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WATCH LIVE: White smoke rises over Vatican to signal election of new pope

White smoke was seen rising over the Vatican on Wednesday, signaling the election of a new pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic Church and spiritual figurehead to 1.2 billion people around the world. After more than an hour of tense speculation in the…

Rome prosecutors link Vatican cleric to 29-year mystery of missing girl

The Vatican is under pressure to help resolve one of the strangest of many enigmas lingering in Italy from the cold war years. For four years, prosecutors in Rome have been making a renewed attempt to get at the truth behind the disappearance in 1983 of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old…

U.S. clergy sex abuse case against Vatican dropped

CHICAGO — A civil lawsuit launched in the United States seeking to tie the Vatican and the Pope to an alleged decades-long cover-up of clergy sex abuse has been dropped, the plaintiff’s lawyer said. The suit was filed in 2010 on behalf of an unnamed victim of an alleged serial…

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