Former Vatican diplomat indicted on child pornography charges

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, June 9 : A Catholic priest who worked as a diplomat at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington was indicted on Saturday on charges of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada. A Vatican statement said an investigation found that Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who was arrested in the […]

Vatican says ‘amoral’ financial system needs infusion of ethics, more regulation

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, May 17 : The Vatican called for more regulation of markets and financial systems on Thursday, saying economic crises showed they were not able to govern themselves and needed a strong injection of morality and ethics. A major document written by two key Holy See departments appeared to take aim […]

Cardinal says Vatican-China deal would put Catholics in communist cage

By Venus Wu HONG KONG, Feb 9 : A senior Catholic cardinal accused the Vatican on Friday of acting “unfaithfully’ in its rapprochement with China, saying it would put the country’s some 12 million faithful in a bird cage controlled by the Communist Party. Addressing a news conference, Hong Kong’s outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen also […]

Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Sept 24 : The Vatican’s first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity. Speaking to reporters from four media organisations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in […]

Sistine Chapel gets full digital treatment for future restorations

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 27 : The last time the entire Sistine Chapel was photographed for posterity, digital photography was in its infancy and words like pixels were bandied about mostly by computer nerds and NASA scientists. Now, after decades of technological advances in art photography, digital darkrooms and printing techniques, a five-year […]

Vatican froze two million euros in suspect funds in 2016

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Feb 18 : Vatican authorities froze more than two million euros in cases of suspected money laundering in 2016 as part of Pope Francis’ drive to clean up the finances of the Holy See, its chief magistrate said today. Gian Pietro Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, made […]