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 […]

Pope to visit Ireland, possibly Northern Ireland

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Nov 28 : Pope Francis will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years, the country’s prime minister said today, amid signs he could also become the first Roman Catholic pope to visit Northern Ireland. The Argentine-born pontiff confirmed the visit in 2018 to Prime Minister Enda […]

Pope names new group of cardinals, adding to potential successors

By Philip Pullella Vatican City, Oct 9 : Pope Francis today promoted 17 Roman Catholic prelates from around the world to the high rank of cardinal, including 13 who are under 80 years old and thus eligible to succeed him one day. Cardinals, who wear red hats and are known as “princes of the Church,” […]