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  1. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican reveals figures on sex abuse by priests for the first time

    Posted May 07th 2014, 08:54pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Geneva Vatican reveals figures on sex abuse by priests The Vatican has released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests had been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade. The Vatican's UN ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1506700/vatican-reveals-figures-sex-abuse-priests-first-time
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Cardinal Zen and the art of anti-communism

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:01am by Alex Lo

    ... be manipulated." Given the kind of bankers, diplomats and mafia dons the Vatican has at its service, this spiritual state is well versed in the ways of the world. So don't you worry your pretty old ... it be that antagonism with the Vatican was a factor in this? What's wrong with seeking improved diplomatic relations with Beijing? The Vatican, after all, is by international convention a state. So why ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1546976/hong-kongs-cardinal-zen-and-art-anti-communism
  3. News - China Insider - RELIGION

    Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:48pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... not to visit China, saying the pontiff would be “manipulated”. Improving ties between the Vatican and Beijing has given rise to speculation the pope could reach out to China. But Zen told the Corriere ... Party would show him the illegitimate bishops, including the three excommunicated ones,” the 82-year-old said in the interview. The comments come as ties between the Vatican and China have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1545687/cardinal-zen-asks-pope-francis-not-visit-china
  4. News - World - RELIGION

    Two popes canonised at single Vatican ceremony attended by Pope Francis and predecessor Benedict

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 05:04am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Vatican City Francis and Benedict attend ceremony to make John XXIII and John Paul II saints, the first time two ex-pontiffs are canonised at the same time 'Four-pope ... School in Houston, Texas, and waited for nearly 12 hours to get near St Peter's. "John Paul was so impactful on the church. He completed the work of Vatican II. Today honours the last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1498614/two-popes-canonised-single-vatican-ceremony-attended-pope-francis-and
  5. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope apologises to victims of sex abuse by priests abuse for ‘sins and grave crimes’

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 10:46pm by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Vatican City Francis criticises 'a complicity that cannot be explained' on the part of church leaders Pope tells victims he's sorry for priests' sex abuse ... to a "satanic mass" and promised "zero tolerance". Vatican watcher John Allen said the pope may be wary of blackening the name of innocent priests who find themselves accused of crimes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549219/pope-apologises-victims-sex-abuse-priests-abuse-sins-and-grave-crimes
  6. News - World

    Pair accused of trying to deposit fake bonds in Vatican bank

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 05:57am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Police hold two men accused of trying to place fake bonds in Holy See's bank Vatican deposit scam alleged Vatican police apprehended an American and a Dutch man who were trying to deposit billions of euros and US dollars in fake bonds in the Vatican bank. The men were stopped by the police when they approached one of the guarded gates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1461086/pair-accused-trying-deposit-fake-bonds-vatican-bank
  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    Top Vatican bank managers resign after monsignor’s arrest

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 12:32pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Vatican City Two top managers of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank resigned on Monday following the arrest of a high-ranking cleric with close ties to the financial institution, in the latest of a string of embarrassments for the Holy See. Director Paolo Cipriani and deputy-director Massimo Tulli stepped down three days after the Vatican was rocked by the arrest of Monsignor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1273781/top-vatican-bank-managers-resign-after-monsignors-arrest
  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Arrested Vatican prelate lived lush life in hometown

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 10:29am by Reuters

    ... in the city centre, was huge, with art lining the walls and hallways divided by Roman-style columns. Scarano, a Vatican official with close ties to the Vatican bank and who is now in Rome’s Queen ... at the Vatican bank, all came from donations and that he had done nothing wrong. There was no sign of breaking and entering apart from a broken window which police believed irrelevant and the thieves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1275835/arrested-vatican-prelate-lived-lush-life-hometown
  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Pope Francis prays for peace in Ukraine, Syria and Nigeria in his Easter mass from the Vatican

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 07:45pm by AP

    ... with that of Orthodox churches, which have many followers in Ukraine. Some of the hymns at the Vatican mass were in Russian. Invoking God, he said: "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives ... abducted schoolgirls. In Venezuela, there were hopes that Vatican mediation could help end political unrest. Francis urged that "hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1491782/pope-francis-prays-peace-ukraine-syria-and-nigeria-his-easter-mass
  10. News - World - VATICAN

    Vatican’s reported ‘guard hawk’ a delayed April Fools’ prank

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 09:00pm by AFP

    ... the Vatican recruiting a hawk to protect the pope's doves after two were killed by a crow and a seagull. The publication said a bird of prey named Sylvia, who was specially trained for the task in northern Italy, had been taken on by the Swiss Guards following the incident in January. But a Vatican official said the report, which was due to appear in the paper's Thursday edition ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1474161/vaticans-reported-guard-hawk-delayed-april-fools-prank

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