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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. News - World - CRIME

    Police slap arrested Vatican prelate with fresh money-laundering charge

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 01:15am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Vatican City Ex-Vatican official faces new illicit cash charge A former Vatican prelate on trial for an alleged plot to smuggle €20 million (HK$210 million) into Italy was further charged yesterday with laundering millions of euros through the Vatican bank. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two other people served with arrest warrants were suspected of laundering ...

  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 ...

  6. News - World - DRUGS

    Cocaine haul was destined for Vatican

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 12:17am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Berlin Cocaine haul destined for Vatican The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows. German customs officials intercepted a shipment of cocaine destined for the Vatican in January, weekly Bild am Sonntag reported at the weekend. Officers at Leipzig airport found 340 grams of the drug packed into 14 condoms inside a shipment of cushions ...

  7. News - World - VATICAN

    Pope’s ex-butler goes on trial for leaked papers

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 08:25pm by Associated Press in Vatican City

    ... Associated Press in Vatican City There was a time when a Vatican trial could end with a heretic being burned at the stake. Paolo Gabriele doesn’t risk nearly as a dire fate, but he and the Holy See face a very public airing over the gravest security breach in the Vatican’s recent history following the theft and leaking of the pope’s personal papers. Gabriele, the pope’s ...

  8. Vatican switch?

    Posted May 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Pope Benedict has expressed a wish to re-establish diplomatic ties with China, according to a senior Vatican official. The Vatican recognises Taiwan, not China. What do you think of this move? Share your views: write to us ...

  9. News - World - RELIGION

    Germany's 'bling bishop' sacked by Vatican

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 01:09am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Vatican City Germany's 'bling bishop' sacked by Vatican Pope Francis yesterday permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese after his €31 million ... was enormous. The perceived lack of financial transparency also struck a chord since a church tax in Germany brings in billions a year to the German church. The Vatican said the inquiry ...

  10. 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. ...




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