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UN anti-torture watchdog grills the Vatican over child sex abuse by priests

A UN anti-torture watchdog on Monday began a two-day grilling of the Vatican over its efforts to stamp out child sex abuse by priests. The hearing is the Vatican’s first since 2002, when it signed up to an international convention banning torture as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.…

Vatican panel will, ‘in time,’ propose ‘best practices’ to stop sexual abuse

Vatican panel to develop ‘best practices’ to curb sex abuse (via AFP) A Vatican panel said Saturday it would develop “best practices” for Catholic parishes to combat child sex abuse by priests as campaigners demanded that the Church discipline “bad bishops” who cover up for their subordinates. “In time, we…

Vatican makes history with canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

Catholics from around the world gathered in the Vatican on Sunday for a mass presided by Pope Francis to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII -- two influential popes who helped shape 20th century history. Thousands thronged St Peter's Square……

Pope Francis as superman: Vatican tweets graffiti of hero pontiff

Pope Francis as superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him: the image graffitied by an anonymous artist onto a wall in Rome was tweeted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Speeding forwards with his fist raised, the heroic pontiff — crucifix swinging in the wind…

Valentine’s Day in the Vatican? Pope invites couples to new event

Looking for that special place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Pope Francis on Tuesday set a date for engaged heterosexual couples at a special general audience with him in the Vatican on February 14. “The Joy of Yes Forever” read a Vatican note announcing the unusual initiative, which was…

Vatican and Oxford University publish trove of ancient bibles online

A treasure trove of ancient bibles and rare Greek and Hebrew texts are being made available to the public through a website set up by the Vatican and Oxford University. A priceless 1455 copy of the Gutenberg Bible — the first major book to be printed with movable type in…

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…

Vatican recalls papal medal after Jesus’ name misspelled

A major misspelling has prompted the Vatican to recall a medal it commissioned to commemorate the pontification of Pope Francis. The medal, which was produced by the Italian State Mint, featured a Latin inscription of a quotation that moved the future pope to the priesthood. However, the medal had already…

Millions of Catholics have been waiting for a pope who talks like Francis

This is going to be an interesting week for Pope Francis. His “countercuria” – a group of eight cardinals from around the world, selected partly for their known hostility to the way the Vatican has been run – is meeting for the first time. Already he has announced that they…

Pope Francis to meet cardinals for historic talks on church reforms

The eight cardinals picked by Pope Francis to advise him on reform of the Roman curia and the governance of the Catholic church are preparing to meet the pontiff for the first time on Tuesday, in an unprecedented three-day meeting likened to a “papal G8″. In a move already billed…

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