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  1. News - World

    Vatican defends ivory record with elephant lovers

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 10:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City The Vatican defended itself on Wednesday against accusations it encourages illegal ivory trafficking, telling elephant lovers it would do what it could ... the finger at the Vatican, noting the use of ivory in making precious religious tokens and accusing Pope Benedict XVI of accepting or giving ivory items as gifts. The report sparked a flurry of angry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1134718/vatican-defends-ivory-record-elephant-lovers
  2. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Former commander of Swiss Guards tells of gay network at Vatican

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 10:17pm by GDN

    ... A former commander of the Swiss Guard, the small force of men whose job it is to protect the pope, says there is "a network of homosexuals" within the Vatican, the latest in a series of claims about gay priests working at the heart of the Catholic Church. Elmar Mader, who was commandant of the Guard from 2002 until 2008, said that his time at the heart of the Vatican had given ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1410565/former-commander-swiss-guards-tells-gay-network-vatican
  3. News - World - RELIGION

    In historic first, Vatican to face UN inquiry on sex abuse cases

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 04:20pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in the Vatican City The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced to defend itself publicly for the first time against ... grand jury investigations in the US, and government fact-finding inquiries from Canada to Ireland to Australia that detail how Vatican policies, its culture of secrecy and fear of scandal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1406190/historic-first-vatican-face-un-inquiry-sex-abuse-cases
  4. News - World - RELIGION

    Vatican is asked to beatify 16th century China evangelist Matteo Ricci

    Posted Jan 11th 2014, 09:11am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Giuliodori said the bid to beatify Ricci comes as Francis tries to build better relations with China Request to beatify 16th century China evangelist filed The Vatican has received a request to beatify an Italian Jesuit priest favoured by Pope Francis and whose attempts to evangelise China in the 16th century were thwarted by the church. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1402965/vatican-asked-honour-jesuit-who-tried-evangelise-china
  5. News - World - SURVEILLANCE

    NSA denies that it eavesdropped on Vatican

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 10:44am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington and Vatican City The National Security Agency, responsible for US electronic eavesdropping, said on Wednesday that it does not target the Vatican and called an Italian media report that it had done so “not true.” Panorama magazine said on Wednesday that the NSA had eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls, possibly including when former Pope Benedict’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1344299/nsa-denies-it-eavesdropped-vatican
  6. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel orders ground offensive in Gaza; heavy shelling on border

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:13am by Reuters

    ... Mahmoud Abbas yesterday to express his "very grave concerns" over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said. "A small group of fanatics are the cause of suffering in Gaza. Israel is doing everything to lower the flames and minimise civilian casualties," Peres replied. Abbas, who held a prayer for peace with Peres at the Vatican last month, told the pontiff he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1555947/israeli-begins-ground-offensive-gaza
  7. News - World - VATICAN

    Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 08:29pm by Associated Press at the Vatican

    ... Associated Press at the Vatican In his Christmas message to the administrators of the Catholic Church the pontiff warned against gossip and inward-looking perspectives Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators on Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1387752/pope-warns-against-mediocrity-gossip-vatican
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:03am by STAFF

    ... Egypt's prosecution service referred nearly 100 Mursi supporters to trial for alleged murders, a bombing and the torching of a university building.   Spain's new king and queen visit Vatican Spain's newly crowned King Felipe and his wife, Queen Letizia, make their first state visit as monarchs to the Vatican, to meet Pope Francis. Ties between the Spanish royal family and the Vatican ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1543185/talking-points
  9. 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

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