Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover
High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
Italian police raid hackers who took on Vatican
Italian police on Friday arrested four alleged hackers believed to belong to the activist group Anonymous for attacking websites, including those of the Vatican and the parliament in Rome.
First papal 'selfie' goes viral on social media
Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a "selfie" photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.
Researcher: Faint writing seen on Shroud of Turin (Update)
(AP) -- A Vatican researcher has rekindled the age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin, saying that faint writing on the linen proves it was the burial cloth of Jesus. Experts say the historian may be reading ...
Archaeologists Find Oldest Paintings of Apostles in Roman Catacombs
The earliest known icons of the Apostles Peter and Paul have been discovered in a catacomb under an eight-story modern office building in a working-class neighborhood of Rome, Vatican officials said Tuesday.
Pope OKs indulgences for the tweeting classes
(AP)—The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other "virtual" participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro—but there's a hitch.
Star images helping to save Vatican books
(PhysOrg.com) -- Antique books in the Vatican Library are being digitised to preserve them for future generations using a technique developed through ESA to store satellite images of the sky.
Scientific Advisors Meet At Vatican
Some of the world's top scientists gathered at the Vatican last weekend to discuss the scientific advances of the 20th century and their compatibility with religion.
Pope to quit Twitter after stepping down
The pope's official Twitter account, which has more than two million followers in nine languages, will close next week when Benedict XVI leaves office, Vatican Radio said Friday.
Vatican's communications site runs Batman story
One of the Vatican's main Twitter accounts and the website of its communications office were running stories about Batman on Thursday with the headline "Holy Switcheroo!"—raising concerns they might have been hacked.
Reverence for the heavens
For some, the contemplation of the cosmos is a religious experience. Vatican astronomers say this can lead to profound insights about ourselves and the nature of the universe.
Revelations about Galileo, Bruno, and aliens
The Catholic Church and scientists have a history of clashing, but according to Vatican astronomers, some of the stories of Church persecution are distortions of the truth more gossip than Gospel.
Google search for Vatican directed to 'paedophile site'
An Internet search for the Vatican through Google threw up a link to a website called pedofilo.com, the Italian word for paedophile, on Saturday.
Pope joins tweeting masses with Pontifex handle (Update 2)
(AP)—Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity—spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.