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    U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Ken Hackett has praised the attention Pope Francis is giving to the "scourge" of human trafficking, and spoke of collaborative initiatives aimed at its eradication.

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    The Vatican has released the details for Sunday’s prayer between Pope Francis and the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, stating that although peace will not be immediate, it’s a starting point.

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    Pope Francis’ new advisory commission on the protection of minors is expanding its membership to include representatives from around the world to improve sex abuse prevention and to better care for victims.

  • John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

    Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith.

  • ** FILE ** Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns to the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, southeast of Rome, on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

    Pope Emeritus Benedict emerges to defend his record on abuse

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a lengthy letter to one of Italy's most well-known atheists. In it, he denies having covered up for sexually abusive priests and discusses everything from evolution to the figure of Jesus Christ.

  • Pope Francis holds the pastoral staff after he bestowed the Pallium, a woolen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, to 35 Archbishops, during a mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Pope warns church leaders: Avoid seeking power, thinking in 'worldly terms'

    Pope Francis told prelates Saturday to shun the "logic of human power," pressing his campaign to root out corruption and other wrongdoing from the Vatican's scandal-tainted power structures.

  • Vatican's communications site runs Batman story

    One of the Vatican's main Twitter accounts and the website of its communications office were running stories about Batman on Thursday with the headline "Holy Switcheroo!" _ raising concerns they might have been hacked.

  • The princes of the Roman Catholic Church, including Cardinals Roger Mahony (left) and Timothy Dolan (third from left) of the United States, arrive for a meeting at the Vatican on Monday, March 11, 2013. The cardinals gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Cardinals count down to conclave with final talks

    On the eve of their conclave to select a new pope, cardinals held their final debate Monday over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager to clean up the Vatican or a pastor to inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

  • Cardinals Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man (second from left) of Vietnam and Cardinal Giuseppe Betori (second from right) of Italy are escorted to a meeting of fellow prelates at the Vatican on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Cardinal Man was the last of the 115 voting-age cardinals to arrive in Rome for the pre-conclave meetings. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Cardinals briefed on Catholic Church finances, but no conclave date set yet

    Cardinals in Rome for the conclave to elect the next pope received a briefing on the Holy See's finances Thursday amid questions about the Vatican bureaucracy and continued suspicions about its bank.

  • ** FILE ** Monsignor Stephen Rossetti (right), a psychologist who for a decade ran a U.S. treatment center for abusive priests, listens Feb. 8, 2012, to Monsignor Charles Scicluna during a press conference in Rome. Monsignor Scicluna spoke on the sidelines of a Vatican-backed symposium on clerical sex abuse that is designed to help bishops craft guidelines to protect children and keep pedophiles out of the priesthood. (Associated Press)

    Vatican sex crimes prosecutor heads to Malta

    When Pope Benedict XVI announced last month he was transferring his respected sex crimes prosecutor to Malta to become a bishop, Vatican watchers immediately questioned whether the Holy See's tough line on clerical abuse was going soft — and if another outspoken cleric was being punished for doing his job too well.

  • ** FILE ** Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by his private secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein (top left), and his butler, Paolo Gabriele, arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a general audience on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope's butler convicted in leaks, given 18 months

    The pope's butler was convicted Saturday of stealing the pontiff's private documents and leaking them to a journalist in the gravest Vatican security breach in recent memory. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the Vatican said a papal pardon was likely.

  • Paolo Gabriele

    Former butler goes on trial in leaking of pope’s personal papers

    There was a time when a Vatican trial could end with a heretic being burned at the stake.

  • ** FILE ** Paolo Gabriele, the pope's butler, was arrested after Vatican investigators discovered papal documents in his Vatican City apartment. (Associated Press)

    Pope's ex-butler goes on trial for leaked papers

    There was a time when a Vatican trial could end with a heretic being burned at the stake. Paolo Gabriele doesn't risk nearly as dire a fate, but he and the Holy See face a very public airing over the gravest security breach in the Vatican's recent history following the theft and leaking of the pope's personal papers.

  • BOOKS: War and linguistics, Vatican spies

    Since Sept. 11, those who supposedly run our government have spluttered with frustration over the lack of linguistic abilities among the agencies tasked with combating terrorism. I suggest that these worry-warts silence themselves for a few days and read Roger Dingman's fascinating account of how the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps trained some 1,200 Americans — most of them not of Japanese ancestry — as Japanese language officers during World War II.

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