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Jul 19, 2013

Pope brings in lay experts to help reform Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has brought in international experts to help him overhaul the Holy See and move on from a series of scandals under his predecessor Benedict XVI.

Urged on by the cardinals who elected him four months ago, Francis set up a commission on Friday to help him reform the Vatican’s administration and finances.

Jul 17, 2013

Pope to shun bullet-proof vehicles during Brazil trip

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will not use bullet-proof popemobiles on his visit to Brazil next week to allow him more direct contact with crowds despite the security risks, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

The Argentine pope, who arrives in Brazil on Monday for his first trip outside Italy, will use the same open-top jeeps he has preferred to use during his general audiences in St. Peter’s Square to enable him to reach out and touch people.

Jul 5, 2013

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII to be made saints: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul II, the globe-trotting pontiff who led the Catholic Church for nearly 27 years, and Pope John XXIII, who called the reforming Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints, the Vatican said on Friday.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul, a Pole who was elected in 1978 as the first non-Italian pope in 450 years and died in 2005. His progression to sainthood is the fastest in modern times.

Jul 4, 2013

Vatican bank told of “clear failings” at meeting -source

VATICAN CITY, July 4 (Reuters) – A preliminary inquiry by
the Vatican bank after the arrest of a Vatican prelate on
suspicion of trying to smuggle huge sums of money into Italy
from Switzerland found “clear failings” at the institution, a
source close to the bank said on Thursday.

The board of the bank, formally known as the Institute for
Works of Religion (IOR), held a meeting on Thursday that also
addressed the shock resignation of its two top managers on
Monday. The meeting had not been made public.

Jul 4, 2013

Arrested Vatican prelate lived lush life in hometown

SALERNO, Italy, July 4 (Reuters) – Even though he was known
to like to live well, police said they were startled when they
entered Monsignor Nunzio Scarano’s apartment after he called
them one night in January to report a burglary.

The apartment, in one of Salerno’s most up-market
neighbourhoods in the city centre, was huge, with art lining the
walls and hallways divided by Roman-style columns.

Jul 1, 2013
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Code words and safe phones: anatomy of a Vatican money smuggling plot

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(Stacks of Euro banknotes in a bank in Bern August 15, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Lauener )

To most people, a book is a book. But to Monsignor Nunizio Scarano, a Vatican official arrested on charges of money smuggling, a “book” was a code word for one million euros in cash, a report by the judge on the case said.

Jul 1, 2013

Top Vatican bank managers resign after Monsignor’s arrest

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Two top managers of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank resigned on Monday following the arrest of a high-ranking cleric with close ties to the financial institution, in the latest of a string of embarrassments for the Holy See.

Director Paolo Cipriani and deputy-director Massimo Tulli stepped down three days after the Vatican was rocked by the arrest of Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who is accused of plotting with two other people to smuggle 20 million euros into Italy from Switzerland.

Jul 1, 2013

Code words and safe phones: anatomy of a money smuggling plot

ROME, July 1 (Reuters) – To most people, a book is a book.
But to Monsignor Nunizio Scarano, a Vatican official arrested on
charges of money smuggling, a “book” was a code word for one
million euros in cash, a report by the judge on the case said.

“Encyclopaedia,” and “bookmarks” were among other code words
that Scarano, who had close connections to the Vatican bank,
used in phone conversations with secret service agent Giovanni
Zito and broker Giovanni Carenzio, it said.

Jun 30, 2013

Arrested Vatican monsignor felt he could act with impunity-judge

VATICAN CITY, June 30 (Reuters) – A senior Catholic cleric
arrested in a plot to smuggle tens of millions of dollars into
Italy controlled vast amounts of money and felt he could act
with impunity because of his connections to the Vatican bank,
according to a judge’s investigative document.

In the latest blow to the Vatican’s image, Monsignor Nunzio
Scarano, 61, was arrested on Friday along with an Italian secret
service agent and a financial broker.

Jun 28, 2013

Senior Vatican cleric arrested in money smuggling case

ROME (Reuters) – A senior Catholic cleric with connections to the Vatican bank was arrested on Friday for plotting to help rich friends smuggle tens of millions of euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland, in the latest blow to the Vatican’s image.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, who worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican’s financial administration, was arrested along with an Italian secret service agent and a financial intermediary in a tale that reads like a spy novel.