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Vatican court throws out objections to trial of journalists

Vatican City - A controversial trial of two investigative journalists and three others involved in the latest Vatican leaks scandal began Tuesday with judges rejecting an appeal for the charges against one of the reporters to be dismissed.

Pope readies for Africa, riskiest trip of his papacy

Vatican City - Pope Francis heads to Africa this week for the riskiest trip of his papacy, defying danger with an open-topped popemobile and visits to a slum, refugee camp and mosque despite security fears following jihadist attacks.

'Brotherhood of crime' to stand trial for Vatican leaks

Vatican City - The Vatican said Saturday it has charged five people over a leaks scandal at the heart of the Catholic Church, accusing the alleged ringleaders of forming a "brotherhood of crime".

Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday described some Catholic priests as so scary and neurotic he keeps well away from them.

Christmas festivities 'a charade' with world at war: Pope

Vatican City - Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen "war and hate", Pope Francis said Thursday."Christmas is approaching: there will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and nativity scenes ... it's all a charade.

Pope says church doors must stay open despite terror fears

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Wednesday that the doors of Catholic churches around the world must remain open, despite increased security fears in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Vatican interrogates journalist over leaks

Vatican City - One of the two Italian investigative journalists facing criminal proceedings for revealing Vatican secrets said Tuesday he had been quizzed by Holy See prosecutors.

Pope Francis to visit synagogue in Rome ghetto

Vatican City - Pope Francis is to become the third pontiff to visit Rome's main synagogue, where he will meet members of the Italian capital's Jewish community on January 17, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Leaks journalist defies summons to Vatican 'inquisition'

Vatican City - Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of two Italian journalists facing a criminal probe over leaks from the Vatican, said Monday he would defy a summons to be interrogated by Holy See prosecutors.

Pope Francis 'shaken' by 'inhuman' Paris attacks

Vatican City - Pope Francis said on Saturday he was "shaken" by what he described as the "inhuman" attacks on a string of Paris venues which left at least 128 people dead."I am shaken, I don't understand these things, done by human beings...

Vatican investigates two journalists over leaks scandal

Vatican City - The Vatican said it has launched a probe into two Italian journalists over confidential documents that were leaked to the media revealing gross financial mismanagement at the heart of the secretive city-state.

Pope says would like to visit Auschwitz: Polish president

Vatican City - Pope Francis wants to visit Auschwitz when he visits Poland in July 2016, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday after meeting the pontiff.

Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday pledged to forge ahead with reforms within the Church, while decrying "deplorable" leaks over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.

Book reveals pope's fury over Vatican finances

Vatican City - "May the Lord forgive us, but we don't pay!"Those were the dramatic words Pope Francis used to demand a clampdown on uncontrolled spending by the Vatican just months after his election in 2013.

Italian PR expert accuses Spanish priest of papal wiretaps

Vatican City - Italian public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui, arrested for allegedly stealing confidential documents from the Vatican, said Wednesday it was her co-accused, a Spanish priest, who secretly recorded the pope's conversations.

'Spying' on the pope: Vatican leaks reveal dirty dealings

Vatican City - Wiretaps of the pope's private conversations allegedly recorded by a racy social climber and a Spanish prelate are rocking the Catholic Church after confidential information including claims of theft and debauchery was passed to investigative journalis...

Two 'moles' arrested as fresh scandal hits Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican has arrested a Spanish prelate and a social media expert for allegedly stealing and leaking classified documents in the second such scandal to hit the secretive institution in three years.

Pope Francis condemns clerics who 'defamed' slain archbishop

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday criticised church leaders who "defamed" and "dragged through the mud" the controversial Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero before and after his assassination.

Pope offers pardon to scandal-tainted Legion of Christ

Vatican City - Pope Francis has granted a "plenary indulgence", or religious pardon, to the ultra-conservative Legion of Christ movement, mired in a paedophile scandal, provided its members perform acts of penance, Vatican Radio said Thursday.

Vatican marks historic end to official anti-Semitism

Vatican City - The Catholic Church on Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark declaration by which it ended centuries of officially condoned anti-Semitism and urged bridge-building with all other faiths.
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