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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.

Oct 22, 2013

Vatican to field cricket team, take on Anglican Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – 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.

The challenge was launched at the baptism of the St. Peter’s Cricket Club.

Oct 15, 2013

Vatican brings in outside firm to investigate financial office

VATICAN CITY, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The Vatican has called in
an outside company to investigate a department that manages its
real estate holdings and financial and stock portfolios
following accusations of corruption.

A committee of cardinals took the decision to look into the
books and activities of the Administration of the Patrimony of
the Apostolic See (APSA) as the Vatican tries to clean up the
image of its bank, the focus of scandals for decades.

Oct 15, 2013

Vatican official blamed for spate of scandals leaves office

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The cardinal widely blamed for failing to prevent a series of ethical and financial scandals during the reign of former Pope Benedict stepped down on Tuesday, ending an era fraught with embarrassments.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78, left his post as secretary of state, the number two in the Vatican hierarchy, and handed over the role of “deputy pope” to Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a 58-year-old career diplomat.

Oct 15, 2013
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‘Luxury bishop’ must take responsibility for crisis – German church head

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(A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst next to Limburg Cathedral (L) in Limburg October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )

A Roman Catholic bishop under fire for spending some 31 million euros (26.2 million pounds) on an ultra-luxurious residence should examine his conscience over the crisis he has caused, the head of Germany’s bishops said on Monday.

Oct 11, 2013

Convicted Nazi war criminal Priebke dies in Rome aged 100

ROME (Reuters) – Erich Priebke, the last survivor of the Nazi military officers convicted over one of Italy’s worst wartime atrocities, died on Friday in Rome at the age of 100, his lawyer said.

Priebke, who never apologized for his role in the killing of 335 civilians in 1944, was serving out a life sentence under house arrest.