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A year earlier, Scottish church officials had reported that O'Brien had objected to a national church audit into how church officials had handled sex abuse cases in the Scottish church from 1952-2012. Without O'Brien's participation, the analysis never got off the ground. O'Brien's official Vatican biography ...
Pope Francis warned against the “crafty serpent” of fake news last month. He called it a ”sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes” and said it “leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred.” But this month, “fake news” has reached the Vatican door. Vatican officials admitted last week to doctoring a ...

Mitch Walking Elk and his students are unlikely Vatican visitors. But if all goes as planned, they will meet with Vatican officials in May with a plea: “Rescind the historic papal decrees that justified the domination of native peoples.” These 500-year-old decrees are at the center of a surprising flurry of ...
7 letter from the retired Pope Benedict XVI to the Vatican's chief of communications, Monsignor Dario Vigano. In the letter, Benedict responds to Vigano's request that he review a new volume of books about Pope Francis' theology. But a blurred portion of the letter reveals that Benedict told him he didn't ...
Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing's efforts to crack down on illegal “underground” organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued over the past 10 years. Dr Haibo Wang, deputy chief of China's organ donation and transplant foundation, ...
A photo released by the Vatican has prompted criticism from the Associated Press after it was revealed that the image had been digitally doctored and was missing some revealing details. The photo was of a ... After an inquiry from the Associated Press, a Vatican official admitted yesterday (Mar. 14) that the ...

In silence people find God, discover who they are and equip themselves for a meaningful life, said Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. “An awesome task is given to us, a difficult task,” the African cardinal told an overflow crowd of ...
On the mainland, the ruling party superintends the foundations of power, including in religious affairs. Beijing's concern has been that there should be no alternative source that can influence the people, which it sees as a potential risk to political and social stability. The tussle between the Vatican and ...
ROME — Christians in the Middle East, particularly those who have been forced from their homes by violence and persecution, need the support of the Catholic Church, a Vatican official said. “Let us show them concretely our closeness, through our constant prayer and through our monetary aid,” said ...
China will present its effort to combat organ trafficking and progress on organ donation and transplants at the Vatican meeting, said Wang Haibo, head of China's official organ distribution system, China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS), who also attended a similar PAS global summit in ...
When contacted by the Catholic Herald, one Rota official said that in his office he had neither heard about the course nor about its preparation. ... If he did say this – and it echoes some other Vatican officials' words on Amoris Laetitia – one wonders how it can be reconciled with the teaching of previous ...
The potential Vatican rapprochement with Communist China sparked a war of words among Catholic officials. “Talks are progressing at full swing,” deputy head of the official Chinese Catholics association, Fang Jianping, said on the sidelines of the annual legislative meeting, when asked about the ...
A former president of the Vatican bank has been ordered to stand trial on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, the Vatican has said, making him the highest-ranking Holy See financial official to be indicted on charges tying him to losses of more than $61 million from real estate sales.
Vatican City — Pope Francis named two longtime Vatican officials as apostolic nuncios and elevated both to the rank of archbishop. The Vatican announced Feb. 26 that the pope named Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, general secretary of the Secretariat for the Economy, as nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia.
“Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” opens May 10 at the Met in New York and represents the most extensive exhibit of the museum's Costume Institute, officials said. It also represents the first time some of the Vatican's most precious treasures from the Sistine Chapel sacristy are being ...
“We hope he comes,” said Sylvan Adams, the driving force behind efforts to bring the Giro to Israel. “We are working with Vatican officials and waiting to hear.” Adams personally delivered an official invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Pope Francis during a papal visit in October, ...
In November that year, he was named as delegate on the Pontifical Commissions for both the Vatican bank (Institute for Works of Religion) and the re-organisation of the economic structures of the Holy See and in March 2014 he was appointed as Secretary General of the Secretariat for the Economy.

