VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has made significant progress in financial reforms but still risks being used for money laundering unless it strengthens controls, a European watchdog said on Thursday.
The 30-page report by Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, is expected to add impetus to Pope Francis’s efforts to clean up the Vatican’s finances after decades of scandal.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A European committee evaluating the Vatican’s financial reforms said the Holy See had made significant progress but needed more internal controls over its bank and another key financial office, sources familiar with the report said on Monday.
The plenary of Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, adopted a progress report on the Vatican following a July, 2012 initial evaluation that made recommendations on how the Holy See could clean up its murky finances. Moneyval will issue its report on Thursday.
Proponents of a female priesthood say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.
ROME, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Proponents of a female priesthood
say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove
there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says
such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.
The catacombs, on Rome’s Via Salaria, have been fully
reopened after a five-year project that included laser
technology to clean some of the ancient frescoes and a new
museum to house restored marble fragments of sarcophagi.
VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Vatican has hired an
international accounting firm to scrutinise the department at
the centre of corruption allegations that surfaced in last
year’s “Vatileaks” scandal.
Ernst and Young will look at the “Governatorato,” which runs
the day-to-day activities of Vatican City, including its
lucrative museums, the Holy See said in a statement.
Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Russian-Vatican relations have been fraught since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, with Moscow accusing the Roman Catholic Church of trying to poach believers from the Russian Orthodox Church, a charge the Vatican denies.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Catholics should not expect quick changes in Church rules against divorce, contraception and gay marriage even if most of them express dissenting views in a global survey, Vatican officials said on Tuesday.
The Vatican has sent a 39-question survey to dioceses around the world before an extraordinary meeting of bishops, known as a synod, on the theme of the family, scheduled for October 2014.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Human trafficking is a crime against humanity that should be recognized as such and punished by international or regional courts, a Vatican study group said on Monday.
Nearly 30 million people live in slavery across the globe, many of them men, women and children trafficked by gangs for sex work and unskilled labor, according to a global slavery index issued last month by the Walk Free Foundation charity.
Pope Francis banished a German Roman Catholic prelate known as the “luxury bishop” from his diocese on Wednesday for spending 31 million euros ($43 million) of Church funds on his residence at a time when the pontiff is stressing austerity.