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Vatican Confirms Arrest of Pope’s Butler in Leaks Scandal

Posted May 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict’s butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents and letters from the pontiff’s private quarters. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele was arrested Wednesday after secret documents were found in his Vatican City home. Gabriele had been the pope’s personal butler since 2006, one […]

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Vatican Orders Overhaul of US Nun Group

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Vatican has ordered an overhaul of the largest U.S. nun group, accusing it of taking feminist and liberal stances incompatible with the Catholic Church. In a recent assessment, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the position of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on issues such as homosexuality and euthanasia […]

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Reports: Vietnam Blocks Visit by Vatican Delegation

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam is reported to have blocked a Vatican delegation from visiting the Southeast Asian nation. Both the Catholic press service AsiaNews and the French news agency said Monday the Hanoi government revoked the visas of a delegation of the Vatican Commission, which was due in Vietnam last week to speak to people who knew the […]

Pope Installs New Princes of the Catholic Church

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An increasingly frail Pope Benedict is leaving his mark on the Catholic Church, installing 22 new cardinals in a ceremony at the Vatican Saturday. Attendants wheeled the 84 year-old pope into St. Peter’s Basilica on a special platform for the ceremony, known as a consistory. The pope then kneeled in prayer before addressing the audience, […]

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Pope Installs New Princes of the Catholic Church

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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An increasingly frail Pope Benedict is leaving his mark on the Catholic Church, installing 22 new cardinals in a ceremony at the Vatican Saturday. Attendants wheeled the 84 year-old pope into St. Peter’s Basilica on a special platform for the ceremony, known as a consistory. The pope then kneeled in prayer before addressing the audience, […]

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Pope Discusses Catholic Church With Cardinals

Posted February 17th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with top Roman Catholic clergy to discuss how to strengthen the church in view of growing secularism in the Western world. The German-born pontiff held closed-door consultations Friday with 133 prelates, including most of the 22 bishops who will be officially elevated to the status of cardinal in a ceremony Saturday. […]

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Asia Next for Catholic Sex-Abuse Disclosures?

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic leaders meeting at the Vatican are being advised to expect further disclosure of incidents of child abuse by priests in Asia. The archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle, is one of many senior Catholic clerics from around the world attending a meeting this week on the child-abuse issue. Their discussions centered on how […]

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Bishop Warns Asia Could be Next in Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Top Catholic Church officials are being warned Asia could be next in the growing child sex abuse scandal. Manila’s archbishop, Monsignor Luis Antonio Tagle, told fellow bishops and other Catholic officials Thursday that a growing number of victims have come forward in recent years in the Philippines. He also said there are likely many more […]

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Vatican Prosecutor Denounces ‘Deadly Culture of Silence’

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A top Vatican official is blasting bishops for their “deadly culture of silence” in dealing with the church’s child sex abuse scandal. Monsignor Charles Scicluna spoke Wednesday at a closed-door, church sponsored symposium in Vatican City designed to help the church learn from the crisis that has shaken the faith of many followers. Scicluna told […]

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Catholic Bishops Told Stop Listening to Accused Priests

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic leaders are being told the time has come to eliminate church sanctioned safe-havens for clergy accused of sexually abusing children. Psychologists and a victim of a pedophile priest spoke Tuesday at a closed-door, church sponsored symposium calling on the Catholic Church to listen to victims instead of its own priests. Monsignor Stephen Rossetti […]

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