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  • Holy See testimony on torture a UN treaty obligation, spokesman notes

    The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty.

  • Pope is bringing human trafficking into public eye, ambassador says

    Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse, says a U.S. ambassador who specializes in the subject.

  • Pope Francis reaffirms importance of Vatican bank's mission

    Pope Francis approved a proposal Monday on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the "Vatican bank," affirming its importance for the good of the Church.

  • Forensic police officers work in the courtyard of Sant' Apollinare basilica in Rome on Monday. Police swarmed the crypt at the basilica to exhume the body of reputed mobster Enrico De Pedis as part of an investigation into the 1983 disappearance of the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee, Emanuela Orlandi. (Associated Press)

    Vatican mystery intensifies

    Forensic police swarmed the crypt of a Roman basilica on Monday to exhume the body of a reputed mobster as part of an investigation into one of the Vatican's most enduring mysteries: the 1983 disappearance of the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee.

  • Vatican, biotech firm host adult stem cell meeting

    The Vatican has entered into an unusual partnership with a small U.S. biotech company to promote using adult stem cells for treating disease, rather than focusing research on embryonic stem cells.

  • Pope may go online to launch Vatican news portal

    The Vatican, whose communications problems are no secret, is taking a leap into the world of new media with the launch next week of a news information portal that Pope Benedict XVI himself may put online with a papal click.

  • Vatican to launch Internet news portal next week

    The Vatican is taking a leap into the world of new media next week with the launch of a news information portal that Pope Benedict XVI himself may put online with a papal click.

  • ** FILE ** Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium, pictured here in February 2007, was Belgium's longest serving bishop when he stepped down on Friday, April 23, 2010, after admitting to sexually abusing a young boy about 25 years ago. The resignation of the 74-year-old bishop was the first in Belgium after a child-abuse scandal began engulfing the Roman Catholic Church in 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Maenhoudt, File)

    Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew

    The Vatican has sanctioned a Belgian bishop who resigned last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew, saying he can no longer act as a priest in public and may risk further church sanctions.

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 8, 1999 file photo, Pope John Paul II waves to the faithful as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the bank of Elk River in Elk, Poland. Thousands of Poles are making plans to travel to Rome for the May 1, 2011 beatification of their beloved countryman, Pope John Paul II, but some have already left, on foot. Two men on Thursday March 10, 2011 began the 900-mile (1,500 kilometer) journey from Olbrachcice Wielkie, in southwestern Poland, planning to walk down Europe's roads and across fields and counting on the support and hospitality of people they meet on the way. (AP Photo/Arturo Mari, Pool)

    Friend the pope? John Paul II gets Facebook page

    The Vatican will unveil the latest installment in its social media transformation next week _ a Facebook page dedicated to the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II, officials said.

  • Vatican responds on abuse letter

    The Vatican launched a new round of damage control Wednesday about priestly sex abuse, saying a letter it sent to Irish bishops on Rome's concerns about their reporting abuse to police had been "deeply misunderstood."

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 2, 2010, photo made available by the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper, Pope Benedict XVI prays before the tomb of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, during traditional All Soul's Day prayers in the Grottoes of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, File)

    Evidence mounts over John Paul II beatification

    Evidence is mounting that the pope soon will approve the miracle needed to beatify Pope John Paul II, setting the stage for a major celebration this year for a Catholic Church trying to recover from the clerical sex abuse scandal.

  • The Rev. Federico Lomabardi, the Vatican's spokesman, speaks to the media about a decree passed by the Vatican bank to comply with international rules to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, at the Vatican press hall on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Vatican creates financial watchdog amid bank probe

    The Vatican on Thursday created a financial watchdog agency and issued new laws to fight money laundering and terrorist financing in a major effort to shed its image as a tax haven that for years has been mired in secrecy and scandal.

  • Pope Benedict XVI during the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings to the Curia, in the Regia Hall, at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. Benedict XVI said Monday the Catholic Church must reflect on what is wrong with its message and Christian life in general that allowed for the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, pool)

    Pope: Church must reflect on what allowed abuse

    Pope Benedict XVI said Monday the Catholic Church must reflect on what is wrong with its message and Christian life in general that allowed for the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests.

  • ** FILE ** The Vatican, with St. Peter's Basilica in the center, is seen in a 2003 aerial view. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)

    WikiLeaks: Ireland irked Vatican on sovereignty

    Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that the Vatican felt "offended" that Ireland failed to respect Holy See "sovereignty" by asking high-ranking churchmen to answer questions from an Irish commission probing decades of sex abuse of minors by clergy.

  • ** FILE ** A parishioner worships before Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

    Conservatives at odds with Vatican over condoms

    Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican's own explanation of what the pope said.

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