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'Cardinal's woman' arrested in Italy after 500,000-euro payment

Vatican City - Italian financial police on Tuesday arrested a woman in Milan who was paid half a million euros ($590,000) by the Vatican into a Slovenian bank account, local media reported.

Pope meets acquitted Australian cardinal Pell

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Monday with Australian Cardinal George Pell for the first time since he was jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Teen one step from becoming first millennial saint

Vatican City - A British-born Italian teenager who dedicated his short life to spreading the faith online and helping the poor was beatified by the Catholic Church Saturday.

Pope in first trip outside Rome since virus lockdown

Assisi - Pope Francis makes his first trip Saturday since the Vatican's coronavirus lockdown, though it will be a solitary affair for the crowd-loving Argentine who has had to learn how to be close to the faithful from a distance.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell returns to Rome

Rome - Cardinal George Pell returned to Rome from Australia Wednesday for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges.

Francis 'loses patience' in Vatican corruption fight

Vatican City - Pope Francis once likened sorting out the Vatican's tangled accounts to "cleaning the Sphinx of Egypt with a toothbrush".

Pompeo calls for pope to show 'courage' over China

Rome - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revived a spat with the Vatican Wednesday during a visit to Rome, a month ahead of the US elections and hot on the heels of a diplomatic breach that experts see as an effort to win conservative Catholic votes.

Acquitted Australian Cardinal Pell heading to Rome, says aide

Sydney - Cardinal George Pell will return to Rome from Australia for the first time since being jailed -- and then acquitted -- on child sex abuse charges, an aide said Tuesday.

Cardinal Pell 'returning to Rome' after rival falls

Rome - Australian Cardinal George Pell was reportedly to return to Rome Tuesday for the first time since being acquitted of sexual abuse charges, just days after a known Vatican rival was ousted.

Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him

Vatican City - One of the Vatican's most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members.

Vatican announces surprise resignation of top cardinal

Vatican City - One of the most influential Vatican cardinals, Angelo Becciu from Italy, resigned his position unexpectedly on Thursday, the Holy See announced without explanation.

Vatican thunder over wider access to euthanasia

Vatican City - The Vatican on Tuesday underscored its unyielding opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it an "act of homicide", as more and more countries consider legal reforms on the controversial issue.

Vatican, China prepare to renew historic deal to US anger

Vatican City - The Vatican and China are preparing to renew a historic deal on the appointment of bishops that has slightly thawed icy relations -- much to the displeasure of the US.

Pope Francis 'constantly monitored' for virus: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.

Pope sports a face mask for the first time in public

Vatican City - Pope Francis was seen Wednesday for the first time wearing a protective face mask as he attended his second traditional general audience before a limited public presence after a six-month suspension.

Pope calls for social justice and vaccines for all

Vatican City - The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating inequalities between rich and poor, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, calling for universal vaccines not reserved just for the wealthiest.

Former pope Benedict's face shingles 'improving'

Vatican City - A painful case of shingles afflicting the face of former pope Benedict XVI is clearing up, his private secretary Georg Gaenswein has told a German newspaper.

Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail': report

Berlin - Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

New Vatican manual advises bishops to report sex abuse claims to police

Vatican City - The Vatican released guidelines Thursday for bishops and other senior officials on dealing with clerical child sex abuse claims, clarifying rules on tackling a decades-old scandal plaguing the church.

Polish Church faces reckoning over sex abuse

Warsaw - Jakub Pankowiak's story of sexual abuse by a local priest is shaking up Poland's Catholic hierarchy, amplifying calls for full transparency after decades of cover-ups in the former communist country.

Vatican investigates Polish bishop for abuse cover-up

Warsaw - The Vatican has given the go-ahead for an investigation into a Polish bishop suspected of covering up sexual abuse of children by clergy -- a subject that has long remained taboo in predominantly Catholic Poland.

Fashion, al fresco dining as cautious Italy reopens

Rome - Spaghetti carbonara, Gucci bags and trendy haircuts were back on the menu in Italy Monday, but only the bravest ate, shopped or styled-away their lockdown blues as the country attempted to return to normality.

Timeline of Cardinal Pell's child sex abuse case

Sydney - Here is a timeline of the rise, fall and acquittal of Cardinal George Pell:- Priesthood -Born in 1941, Pell grew up in rural Australia and, inspired by his devout Catholic mother, chose a career in the church.

Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square

Vatican City - Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith.

French cardinal exits over failure to report alleged sex abuser

Lyon - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who failed to report an alleged paedophile priest, the Catholic Church in Lyon said Friday.

Vatican reports first coronavirus case

Vatican City - The Vatican on Friday reported its first coronavirus case and closed some offices to protect hundreds of the micro-state's priests and residents from the virus raging in surrounding Italy.

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Vatican City - Historians will begin combing the archives of the world's most contentious pope on Monday, hoping to glean why Pius XII stayed silent during the Nazi extermination of Jews in the Holocaust.

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to 'cold'

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he was cancelling a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a "cold".

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to 'cold'

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Sunday he would not be taking part in a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a "cold".

Vatican opens archives on history's most controversial pope

Vatican City - The Vatican unseals the archives of history's most contentious popes on Monday, potentially shedding light on why Pius XII stayed silent during the extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
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PAPAL VISIT: Pope Francis visits the Brazilian city of Varginha in 2013.
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Pope tells super rich, bankers to find some ethics. Pope Francis pictured during his general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 11, 2014
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