vatican said on Monday that Rene Bruelhart, the head of its financial regulator, would be leaving, and Bruelhart told Reuters he had resigned.
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Catholic cardinal Pell gets last chance to overturn Australia sex offences conviction

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Australian High Court agrees to hear ex-Vatican treasurer's sex offences appeal

Australia's High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a final appeal from Vatican treasurer George Pell over his conviction for sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys.
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Vatican conference urges governments to tackle food loss and waste

An international panel of experts backed by Pope Francis appealed to governments on Tuesday to commit to halving food waste and loss by 2030, saying it was morally, economically and environmentally..
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Australian court to rule on Wednesday on appeal by Vatican's former treasurer

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Vatican 'disgusted' by anti-Semitic abuse of Italian Holocaust survivor

A Vatican cardinal said on Friday he was "disgusted" by the anti-Semitic abuse of an 89-year-old Italian senator and Holocaust survivor who was given police protection after receiving death threats.
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Vatican, Jews criticize Italy's right for snubbing anti-Semitism committee

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Vatican number two says will shed light on "opaque" London property buy

The Vatican's number two acknowledged on Tuesday that the Holy See's deal to buy a luxury building in London was not transparent and promised to shed light on it.
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'Secret' no more: Pope renames historic Vatican archives

The Vatican Secret Archives, containing millions of documents spanning 12 centuries, are no longer officially "secret".
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Vatican synod proposes ordaining married men as priests in the Amazon

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops from the Amazon on Saturday proposed that married men in the remote area be allowed to be ordained priests, which could lead to a landmark change in the Church's..
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