VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict’s former butler who was convicted this month of stealing papal documents and leaking them to the media, is being moved from house arrest to a jail cell, the Vatican said on Thursday.
The Vatican has no jail as such but has cells in the police station inside the tiny city state.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict named six new cardinals on Wednesday, including two from countries with large Muslim populations, to put his stamp on the future of the Catholic Church.
All six are under 80 years old and thus eligible under Church law to enter a conclave that will one day choose Benedict’s successor. Members of the ultra-elite group are known as “cardinal electors”.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Whether they rode in litters carried by men in livery, in ornate horse-drawn carriages, or later in cars, popes have always travelled in style.
Papal vehicles from 1825 to the present day are now on display at a new, updated exhibition at the Vatican Museums that spans nearly two centuries of papal travel.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics on Thursday to rediscover their faith but acknowledged there are “bad fish” in the Church itself.
The pope made his comments at two large events before thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a far-reaching event in the Church’s 2,000-year history.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict’s former butler who leaked sensitive Vatican documents, believes his sentence of 18 months under house arrest is fair and will not appeal it, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Cristiana Arru told Reuters that Gabriele wanted the sentence, handed down last Saturday when he was convicted of aggravated theft, to stand because he thought it was reasonable.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict urged lapsed and lukewarm Roman Catholics on Thursday to rediscover their Church and stop the advance of “spiritual desertification”.
The pope made his comments in the homily of a Mass before tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a far-reaching event in the Church’s 2,000-year history.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Arabic made its debut as one of the official languages at Pope Benedict’s weekly general audiences on Wednesday as part of a Vatican attempt to reach out more to Christians and Muslims in the Middle East.
The Vatican is concerned about the exodus from the Middle East of Christians, many of whom leave because they fear for their safety. Christians now comprise five percent of the population of the region, down from 20 percent a century ago.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The swift conviction of Pope Benedict’s former butler leaves lingering suspicions that he was a pawn in a much larger Vatican intrigue involving infighting in the papal court and alleged corruption at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church.
Despite the Vatican’s desire to quickly turn the page on one of the worst scandals in its recent history, the trial of Paolo Gabriele for leaking sensitive documents has left many questions unanswered, leading some to call it a whitewash.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican court convicted Pope Benedict’s former butler of stealing sensitive documents and sentenced him to 18 months in prison on Saturday, at the end of one of the most sensational trials in the recent history of the Holy See.
A Vatican spokesman said the pope, who reigns as a supreme monarch in the world’s smallest city-state, would “most likely” pardon Paolo Gabriele, which would mean he would not have to serve his sentence.
VATICAN CITY, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A trial that has thrown open
the window on a betrayal of trust and sensitive secrets in the
Vatican will come to a head on Saturday with final arguments
before judges deliver their verdict on Pope Benedict’s former
The so-called “Vatileaks” trial, which began last Saturday,
is due to wind up after only four hearings when the prosecution
and defence make closing arguments on Saturday morning.