Vatican denies shielding envoy over sex abuse in Dominican Republic

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Photo: AFP

The Vatican says it is co-operating with prosecutors in the Dominican Republic who are investigating its envoy for alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys.

Saturday, 14 September, 2013, 3:46am

Senior Vatican cleric arrested in Italian cash-smuggling investigation

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano

A senior Catholic cleric with connections 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.

29 Jun 2013 - 4:59am

Papal blessing stirs exorcism speculation

Pope Francis lays hands on a young man's head after Mass. Photo: AP

The question has been swirling around ever since Francis laid his hands on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.

22 May 2013 - 3:28am

Book review: The Vatican Diaries, by John Thavis

Book review: The Vatican Diaries, by John Thavis

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.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:09pm

Pope meets with Benedict in historic lunch

Pope Francis (left) yesterday embraces Benedict at Castel Gandolfo in Italy, where the latter lives in seclusion. Photo: AP

Pope Francis flew in to a papal residence near Rome yesterday for an unprecedented encounter with "pope emeritus" Benedict - the first time a pontiff has met his predecessor.

24 Mar 2013 - 9:14am

Ma Ying-jeou's Vatican trip, which Beijing barely protested, a success

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Ma Ying-jeou (far right) in St Peter's Square ahead of the pope's inaugural mass. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's official visit this week to the Vatican, when he became the island's first leader to meet the pope and interacted with other foreign leaders, was hailed as a "fruitful" and "historic" trip by the island's media.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:09am

What's being said on

Shipment of illegal ivory seized in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

On the government wondering what to do with the 16 tonnes of illegal ivory it has confiscated since 2008,  allegations of political interference at RTHK, and  hopes that relations between Beijing and the Vatican will improve under the new pope.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am 1 comment

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou to attend pope's inauguration, irking Beijing

Ma Ying-jeou will attend Pope Francis' inauguration and boost ties. Photo: EPA

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou was due to leave for the Vatican last night to attend the inauguration mass of Pope Francis in a move that may stoke tensions with the mainland.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Talking points

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants.

Egg McMuffins will be given away free to early birds up to 11am at about 230 McDonald's restaurants as part of the chain's National Breakfast Day regional initiative.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am

Pope Francis calls for a poor church for the poor

Pope Francis calls for a poor church for the poor

Pope Francis called for "a poor Church for the poor" as he addressed thousands of the world's journalists yesterday, saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi shunned riches to help the destitute.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

Will Pope Francis visit China? And, if so, in whose dress?

Pope Francis. Photo: AP

American comedian Bill Maher compared last week's papal conclave to the Oscars, saying: "It's so exciting. We all want to know who will win and whose dress will he be wearing!"

17 Mar 2013 - 6:31am 1 comment

Pope Francis and his 'new style of papacy'

Illustration: Craig Stephens

In private meetings before their conclave to elect a new pope, Catholic cardinals took note when one of their number rose to speak - clearly, quietly and persuasively - about the need to purify the church and streamline its unwieldy bureaucracy.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:15am

Taiwan President Ma to visit Vatican, Beijing grumbles

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s leader plans to visit the Vatican for the new pope’s inauguration mass, officials said on Friday, prompting Beijing to warn Taipei against doing anything to inflame their delicate relationship.

15 Mar 2013 - 11:57pm

Talking points

New Premier Li Keqiang unveils his new cabinet team as the National People's Congress plenary approaches its conclusion.

New Premier Li Keqiang unveils his new cabinet team as the National People's Congress plenary approaches its conclusion. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying touches down in Beijing for meetings with new ministers and senior officials.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am

Pope Francis faces daunting task to restore faith in Catholic Church

Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting of the world's cardinals. Photo: AFP

Francis, Bishop of Rome, lately known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, looked stunned when he made his appearance on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica as the first pope from Latin America or from a developing country. He did not wave his arms in triumph as Benedict XVI had done eight years ago, but just said "Good evening".

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am