Before naming him to the Secretariat for the Economy in March 2014, Pope Francis appointed the Maltese prelate as his personal delegate to the commissions reviewing the activity and mission of the Institute for the Works of Religion -- commonly called the Vatican bank -- and the commission that was ...
Vatican officials have asked Catholics for time to work out details on the agreement. In Hong Kong, several ... bishop – n. an official in some Christian religions who is ranked higher than a priest and who is usually in charge of church matters in a specific geographical area. diocese – n. the area that is ...
ROME - Pope Francis named two longtime Vatican officials as apostolic nuncios and elevated both to the rank of archbishop. The Vatican announced Feb. 26 that the pope named Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, general secretary of the Secretariat for the Economy, as nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia.
Joseph Zen is a retired Cardinal, a top church official. He has criticized the improving relations between the Vatican and the Chinese government. He wrote that the talks with Chinese officials would only give control of the Catholic Church in China to the government. Zen, who also is the former bishop of ...
A Belgian security researcher has discovered a vulnerability on the website of Vatican News — the official news publication of the Holy See — that could allow anyone to publish their own fake news. The vulnerability was discovered by independent researcher Inti De Ceukelaire. Proving his work, he ...
ROME - In a potentially important step in the Vatican's ongoing press for financial reform under Pope Francis, two former officials of the Institute for the Works ... Although that statement did not name the officials, it's been widely reported in the Italian media, including by Avvenire, the official newspaper of the ...
The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero. With a second miracle approved, the path has been cleared for a date to be set for the ...
A Vatican magazine has denounced the misuse of nuns who cook and clean for church officials with very little pay. The monthly magazine “Women, Church, World” describes how nuns are often treated like servants. The magazine, part of the official Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A former president of the Vatican bank and his attorney are set to go on trial at the Vatican March 15 on embezzling and money-laundering ... In the order, Milano alleged that in the institute's official books the three men under-represented the proceeds from the real estate sales.
GENEVA - As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, some nations have seen religious pluralism as a threat and reacted either by failing to protect religious minorities or by trying to marginalize all believers, a Vatican representative said. And, unfortunately, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told the U.N. ...
Joseph Zen is a retired Cardinal, a top church official. He has criticized the improving relations between the Vatican and the Chinese government. He wrote that the talks with Chinese officials would only give control of the Catholic Church in China to the government. Zen, who also is the former bishop of ...
SANTIAGO, Chile - The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse was undergoing gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said. The curia for Archbishop Charles Scicluna's archdiocese in Malta announced the surgery in a brief ...
Last year, for instance, a Vatican diplomat was recalled from assignment to Washington, DC, after both American and Canadian authorities opened investigations into alleged child pornography offences. There is still a great divide in the Church's response to the sexual abuse scandals. Where these ...
The outcome in the Amenta case comes at a time when Vatican prosecutors are also looking into charges against Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former official of the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., who faces charges in Canada after allegedly using a computer in Windsor to download and ...
SAIQI, China — A Chinese Catholic bishop at the center of a dispute between the Vatican and China said on Sunday that he would respect any deal worked out between the two powers. But he cautioned that the Chinese authorities still had a hard time accepting the idea that Catholics should not be ...
A Belgian security researcher has discovered a vulnerability on the website of Vatican News — the official news publication of the Holy See — that could allow anyone to publish their own fake news. The vulnerability was discovered by independent researcher Inti De Ceukelaire. Proving his work, he ...
ROME - In a potentially important step in the Vatican's ongoing press for financial reform under Pope Francis, two former officials of the Institute for the Works ... Although that statement did not name the officials, it's been widely reported in the Italian media, including by Avvenire, the official newspaper of the ...
The conference brought together 11 Nobel laureates, top officials from the United Nations and NATO, diplomats from around the world, experts in nuclear ... NEW YORK - While Pope Francis is pushing hard to ban nuclear weapons, a retired Vatican diplomat wants to make it clear the pope is not calling for ...
ROME - Pope Francis wants “a bold cultural revolution” in pontifical universities, according to Vatican officials presenting a new document on Monday, so those universities are capable of forming leaders who can strike out on new paths and address an ongoing “epochal shift” marked by rapid “change and ...
Hong Kong's retired cardinal has revealed the behind-the-scenes drama of the Vatican's efforts to improve relations with China, including its request for a legitimate bishop to resign in favor of an excommunicated one who ... Calls to the ethnic and religious authorities in the two dioceses went unanswered.
In recent years, Vatican authorities have put out a series of rules barring men with same-sex attraction from entering priestly formation. In December 2016, the Vatican loosened restrictions to allow for seminarians with so-called "transitory" issues of sexual orientation. Some seminaries in the United States ...
In December, Bishop Zhuang was escorted by government officials to Beijing, where he was taken to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to meet a papal delegation believed to have been headed by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who leads the Vatican's China negotiating team. According to an account in ...
Home » World » Vatican official hopes World Meeting of Families will promote family values ... Vatican City, Jan 25, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Cardinal Kevin Farrell ... Pope Francis is expected to participate, having voiced his hope to do so on several occasions, though an official confirmation is still awaited.
... to Church authorities as early as 2002, but little came of them. Indeed, it is alleged that the Chilean hierarchy actively disbelieved the allegations against Karadima. But such allegations cannot be ignored forever. In 2011, Karadima was finally sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer by the Vatican.
ROME — A fake front page of the Vatican's official newspaper was sent to cardinals and bishops by an anonymous source this week as part of what appears to be an ongoing campaign to undermine Pope Francis. The page, obtained by NBC News, purports to be the front of the Osservatore Romano and contains a spoof ...
HANOI: A Vatican delegation has discussed nominations for a Vatican envoy and for bishops for vacant dioceses with Vietnam's government. ... The source said Vatican delegates also worked with Vietnamese officials on the possibility of establishing educational centers run by the Catholic Church in the ...
A Vatican delegation asked Bishop Peter Zhuang of Shantou and Bishop Jospeh Guo Xijin of Mindong to retire or accept demotion in order to smooth relations with the Chinese ... Bishop Guo went missing for some time last year after authorities forced him to pay a visit to the religious affairs bureau in Fuan.
Convalidating a marriage on a plane “is not the general norm, but it is a way of bringing people back into the Church, into the fold,” the cardinal said. “Why would we not do that?” Monsignor Cuong M. Pham, an official at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, was grateful Francis provided extra details ...
The Vatican currently has no plans to change the procedure of exchanging honors during historic official visits of heads of state to the Vatican, and ... of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great last summer, Vatican officials believe the statement issued about the honor last ...
The Vatican has said a papal honor given to a militant pro-abortion Dutch politician was standard “diplomatic practice” when someone is part of an official delegation with their head of state, and in no way was meant as a sign of support for her ... Vatican officials also received honors from the Dutch state.
Despite the Pope's stated preference for single five-year terms in the Curia, an ever-growing number of key Vatican officials are carrying on well past their terms. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has served 11 years in that office, and turns 80 next ...
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2018 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Kevin Farrell is in charge of the World Meeting of Families being held in August, and he has said he hopes the event will revitalize family life, both in Ireland and around the world. The World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place in Dublin Aug. 21-26.
In this photo provided by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cloned monkeys Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua sit together with a fabric toy. For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, potentially bringing scientists closer to being able ...


 

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