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Nov 20, 2013

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to debate on women priests

ROME, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Proponents of a female priesthood
say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove
there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says
such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.

The catacombs, on Rome’s Via Salaria, have been fully
reopened after a five-year project that included laser
technology to clean some of the ancient frescoes and a new
museum to house restored marble fragments of sarcophagi.

Nov 18, 2013

Vatican puts third department under outside financial scrutiny

VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Vatican has hired an
international accounting firm to scrutinise the department at
the centre of corruption allegations that surfaced in last
year’s “Vatileaks” scandal.

Ernst and Young will look at the “Governatorato,” which runs
the day-to-day activities of Vatican City, including its
lucrative museums, the Holy See said in a statement.

Nov 7, 2013
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Pope Francis meeting with Putin could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

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(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)

Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Nov 7, 2013

Pope meeting Putin, could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian-Vatican relations have been fraught since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, with Moscow accusing the Roman Catholic Church of trying to poach believers from the Russian Orthodox Church, a charge the Vatican denies.

Nov 5, 2013

Global survey on family, gays, won’t change doctrine -Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Catholics should not expect quick changes in Church rules against divorce, contraception and gay marriage even if most of them express dissenting views in a global survey, Vatican officials said on Tuesday.

The Vatican has sent a 39-question survey to dioceses around the world before an extraordinary meeting of bishops, known as a synod, on the theme of the family, scheduled for October 2014.

Nov 4, 2013

Human trafficking is crime against humanity:Vatican group

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Human trafficking is a crime against humanity that should be recognized as such and punished by international or regional courts, a Vatican study group said on Monday.

Nearly 30 million people live in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor, according to a global slavery index issued last month by the Walk Free Foundation charity.

Oct 23, 2013
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Pope Francis banishes Germany’s ‘bishop de luxe’ from Limburg diocese

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(Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, August 20, 2012/Christliches Medienmagazin pro)

Pope Francis banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese on Wednesday for spending 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.

Oct 23, 2013

Pope banishes Germany’s ‘luxury bishop’ from diocese

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese on Wednesday for spending 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.

But the pontiff stopped short of dismissing him outright, a step which many German Catholics and the media had called for.

Oct 23, 2013

Pope banishes Germany’s “luxury bishop” from his diocese

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” for spending 31 million euros of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.

In a highly unusual move, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg was ordered to leave his diocese while an investigation and audit into cost over-runs is held.

Oct 22, 2013
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Vatican aims to defeat the Church of England — on the cricket pitch

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(England’s Graham Onions (4th R) celebrates after dismissing South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (near lower stumps) during the third cricket test match at Newlands in Cape Town, January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Philip Brown)

The Vatican officially declared its intention to defeat the Church of England on Tuesday – not in a theological re-match nearly 500 years after they split, but on the cricket pitch.