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In big shift, Pope names six women to Vatican financial oversight body

06 Aug 2020

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has appointed six women, including the former treasurer for Britain's Prince Charles, to the council that oversees Vatican finances, naming them in one fell swoop to some of the most senior roles.

Ex Pope Benedict's condition 'not particularly worrying': Vatican

03 Aug 2020

VATICAN CITY The Vatican, responding to a German newspaper report that former Pope Benedict XVI was seriously ill, said on Monday his condition was "not particularly worrying" and that he was overcoming a painful but not grave ailment. | Video

Italy Senate opens way for trial of ex minister Salvini over migrant ship

30 Jul 2020

ROME Italy's Senate lifted the immunity of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday, opening the way for a trial of the right-wing leader on charges of kidnapping over the detention of those on a migrant ship at sea last year.

Tenor Bocelli changes his tune, apologises for Covid comments

29 Jul 2020

ROME Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli apologised on Wednesday for appearing to belittle the coronavirus by saying he didn't know anyone who had gone into intensive care, comments that angered many and set off a storm of criticism on social media.

Tenor Andrea Bocelli gives Italy government earful over coronavirus

28 Jul 2020

ROME Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on Monday issued a scathing criticism of the Italian government's handling of the coronavirus, saying he was humiliated by a recent lockdown, and urged people to disobey rules still in place.

Vatican handbook on sex abuse cases urges reporting to authorities

17 Jul 2020

The Vatican is advising bishops to report cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests to civil authorities even if they are not obliged to by local law, toughening its official guidance on an issue that has rocked the Catholic Church in recent years. | Video

Ennio Morricone, Italian composer most famous for Westerns, dies aged 91

06 Jul 2020

ROME Ennio Morricone, whose scores for movies such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "The Mission" and "Cinema Paradiso" made him one of the world's most famous screen composers, has died, his lawyer said on Monday. He was 91.

Ennio Morricone, Italian composer most famous for Westerns, dies aged 91

06 Jul 2020

ROME Ennio Morricone, whose scores for movies such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "The Mission" and "Cinema Paradiso" made him one of the world's most famous screen composers, has died, his lawyer said on Monday. He was 91.

Vatican's new financial regulator vows transparency

03 Jul 2020

VATICAN CITY The Vatican's new financial regulator says he is confident that the days when the Holy See would "wash dirty laundry" in private are over and that Pope Francis' recent spending rules are a sea change in transparency.

Vatican summons U.S., Israeli envoys over West Bank annexation moves

02 Jul 2020

The Vatican, in a highly unusual move, summoned both the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to express the Holy See's concern about Israel's moves to extend its sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

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