The director of the Vatican Observatory dismissed talk of a Mayan doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012, saying that the end of the Earth, if it happens, is billions of years away.
Vatican bank: The Vatican said it was "perplexed and surprised" by the investigation.
Caravaggio fans were no doubt disappointed when scholars announced that the 'Martyrdom of St. Lawrence,' initially thought to be the work of Caravaggio, was likely painted by one of his followers.
Caravaggio scholars are working to authenticate a painting of St. Lawrence's martyrdom, which has features typical of Caravaggio's style, the Vatican newspaper has reported. Caravaggio or not, the painting is quite good, say art historians.
L’Osservatore Romano, the famously staid semi-official mouthpiece of the Catholic Church, has been seeking to remake its image, panning the blockbuster 'Avatar' but praising Homer Simpson and forgiving John Lennon for his 'more popular than Jesus' comment.
Fans from Asia to Europe lined up to watch the movie premiere Wednesday. The Vatican newspaper praised its promotion of friendship and sacrifice.