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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.

Oct 9, 2013

Vatican moves to clean up finances with transparency law

VATICAN CITY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The Vatican said on
Wednesday it passed a law to make its public finances fully
transparent, responding to demands for change from the
international community after decades of scandal.

Pope Francis, whose reform-heavy agenda has shaken up the
Church since his election in March, has made cleaning up the
Vatican’s financial reputation one of the main goals of his
pontificate.

Oct 4, 2013

Pope, in Assisi, calls on Church to shun vanity

ASSISI, Italy (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church, from the lowliest priest to the pontiff himself, must strip itself of all “vanity, arrogance and pride” and humbly serve the poorest members of society, Pope Francis said on Friday.

The pope’s appeal, made in the central Italian hill town of Assisi where his namesake Saint Francis lived in the 12th century, comes amid a drive by Francis to turn around a Church plagued by financial and sexual abuse scandals.

Oct 3, 2013

Vatican administration needs total overhaul, cardinals tell pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinals advising Pope Francis on how to reform the Vatican believe the Holy See’s central government is so problem-ridden that only a total overhaul can fix it, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The unusually stark acknowledgement came on the third and final day of closed-door meetings between the pope and eight cardinals from around the world who are discussing the Vatican’s troubled administration and mapping out possible changes in the worldwide Church.

Oct 1, 2013

As reform talks start, Pope vows to change Vatican mentality

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis began landmark meetings on Tuesday to reform the Vatican, promising to do all he could to change the mentality of an institution he said was too focused on its own interests.

Francis and eight cardinals from around the world are holding three days of closed-door meetings to discuss the Vatican’s troubled administration and to map out possible changes in the worldwide Church.

Oct 1, 2013

In move to transparency, Vatican bank issues first report

VATICAN CITY, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank, dogged for
decades by scandals and opaque dealings, published the first
annual report in its 125-year history on Tuesday.

The report covered 2012, a tumultuous year that saw its
former president ousted in a boardroom battle and leaks of
documents on internal disagreements on how it should be run.

Oct 1, 2013

Pope, in new interview, vows to change Vatican mentality

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has promised to do everything in his power to change the Vatican’s mentality, saying in an interview published on Tuesday that it was too focused on its own interests.

He also revealed that he had briefly considered not accepting his election as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years when his fellow cardinals chose him in March.

Sep 30, 2013

Exclusive: Vatican Bank likely to close embassy accounts after Iran, Iraq red flags

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican bank is likely to close all accounts held by foreign embassies, following concerns about large cash deposits and withdrawals by the missions of Iran, Iraq and Indonesia, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The Vatican’s financial watchdog, which examined the transactions in 2011, believed the embassies’ justifications for the transactions were too vague or disproportionate to the amounts — up to 500,000 euros at a time — these people said. In one case, a large cash withdrawal was said to be for “refurbishment”, one person added.

Sep 30, 2013

Vatican Bank likely to close embassy accounts after Iran, Iraq red flags

VATICAN CITY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank is likely
to close all accounts held by foreign embassies, following
concerns about large cash deposits and withdrawals by the
missions of Iran, Iraq and Indonesia, according to people with
knowledge of the situation.

The Vatican’s financial watchdog, which examined the
transactions in 2011, believed the embassies’ justifications for
the transactions were too vague or disproportionate to the
amounts — up to 500,000 euros at a time — these people
said. In one case, a large cash withdrawal was said to be for
“refurbishment”, one person added.

Sep 30, 2013

Cardinals to begin reform summit with pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Eight cardinals will begin closed-door meetings with Pope Francis on Tuesday to help him reform the Vatican’s troubled administration and map out possible changes in the worldwide Church.

Francis, who has brought a new style of openness, simplicity and a conciliatory tone to the papacy, wants to consult more with Church officials around the world before making decisions affecting the life of the 1.2-billion-member Church.