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Vatican dismisses speculation about women cardinals as ‘just nonsense’

The Vatican dismissed reports over the weekend that Pope Francis could nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Irish and Irish-American media reported the pope had considered naming both Trinity College Professor Linda Hogan and former Irish President Mary McAleese as cardinals. But a Vatican spokesman on Sunday called those reports…

Weary pope uses mobile platform for first time

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI made use of the same mobile platform used by his long-ailing predecessor John Paul II for the first time on Sunday, with the Vatican saying it was to “ease his tiredness.” The 84-year-old pope used the wheeled platform to make his way from the…

Popemobile ‘to become green machine’: report

BERLIN (AFP) – Mercedes-Benz is making a greener hybrid Popemobile for Benedict XVI, the Wirtschaftswoche weekly paper said Saturday. However a Vatican spokesman denied the paper’s prediction that it should be ready for Benedict’s visit to his native Germany in September. According to the report, the new Popemobile will be…

John Paul II to be beatified May 1

VATICAN CITY — John Paul II is to be beatified on May 1 — a key step on the path to sainthood — the Vatican announced on Friday, after Pope Benedict XVI signed an official decree. The beatification was given the nod by Benedict because of John Paul II’s “imposing…

Vatican fast-tracks pedophile priest probe

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican on Thursday issued new rules on the handling of abuse cases amid a worldwide scandal, ordering quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extending the statute of limitations. Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Church also classified…

Study links Vatican Radio’s waves to cancer risk: report

VATICAN CITY — A court-ordered study has found that electromagnetic waves beamed by Vatican Radio leave residents living near the station’s antennas at a higher risk of cancer, Italian media said Wednesday. “There has been an important, coherent and meaningful correlation between exposure to Vatican Radio’s structures and the risk…

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