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Dec 19, 2014

Pope’s Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

The collective expertise in America’s southern hemisphere is a shift from the largely Europe-oriented foreign policy priorities of the Vatican under previous popes, particularly Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who is credited with helping bring down the Iron Curtain.

Dec 17, 2014

Vatican leveraged ties to Cuba, U.S. to help broker deal-officials

VATICAN CITY/WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Vatican
leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to
help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was
spurred by letters from Pope Francis to the presidents of both
countries.

The Vatican, which facilitated the agreement along with
Canada, gave some details of its role in a statement shortly
after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the major policy
shift by Washington to resume diplomatic ties after decades of
hostility with the communist-ruled island.

Dec 16, 2014

Vatican report on U.S. nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A keenly-awaited Vatican report on Roman Catholic nuns in the United States struck a conciliatory tone on Tuesday, praising them for their social and educational work but urging them to stick to Church teachings.

The report is the result of an investigation launched in 2008 after some Vatican officials and U.S. bishops voiced concern that some American nuns had adopted a secular mentality and been infiltrated by what one official at the time called “radical feminism”.

Dec 14, 2014
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Pope Francis turns out not to have made “pets in heaven” comment

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(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world.

Dec 12, 2014

Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.

The request was declined “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation” with China, a Vatican spokesman said. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, understood the situation, he added.

Dec 10, 2014
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Holocaust survivors’ descendants help keep memory alive in new book

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(The sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

As the liberation of Auschwitz approaches its 70th anniversary next year, descendants of Holocaust survivors face a dilemma that will deepen as time passes – how to transmit “received memory” to future generations.

Dec 10, 2014

Pope urges global war on human trafficking, appeals to consumers

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to shun goods that may have been produced by exploited workers.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, the pope denounced the “general indifference” that allows such practices to flourish.

Dec 8, 2014

Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex Vatican bank heads

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s top prosecutor has
frozen 16 million euros in bank accounts owned by two former
Vatican bank managers and a lawyer as part of an investigation
into the sale of Vatican-owned real estate in the 2000s,
according to the freezing order and other legal documents.

Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano said he suspected the three
men, former bank president Angelo Caloia, ex-director general
Lelio Scaletti, and lawyer Gabriele Liuzzo, of embezzling money
while managing the sale of 29 buildings sold by the Vatican bank
to mainly Italian buyers between 2001 and 2008, according to a
copy of the freezing order reviewed by Reuters.

Dec 6, 2014
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Exclusive: Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex-Vatican bank heads

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(An exterior view of the round tower of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) in Vatican City in 2011. REUTERS/Stringer)

The Vatican’s top prosecutor has frozen 16 million euros in bank accounts owned by two former Vatican bank managers and a lawyer as part of an investigation into the sale of Vatican-owned real estate in the 2000s, according to the freezing order and other legal documents.

Dec 4, 2014
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Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros “tucked away” – Cardinal Pell

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(Cardinal George Pell gestures as he talks during a news conference for the presentation of new president of Vatican Bank IOR, at the Vatican July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state’s balance sheets.