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  1. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Vatican says conclave for next pope may come early

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 11:56am by Associated Press in Vatican City

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant. Vatican spokesman the Reverent Federico Lombardi said that Vatican rules on papal succession are open ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1152273/vatican-says-conclave-next-pope-may-come-early
  2. News - World - VATICAN

    UN committee demands Vatican action on child sex abuse

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 08:33pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva Watchdog calls for end to cover-up and urges sharing of information with police, but Vatican slams parts of report as 'doctrinal interference' Axe child abuse clergy, U.N. demands The United Nations called on the Vatican yesterday to "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to police. The UN ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1421543/un-watchdog-slams-vaticans-child-abuse-record
  3. News - World - VATICAN

    Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests over child abuse in 2 years

    Posted Jan 18th 2014, 05:41pm by AP

    ... as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex-abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to an analysis of Vatican statistics. The data- 260 priests defrocked in 2011 and 124 ... by the Vatican's in-house procedures- and a canon lawyer said the real figure was likely far higher, since the numbers do not include sentences meted out by diocesan courts. The rapid rise started a year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1408469/pope-benedict-defrocked-400-priests-over-child-abuse-2-years
  4. Breaking the ice

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An exhibition of Vatican artefacts in Hong Kong has emerged as a possible means of improving relations between the Catholic Church and Beijing. How important is it to thaw Sino-Vatican relations? Share your views: write to us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/462948/breaking-ice
  5. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis names Vatican secretary of state

    Posted Sep 01st 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... a veteran Vatican diplomat to be his top aide, replacing the Holy See's secretary of state who in recent years increasingly became a divisive figure in a church hierarchy mired in embarrassing scandal and financial probes. The Vatican announced that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, an Italian and former deputy foreign minister at the Vatican, on October 15 would assume the post held since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1300990/pope-francis-names-vatican-secretary-state
  6. News - China

    China hopes new pope will be 'practical and flexible'

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 06:18pm by AFP

    ... pope the Vatican will adopt a practical and flexible attitude and create conditions for the improvement of China-Vatican relations,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. Beijing ... clashed over the authority to name bishops and the Vatican’s ties with Taiwan, which Beijing regards as part of China. [The Vatican] should sever its so-called diplomatic relations with Taiwan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1190737/china-says-it-hopes-new-pope-will-be-flexible
  7. Lifestyle - Books - RELIGION

    Book review: The Vatican Diaries, by John Thavis

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Desmond O'Grady

    ... Desmond O'Grady The Vatican Diaries by John Thavis Viking Benedict XVI sprang a huge surprise when he stepped down from his papal office, the first pope in 600 years to do so; he no longer had the energy for his task, he said. Now, author John Thavis provides the background for the decision in his excellent The Vatican Diaries , which concludes just before Benedict's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1207649/book-review-vatican-diaries-john-thavis
  8. News - World - THE NEW POPE

    Chinese bishops see new pope as chance to mend rift with Vatican

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu, AGENCIES

    ... their deliberations to choose a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church, mainland bishops say they hope Beijing and the Vatican can repair strained relations. Bishop John Fang Xingyao, chairman of the of the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said a resumption of diplomatic ties was "key" to improving China-Vatican relations. "After you have established ties, you can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1189463/chinese-bishops-see-new-pope-chance-mend-rift-vatican
  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican hits back over corruption and blackmail claims

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Vatican fires back at Italian media The Vatican yesterday hit back at Italian media reports of intrigue, corruption and blackmail among top prelates, or high-ranking clergy, saying they were aimed at pressuring cardinals ahead of their vote to elect a successor to Pope Benedict, who resigns next week. The Vatican's Secretariat of State ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1157315/vatican-hits-back-over-corruption-and-blackmail-claims
  10. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Pope Francis to set up special committee on sexual abuse

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 10:48pm by GDN, Reuters

    ... O'Malley, announced yesterday. The move is Francis' first major step to address the crisis that has discredited the church, in the face of charges the Vatican has not done enough to protect ... and provide mental health care to victims. This came as the Vatican came under fire for refusing to give a UN panel information it requested on clerical sex abuse, saying it was part of its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1373875/pope-francis-set-special-committee-sexual-abuse

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