VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The former butler of Pope Benedict convicted of stealing papal documents had not allowed technicians to check his computer for the last six years, a court trying a second suspect in the Vatican leaks scandal heard on Monday.
The detail was made public at the first hearing in the trial of Claudio Sciarpelletti, a computer expert who is charged with aiding and abetting Paolo Gabriele, the former butler.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican computer expert goes before a court on Monday in a trial that could shed light on whether Pope Benedict’s former butler acted alone in leaking sensitive documents or was a pawn in a bigger power struggle.
Claudio Sciarpelletti is accused of aiding and abetting the butler, Paolo Gabriele, who in October was sentenced to 18 months in jail for aggravated theft.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes turned 500 on Wednesday with the Vatican warning it may eventually limit visitors to protect one of the wonders of Western civilisation.
VATICAN CITY, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Michelangelo’s Sistine
Chapel ceiling frescoes turned 500 on Wednesday with the Vatican
warning it may eventually limit visitors to protect one of the
wonders of Western civilisation.
On October 31, 1512, only 20 years after the discovery of
America, Pope Julius II said an evening vespers service to
inaugurate the room where Michelangelo toiled for four years,
much of it on his back, to finish his ceiling frescoes.
ROME (Reuters) – Italy passed an anti-corruption law on Tuesday, the latest move by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti to shed the country’s image tarnished by former leader Silvio Berlusconi.
Monti, who took office last November to replace the scandal-plagued Berlusconi, made approval of the law a confidence motion in his administration in order to speed its passage through both houses of parliament.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – If anyone thinks the Vatican newspaper is still a staid broadsheet that publishes only religious news and harsh papal edicts, consider this: On Tuesday it ran not one but five articles about the new James Bond film.
“Skyfall” gets a rave review in l’Osservatore Romano, which calls it one of the best of the 23 James Bond films made over the past 50 years.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, closing a gathering of bishops who discussed how to win back lapsed and lukewarm Catholics, on Sunday said the Church had to develop new ways of reaching out to those who had drifted from the faith.
Benedict, 85, said a solemn Mass in St Peter’s Basilica to close the three-week synod of some 260 bishops from around the world on the theme of the “New Evangelisation,” or how to stem the haemorrhaging of the faithful.
ROME (Reuters) – Former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s threat to bring down Italy’s government underscores deep divisions in his center-right party ahead of next year’s elections and risks rattling markets which see Prime Minister Monti as Italy’s saviour.
Berlusconi made the unexpected threat on Saturday, still fuming from his conviction 24 hours earlier on charges of tax fraud and a jail sentence of four years which he will not have to serve until all appeals are exhausted.
ROME (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday his centre-right bloc may withdraw its support from the government of Mario Monti, a move that could throw Italy into political chaos ahead of next April’s national elections.
“We have to recognise the fact that the initiative of this government is a continuation of a spiral of recession for our economy,” Berlusconi told a news conference in northern Italy a day after he was convicted and sentenced to four years for tax fraud related to his Mediaset media empire.
ROME (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appeared to have done an about-face on Saturday, vowing to stay in front-line Italian politics after a Milan court sentenced him to four years in jail for tax fraud related to his media empire.
Berlusconi’s surprise decision to remain in politics comes just three days after the four-time prime minister said he would not seek the premiership again.