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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.

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.