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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.