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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.

Jun 28, 2013

Senior Vatican cleric arrested in corruption investigation

ROME (Reuters) – A senior Vatican cleric suspected of trying to help rich friends bring millions of euros into Italy illegally was arrested on Friday as part of an investigation into the Vatican bank, police sources and his lawyer said.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, 61, worked as a senior accountant in the Vatican’s financial administration and is already involved in another investigation by magistrates in southern Italy.

Jun 26, 2013

In bold move, Pope names commission to review Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday set up a special commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank, his boldest move yet to get to grips with an institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

The high-powered, five-member panel, which includes four prelates and a woman Harvard law professor, will report directly to him, bypassing the Vatican bureaucracy that itself has sometimes been tainted by allegations of scandal and corruption.

Jun 25, 2013
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Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint

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(Pope Pius XII, the wartime pontiff, appears in an undated file photo from the archives of Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano.  REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.

Jun 24, 2013
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Vatican contests charges against WWII Italian official praised for saving Jews

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(A street named in honour of Giovanni Palatucci in Caggiano, Italy, 23 Oct 2006/Viaggiatore)

The Vatican newspaper said on Saturday a decision by scholars to brand a wartime Italian previously praised for saving Jews as a Nazi collaborator was part of an attempt to smear the Catholic Church during the papacy of Pope Pius XII.

Jun 24, 2013
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Pope Francis ‘snub’ of concert stuns cardinals and sends them a signal

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(An empty papal throne is pictured as Archbishop Rino Fisichella (standing at right) reads a message from Pope Francis before a RAI National Symphony Orchestra concert in Paul VI hall at the Vatican June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.

Jun 24, 2013

Pope ‘snub’ of concert stuns cardinals, sends signal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A last-minute no-show by Pope Francis at a concert where he was to have been the guest of honor has sent another clear signal that he is going to do things his way and does not like the Vatican high life.

The gala classical concert on Saturday was scheduled before his election in March. But the white papal armchair set up in the presumption that he would be there remained empty.

Jun 13, 2013

New Vatican bank head says mission is total transparency

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Don’t even think of calling Ernst von Freyberg, the president of the Vatican bank, God’s New Banker.

“I don’t appreciate incorrect and silly descriptions,” he said with a smile in his Vatican office, shrugging off a nickname that some have given him since he assumed his post four months ago.

Jun 12, 2013
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Pope Francis laments ‘gay lobby’ and corruption in Vatican – report

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(Pope Francis adjusts his skullcap as he leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile )

Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby” and a “stream of corruption” in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican.

Jun 12, 2013

Pope laments ‘gay lobby,’ corruption in Vatican: report

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby” and a “stream of corruption” in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican.

The pope made the remarks last week in Spanish during a private meeting with representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious (CLAR), according to the Chilean Catholic website “Reflection and Liberation”.