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Jun 5, 2015

Pope appoints first auditor-general in latest transparency move

VATICAN CITY, June 5 (Reuters) – The Vatican appointed its
first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move
aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances
at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

A statement said the pope, who has made cleaning up finances
a major plank of his papacy, had chosen Libero Milone, a
66-year-old Italian who is a former chairman and CEO of the
global auditing firm Deloitte in Italy.

Jun 2, 2015

Vatican abuse commission keeps distance in row over Australian cardinal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican commission on sex abuse distanced itself on Tuesday from criticisms lodged by one of its members against an Australian cardinal but urged Church leaders to move swiftly to achieve justice for victims.

Commission member Peter Saunders of Britain said two days ago on Australian television that Cardinal George Pell should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children years ago.

Jun 2, 2015
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Vatican defends Australian cardinal against charges of disregard of sexual abuse


(Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican on Monday strongly defended Australian Cardinal George Pell against accusations by a member of Pope Francis’ commission on sexual abuse that the Vatican’s finance chief had little regard for victims.

May 29, 2015
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Financial regulator says Vatican bank needs more reform


(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican State , December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican bank has made good progress in transparency but needs more changes to consolidate anti-money laundering reforms, the Holy See’s financial regulator said on Friday.

May 11, 2015
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Raul Castro meets Pope Francis, says he might return to Catholic Church


(Pope Francis (R) meets Cuban President Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican May 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Gregorio Borgia)

Cuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis on Sunday for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.

May 10, 2015

Raul Castro meets pope before pontiff’s Cuban, U.S. trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, who helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba, held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Sunday ahead of the pontiff’s trip to both countries in September.

The brother of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel spoke with the pope for nearly an hour – unusually long for a papal meeting – during a visit the Vatican said was strictly private and not a state visit.

May 7, 2015

Rome airport gradually reopens after terminal fire

ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was gradually reopening on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building and forced the cancellation of dozens of flights, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, was shut down when the blaze started in Terminal 3 just after midnight (2200 GMT).

May 7, 2015

Rome airport closed after terminal fire, no serious injuries

ROME (Reuters) – Rome’s main Fiumicino airport was closed on Thursday after a fire badly damaged the main international terminal building but nobody was seriously hurt in the blaze, officials said.

The airport, Italy’s busiest with 39 million passengers in 2014, will remain closed until 2 p.m. (1200 GMT), they said.

May 6, 2015

Watch what you say about us, Rolex warns Italy’s prime minister

ROME, May 6 (Reuters) – Luxury watchmaker Rolex demanded an
apology on Wednesday from Italy’s prime minister and interior
minister for saying that violent demonstrators who devastated
parts of Milan last week were “rich, spoiled brats with

The company took out full-page advertisements in major
national newspapers to contest comments both politicians made
after police fired tear gas at protesters who threw stones and
petrol bombs and broke shop windows.

Apr 29, 2015

Italy’s Renzi faces string of confidence votes on electoral reform

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday faces the first of three confidence votes to ram through a fiercely contested electoral reform law that has left his party lacerated and raised the specter of early elections.

“If this does not pass, the government resigns,” Renzi said in a letter published in Wednesday’s La Stampa newspaper. “If anyone wants a premier who postpones things, I am not the right person. If they want a procrastinator, they should choose someone else.”