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Cocaine-filled condoms intercepted en route to the Vatican

Cocaine-filled condoms intercepted en route to the Vatican

March 24 (UPI) -- German customs officials discovered 14 condoms filled with liquid cocaine in a package on its way to the Vatican from South America.
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Pope Francis spends anniversary praying

Pope Francis spends anniversary praying

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (UPI) -- Pope Francis Thursday asked his Twitter followers to "Please pray for me" on the one year anniversary of his election to the papacy.
Pope moves to overhaul church's economic affairs

Pope moves to overhaul church's economic affairs

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Pope Francis took a major step Monday in tackling the Vatican's finances, issuing a papal order establishing a new department and 15-member council to run it.

Vatican spokesman: U.N. committee tries to impose its own views

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A U.N. report criticizing the Vatican for its role in the clerical sex abuse scandal shows a lack of understanding of the church, a papal spokesman said Friday.
Vatican says plan for transparency in sex abuse cases is forthcoming

Vatican says plan for transparency in sex abuse cases is forthcoming

MADRID, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Improvement in the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse cases is forthcoming, a Vatican spokesman said Wednesday after a U.N. condemnation.

Pope Francis may visit South Korea this summer

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Pope Francis may make the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years this summer to attend the sixth Asian Youth Day, the Vatican said Wednesday.
Vatican not worried about mafia attacks on pope

Vatican not worried about mafia attacks on pope

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Pope Francis is not in danger of mafia attacks, despite fears of violence due to the pope's reforms in the Catholic Church, the Vatican says.

Pope Francis sets date for naming of new cardinals

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has set a date in February to create new cardinals at the Vatican, Catholic Church officials said.
NSA denies spying on College of Cardinals

NSA denies spying on College of Cardinals

FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency denied spying on Roman Catholic cardinals in the run-up to the election of Pope Francis, saying an Italian news magazine was wrong.
Francis to visit Israel, Palestinian territories

Francis to visit Israel, Palestinian territories

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Pope Francis plans to visit Israel as soon as next year, the Vatican said, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also invited him to visit.

Vatican asks Italy for cooperation in Scarano probe

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The Vatican Friday asked for cooperation from Italy in an inquiry into Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, accused of corruption and fraud at the Vatican Bank.

Vatican to cooperate in Monsignor Scarano investigation

VATICAN CITY, June 28 (UPI) -- The Vatican said Friday it will cooperate with authorities investigating a Monsignor Nunzio Scarano on suspicion of currency-transfer violations.

Pope sets up panel to consider reforms to Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY, June 26 (UPI) -- Pope Francis set up a panel to consider reforms to the Institute for Religious works, popularly known as the Vatican Bank, officials said Wednesday.
USA Today: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in poor health

USA Today: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in poor health

VATICAN CITY, June 10 (UPI) -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's physical condition has deteriorated since he stepped down, friends and Vatican officials say.

Vatican: Pope did not perform exorcism after Pentecost mass

VATICAN CITY, May 21 (UPI) -- Pope Francis did not perform an exorcism on a young man in a wheelchair who attended mass at the Vatican on Pentecost, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Pope Francis warns against 'cult of money,' urges more help for poor

VATICAN CITY, May 16 (UPI) -- Pope Francis Thursday blamed the global economic crisis on "the cult of money" and urged reform to promote the common good and help the poor.

Benedict returns to Vatican, now home of two popes

VATICAN CITY, May 2 (UPI) -- The Vatican is now home to two popes, as Pope Francis welcomed his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI, to the former pope's new residence, a spokesman said.
Pope scraps Vatican staff bonuses, directs money to charity

Pope scraps Vatican staff bonuses, directs money to charity

VATICAN CITY, April 19 (UPI) -- Pope Francis scrapped the bonus Vatican employees usually get following a new pope's election, ordering money instead to go to charity, a spokesman said.

Eight cardinals appointed to advise pope on Church reforms

VATICAN CITY, April 13 (UPI) -- Pope Francis has appointed eight Roman Catholic cardinals to look into ways of reforming the Church, the Vatican said Saturday.

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Pope Francis' inaugural mass on tap

VATICAN CITY, March 18 (UPI) -- Pope Francis' inaugural mass at St. Peter's Square Tuesday will be marked by "simplicity," a Vatican spokesman said Monday.

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Vatican defends pope in 'Dirty War' claim

Vatican defends pope in 'Dirty War' claim

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (UPI) -- The Vatican denied Pope Francis failed to speak against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina in the 1970s.
Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

VATICAN CITY, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in his first mass as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Thursday urged the church to have courage.
Latin American becomes new pope

Latin American becomes new pope

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (UPI) -- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, a Jesuit, is the new pope, the first Latin American in history, taking the papal name of Francis.
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