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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.

Oct 15, 2013

Vatican official blamed for spate of scandals leaves office

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.

Oct 15, 2013
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‘Luxury bishop’ must take responsibility for crisis – German church head

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(A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst next to Limburg Cathedral (L) in Limburg October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach )

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.

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.