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Pope Francis approves legal framework for Vatican financial reform

1 hour agoReligion : FaithWorld

Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

In Vatican finance reform rules, pope cements power for Cardinal Pell

14 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Pope Francis has taken action that appears to confirm his faith in the controversial head of a task force he created to clean up the Vatican's finances.

Vatican names new bishop for San Diego diocese

An auxiliary bishop in the Roman Catholic archdiocese in San Francisco will become the bishop of the San Diego diocese, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

22 hours agoReligion : FaithWorld

A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.

Vatican: ISIS Threat to Francis 'Exists'

The Vatican knows of "no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father," but in the wake of ISIS' latest round of sabre-rattling, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says that he's taking it seriously. "The threat exists," Domenico Giani tells an Italian magazine in an interview...

Francis backs Pell’s reforms: centuries of expense-fiddling at the Vatican are brought to an end

Phew! I was worried that the smear campaign against Cardinal George Pell mounted by the pigs at the Vatican trough would persuade Pope Francis to water down Pell’s plan to… Continue reading The post Francis backs Pell’s reforms: centuries of expense-fiddling at the Vatican are brought to an end appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hitler's Pope or Vatican's Schindler? New Film Accused of Rewriting History

A new film about Pope Pius XII has been accused of presenting a "false interpretation of history" with claims the Italian pontiff saved 800,000 Jews from the Nazis in World War Two.

The Secret City

The Vatican Palace has been one of Rome’s great tourist attractions since the 18 th century, when the popes opened up their private art collections to connoisseurs on the Grand Tour. Even the Marquis de Sade couldn’t resist. Sade,...Show More Summary

The Secret City

Once I had my tessera, or reader’s card, for the library, the Swiss Guards would wave me through the main gate whenever I arrived at Vatican City and even give me a knowing little salute. I could come and go as I pleased during business hours—and once inside the gates, nobody seemed to care where I wandered. Show More Summary

Kid Antoine attempts to justify his club royalty with debut EP Proximity, out on Her Records this month

Jesus, make some room, Vatican Shadow. You’re no longer the only electronic artist choosing to use war and militarism as inspirations for your music, even if the Copenhagen-based “Club Prince” Kid Antoine does seem to be doing so with less of a ferocious reaction. Show More Summary

Vatican Confirms ISIS' Threat on Pope Francis' Life; Pontiff Condemns 'Intolerable Brutality' of Jihadists

The inspector general of the Vatican's police force has confirmed that terror group ISIS has threatened Pope Francis, but said he's not aware of any specific plans to carry out an attack. Francis has, meanwhile, condemned the "intolerable brutality" of the militants.

The Secret City

What possessed the Vatican to call its most contentious reservoir of documents the “Secret Archives”? Don’t they realize that, to inquisitive outsiders, the name is like a red flag to a bull? Dr. Marco Grilli, the secretary to the prefecture of the archives, tried in vain to clarify: “The word secret is misleading,” he said. Show More Summary

The Secret City

Rumors that the Vatican is filled with perverse artworks are as old as the palace itself. Most of the stories are fabrications. But one is not: In 1516, the Renaissance master Raphael decorated a bathroom within the Papal Apartments with erotic frescos. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Leads Thousands In Prayer At The Vatican For Christians Kidnapped By ISIS

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapped or are victims of other "intolerable brutality" in Syria and Iraq. The pope on Sunday...Show More Summary

Vatican's Finance Czar Cardinal George Pell Defends Spending By His Office

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months. Australian Cardinal George Pell's office has...Show More Summary

We all knew the hit job on Cardinal Pell was coming. That’s because he’s doing his job

Ever since Cardinal George Pell was appointed by Pope Francis to clean up the Vatican’s finances, I knew a hit job was coming; and I was doubly certain when he… Continue reading The post We all knew the hit job on Cardinal Pell was coming. That’s because he’s doing his job appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The craziest financial schemes that the Vatican Bank tried to cover up

From running on donations to becoming an international holding company, the Catholic Church's financial past is littered with secrets. So much that author Gerald Posner wrote hundreds of pages chronicling the institution's financialShow More Summary

Pope Francis' Finance Czar Cardinal George Pell Comes Under Intense Scrutiny Over Spending

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances. Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. Show More Summary

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