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Pope Elevates 6 Non-European Cardinals

Posted November 24th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has formally appointed six new cardinals from around the world to serve in an elite group of prelates who will one day select a new pontiff. The six newest members of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals come from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States. During Saturday’s ceremony — called […]

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Vatican Court Convicts Programmer in Leaks Scandal

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vatican court has convicted a computer programmer employed by the Holy See of helping the former papal butler create a series of information leaks that embarrassed Pope Benedict. The court on Saturday then handed 48-year-old programmer Claudio Sciarpelletti a suspended sentence of two months in prison and five years’ probation. The three-judge panel convicted […]

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Vatican Considers Limiting Sistine Chapel to Visitors

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican says it may consider limiting the number of visitors to its Sistine Chapel to prevent further damage to Michelangelo’s famed frescoes. Museum Director Antonio Paolucci says the paintings — which include the famed scene where God gives life to Adam — are being damaged by the breath, sweat and heat from the nearly […]

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Pope Names 6 Non-European Cardinals

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has named six new cardinals from around the world to serve in an elite group of prelates who will one day select a new pope. The six newest members of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals hail from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. The Roman Catholic Church leader announced […]

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Pope Names 6 Non-European Cardinals

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has named six new cardinals from around the world to serve in an elite group of prelates who will one day select a new pope. The six newest members of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals hail from the United States, Lebanon, India, Nigeria, Colombia and the Philippines. The Roman Catholic Church leader announced […]

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Pope Benedict Canonizes 7 New Saints

Posted October 21st, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict the 16th named seven new saints Sunday morning in an elaborate ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Two of them are Americans, Kateri Tekakwitha a 17th century Native American known as “Lily of the Mohawks”, and Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan nun who cared for lepers in Hawaii. The […]

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Pope’s Butler to Stand Trial for Theft

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vatican judge has ordered Pope Benedict’s former butler to stand trial on charges of aggravated theft for allegedly leaking secret documents to Italian journalists. The prosecutor said Monday Paolo Gabriele, acted out of a desire to combat “evil and corruption everywhere in the Church” and wanted to help root it out “because the pope […]

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Pope Meets With Cardinals On Scandal Probe

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with three retired cardinals who are carrying out a probe into a leaked-documents scandal that revealed a power struggle in the highest levels of the church hierarchy. The closed-door meeting with Spaniard Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko of Slovakia and Italian Salvatore De Giorgi was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. No other information […]

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Vatican Spokesman: Pope Pained by Deepening Scandal

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict is pained by a deepening scandal involving leaked papal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church. Federico Lombardi also reiterated his denial that any cardinals are being investigated in the case, although Italian media reports have singled out an unnamed […]

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Vatican Denies Cardinal Involved in Church Scandal

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican is denying reports that an unnamed cardinal is involved in a deepening scandal over leaked papal documents that shed light on power struggles inside the highest levels of the Catholic church. Vatican Spokesman Federico Lombardi denied Italian media reports Monday, saying no cardinal, Italian or otherwise, is being investigated as part of the […]

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