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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”