Latest L'Osservatore Romano Stories

2009-07-15 10:35:04

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment in the magic-themed movie franchise, has earned a glowing review from the Vatican's newspaper. L'Osservatore Romano published a critique Tuesday praising the filmmakers for drawing a clear line of demarcation between good and evil, making clear that good is right, and that in some cases this involves hard work and sacrifices, The Times of London reported. The L'Osservatore reviewer also said the movie promotes the values of...

2009-05-07 09:00:49

L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, has described the controversial Catholic-themed film Angels & Demons as harmless entertainment. Set largely at the Vatican, Demons is the follow-up to director Ron Howard's international blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. Both Demons and Code are big-screen adaptations of Dan Brown thrillers and star Hollywood actor Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a mystery-solving Harvard University symbologist. Some Catholic leaders have spoken out against...

2009-04-06 23:34:05

Research suggests the Shroud of Turin -- said to be Jesus' burial cloth -- was hidden by medieval knights for more than a century, the Vatican said Sunday. The Vatican's weekly newspaper said a researcher in the Vatican Secret Archives has found a document that suggests the shroud was hidden by the Knights Templar and secretly venerated for more than 100 years after the Crusades, The Times of London reported Monday. The newspaper said the shroud disappeared in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade...

2006-06-09 08:37:54

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper on Friday criticized the government of the Tuscany region in Italy for deciding to provide free hormone treatment for patients undergoing sex change operations. L'Osservatore Romano called the decision by the Tuscany regional government earlier this week "incredible." "The problem is not cost, it's principle," the newspaper said. "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, (insufficient...

2006-05-23 11:48:35

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican newspaper criticized on Tuesday comments by Italy's health minister in favor of the abortion pill, setting the tone for a drawn-out battle with the new centre-left government over its proposed social policies. L'Osservatore Romano called the RU-486 abortion pill a weapon to carry out "carefree murder," speaking out for the second time in as many days against two of Romano Prodi's women ministers, less than a week after they were sworn...

2006-01-19 10:52:12

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has restated its support for evolution with an article praising a U.S. court decision that rejects the "intelligent design" theory as non-scientific. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that teaching intelligent design -- which argues that life is so complex that it needed a supernatural creator -- alongside Darwin's theory of evolution would only cause confusion. A court in the state of...

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