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  1. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican denies shielding envoy over sex abuse in Dominican Republic

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Ambassador recalled to Rome before Dominican Republic prosecutors announce investigation Vatican denies shielding envoy over sex abuse The Vatican says ... responsibilities when accused priests come from within its own ranks. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied the Vatican was trying to shield Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski by recalling him to Rome ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1309212/vatican-denies-shielding-envoy-over-sex-abuse-dominican-republic
  2. News - World - VATICAN

    Senior Vatican cleric arrested in Italian cash-smuggling investigation

    Posted Jun 29th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... to the Vatican bank was arrested yesterday for plotting to help rich friends smuggle tens of millions of euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, who worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican's financial administration, was arrested along with an Italian secret service agent and an intermediary. Details of the case against Scarano emerged just two days after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1271247/senior-vatican-cleric-arrested-italian-cash-smuggling-investigation
  3. News - Asia - THE VATICAN

    Filipino cardinal Tagle stirs papal talk with rapid rise

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 07:17pm by AFP

    ... to an account of the speech by Vatican Radio. At another Vatican conference last year, Tagle urged the Church in Asia to tackle the sex abuse issue before it became a full-blown crisis there, and put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1185601/filipino-cardinal-tagle-stirs-papal-talk-rapid-rise
  4. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Pope Benedict to resign, first pontiff to quit in 600 years

    Posted Feb 11th 2013, 07:15pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in the Vatican City Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday he will resign as leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 because his age prevented him ... to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” the 85-year-old pope said in a speech pronounced in Latin at a meeting of cardinals in the Vatican. I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1148102/pope-benedict-shock-resignation
  5. News - China

    Vatican slams Chinese official church in bishop row

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:25am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City The Vatican slammed China’s state-run Catholic church on Thursday for stripping a bishop of his title, insisting the move “has no legal value ... the world to voice their support for Ma. China and the Vatican severed diplomatic ties in 1951 after the latter recognised the Nationalist Chinese government in Taipei, a rival to the communist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1104936/vatican-slams-chinese-official-church-bishop-row
  6. News - World - RELIGION

    Papal blessing stirs exorcism speculation

    Posted May 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City Papal focus on Satan believed to have sparked debate over encounter on St Peter's Square Pope's blessing stirs exorcism speculation The question ... there was "no doubt" that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil. The Vatican was more cautious on Tuesday, saying Francis "didn't intend ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1243118/papal-blessing-stirs-exorcism-speculation
  7. News - World

    New trial in Vatican scandal offers insider look at Holy See's workings

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 02:10pm

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City The trial this week of a Vatican computer whiz over his alleged role in an embarrassing scandal of filched confidential papal documents is offering a chance for an insider glimpse at the Holy See’s security workings. Among those expected to testify in the trial, which begins on Monday in a Vatican City tribunal, are the pope’s top bodyguard, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1075218/new-trial-vatican-scandal-offers-insider-look-holy-sees-workings
  8. News - World - VATICAN

    Vatican bank card ban hits tourists

    Posted Jan 05th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Rome Visitors forced to pay in cash after bank card services are halted in money-laundering row Tourists hit in pocket by Vatican credit ban A suspension of electronic payments in the Vatican City is threatening finances in the world's smallest state as thousands of pilgrims and tourists are forced to use cash only in museums and shops with yearly sales ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1120231/vatican-bank-card-ban-hits-tourists
  9. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Vatican built up property empire using Mussolini's millions

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... by the Vatican. Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church's international portfolio has snowballed, using cash originally handed over by Benito Mussolini in return for papal ... London properties. A surprising aspect is the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions. Its holdings came to light only after a probe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1133794/vatican-built-property-empire-using-mussolinis-millions
  10. News - World - CULTURE

    Italy's cultural heritage vanishing, warns Vatican museums director

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Rome After library plundered, ex-minister says the cultural fabric of the country is coming apart Italy's national heritage 'in danger of vanishing' The director of the Vatican museums warned that Italy's cultural heritage is vanishing after prosecutors in Naples said two more people were arrested on suspicion of taking part ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1140376/italys-cultural-heritage-vanishing-warns-vatican-museums-director

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