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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”.

May 31, 2013

New Vatican bank head vows zero tolerance with suspect accounts

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican bank is checking the account of every client including Holy See employees, its new chief said, in a campaign to root out any money-laundering at an institution prone to scandals for decades.

Ernst von Freyberg’s predecessor was dismissed for poor management, and the Vatican’s financial watchdog said last week it was investigating six possible attempts to use the Holy See to launder money in 2012.

May 29, 2013
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Italian professor says has found world’s oldest complete Torah in Bologna

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(A scroll identified by Italian professor Mauro Perani as the world’s oldest complete scroll of the Torah is seen in Bologna, Italy,  May 29, 2013.
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An Italian professor said on Wednesday he has identified what he believes is the world’s oldest complete scroll of the Torah, containing the full text of the first five books of Hebrew scripture.

May 29, 2013

Italy professor says has found world’s oldest complete Torah

ROME (Reuters) – An Italian professor said on Wednesday he has identified what he believes is the world’s oldest complete scroll of the Torah, containing the full text of the first five books of Hebrew scripture.

Mauro Perani, professor of Hebrew at the University of Bologna, said experts and carbon dating tests done in Italy and the United States dated the scroll as having been made between 1155 and 1225.

May 28, 2013

Bernardo Bertolucci says TV shows better than Hollywood now

ROME, May 28 (Reuters) – When he was 12, Bernardo Bertolucci
looked in a mirror and imagined himself as John Wayne. Now, at
73, he is confined to a wheelchair but is still a towering
figure of Italian cinema.

Today, the Oscar-winning director is disappointed with the
Hollywood that once inspired him and prefers television series
such as “Mad Men”, saying they are better casted and better
directed than big screen productions.

May 23, 2013

Pope, Salvador president, discuss beatification of slain archbishop

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The president of El Salvador met Pope Francis on Thursday to urge his fellow Latin American to put Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980, on the road to Roman Catholic sainthood.

The sainthood process for Romero was effectively stalled under former popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI because they saw him as too close to Liberation Theology, a radical movement which emphasized helping the poor and opposing injustice.

May 22, 2013

Vatican financial body investigating possible money laundering

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s new financial watchdog said on Wednesday it had detected six possible attempts to use the Holy See to launder money last year, citing this as proof of its commitment to transparency.

The head of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), presenting its first annual report, also said it would soon have stronger supervisory powers over the Vatican’s scandal-plagued bank, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), dubbed the world’s most secretive bank by Forbes magazine.