Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter's Basilica

World / Crime & Legal Jun 30, 2020

Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter's Basilica

Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregularities in the Holy See. The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis also named a special commissioner to run the ...

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

Asia Pacific May 26, 2020

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

Dozens of Australian journalists and news organizations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order barring coverage of Cardinal George Pell's sex crimes case, a judge said Tuesday. Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group, now owned by broadcaster ...

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

World Mar 2, 2020

Vatican opens archive on pope's silence during Holocaust

Historians will begin combing the archives Monday, hoping to glean why Pius XII stayed silent during the Nazi extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. More than 200 researchers have applied for permission to settle in one of the small studies of the Vatican Apostolic Archives ...

Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

World / Politics Jan 16, 2020

Pope names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican's diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly created post in a division known as the ...

'Don't bite!' quips pope as he kisses nun

World Jan 9, 2020

'Don't bite!' quips pope as he kisses nun

Pope Francis warned a nun not to bite him Wednesday in a joking reference to his run-in with an overly zealous pilgrim last week that saw him slap the woman's hand. "I'll give you a kiss, but you must stay calm. Don't bite!" he told ...

National / Crime & Legal Nov 22, 2019

Catholic priest in Nagasaki accused of sexual harassment

A woman in Nagasaki Prefecture has lodged a complaint with the police saying she was sexually harassed by a Catholic priest, it was learned Friday. The Archdiocese of Nagasaki suspended the priest but did not disclose the event to its followers, informed sources said. The archdiocese, ...