The Vatican is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and its head, the Pope.
The Vatican within the tiny Vatican City State in Rome, Italy, is the official residence of the pope and the administrative center of the papacy. The term Vatican also refers to the authority and jurisdiction of the Pope. Armed and dressed in colorful Renaissance-era uniforms, the Swiss Guard has been protecting the pontiff since 1506.
What promises to be Poland's biggest movie hit of the year has incurred the wrath of the country's powerful Roman Catholic church for its frank portrayal of how many of its priests defy its teachings in their private lives. A crusade against the movie, which is called The Clergy, has been launched by state-controlled media and conservative intellectuals. Julian Berner reports from Warsaw.
Facing growing outrage over the Catholic Church's cover-up of child sex abuse, the pope vowed action during his trip to Ireland. Abuse survivors weren't buying it, with one telling DW the pope's response was "toothless."
Former Australian archbishop Philip Wilson was met by outraged victims as he left the courthouse with no jail time. Wilson's conviction was a landmark ruling in Australia that could affect other cases around the country.
Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella is the first person to be criminally convicted by the Vatican for child porn. The ex-diplomat, also wanted in the US and Canada, was convicted of downloading and distributing material.