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Pope Francis names new Vatican secretary of state

VATICAN CITY, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Pope Francis said Saturday Archbishop Pietro Parolin will become the Vatican's next secretary of state, replacing Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope said preparing to name new secretary of state

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Pope Francis is reportedly preparing to replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, an Italian newspaper said Friday.

King Abdullah of Jordan has audience with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Pope Francis met Thursday with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan in an audience at the Vatican.

31 dead, 171 missing in ferry-cargo ship collision in Philippines

CEBU CITY, Philippines, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- At least 31 people are confirmed dead and 171 missing in the collision of a ferry with a cargo vessel, the Philippine coast guard said Saturday.
Francis calls on all to serve, protect

Francis calls on all to serve, protect

VATICAN CITY, March 19 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in his inauguration mass Tuesday, said he will look to St. Joseph's life because his role as Jesus' protector has expanded to protect everyone.
Police: Papal butler had important papers

Police: Papal butler had important papers

VATICAN CITY, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The 82 boxes of material seized from Pope Benedict XVI's former butler included 1,000 documents "of interest," investigators told a Vatican court Wednesday.
Pope thanks 'Vatileaks' investigators

Pope thanks 'Vatileaks' investigators

VATICAN CITY, July 27 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI met with Vatican officials investigating what has become known as the "Vatileaks" scandal to thank them for their work, officials say.
Vatican denies investigation claims

Vatican denies investigation claims

ROME, July 23 (UPI) -- The Vatican denies speculation three more staff members are under investigation for leaking confidential church documents, a spokesman said.
Pope's butler to be held longer

Pope's butler to be held longer

VATICAN CITY, July 12 (UPI) -- The detention of Pope Benedict XVI's butler, suspected of leaking documents to the news media, has been extended, Vatican officials said Thursday.

Pope supports his secretary of state

VATICAN CITY, July 5 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, has told Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, he feels "sorrow" over "unjust criticism" leveled at his longtime aide.
Vatican condemns leaks as blackmail

Vatican condemns leaks as blackmail

VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- The Vatican condemned the latest round of leaks of confidential documents as blackmail Wednesday, as an Italian newspaper was sent apparently stolen letters.
Pope's butler agrees to help scandal probe

Pope's butler agrees to help scandal probe

VATICAN CITY, May 29 (UPI) -- The pope's butler says he will help in the investigation of a scandal involving allegations of jealousy, intrigue and factional infighting at the Vatican.

Pope's servant said Vatican leak suspect

VATICAN CITY, May 25 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI's servant Paolo Gabriele has been arrested for leaking Vatican documents, sources told ANSA Friday.
Pope creates commission to look into leaks

Pope creates commission to look into leaks

VATICAN CITY, April 26 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI has created a special commission to probe the leak of church documents alleging management corruption in Vatican City, church officials say.
Pope to visit Cuba, Mexico

Pope to visit Cuba, Mexico

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit Cuba and Mexico early next year.
ICC asked to investigate Vatican on abuse

ICC asked to investigate Vatican on abuse

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Victims of clergy sex abuse urged International Criminal Court prosecutors in The Hague, Netherlands, to investigate the Vatican for crimes against humanity.

Vatican cardinal blames scandal on gays

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 14 (UPI) -- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, linked the pedophile scandal to homosexuality during a visit to Chile.
Irish bishops, pope meet over sex scandal

Irish bishops, pope meet over sex scandal

VATICAN CITY, Italy, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Vatican's call for sexually abusive clergy in Ireland to atone for their acts doesn't go far enough, some victims of abuse said.

Irish bishops meeting with Pope over abuse

ROME, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- An Irish Bishops Conference official said 30 Irish bishops are in Rome holding discussions with Pope Benedict XVI on two child sex reports.

Vatican opposes ruling on school crosses

ROME, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The Vatican has weighed in on a European court's ruling that crucifixes should be banned from Italian classrooms, calling it "short-sighted."

Vatican: Excommunication for drug violence

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Excommunication should be considered as a punishment for drug traffickers responsible for thousands of violent deaths in Mexico, a top Vatican official said.

Vatican official defends Pius XII

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Vatican secretary of state called claims that Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope" a slur at a conference Thursday on the wartime pontiff.
Pope Pius helped save Jews, Benedict says

Pope Pius helped save Jews, Benedict says

VATICAN CITY, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- New information shows Pope Pius XII "spared no effort," clearing him from claims he didn't do enough to save Jews during World War II, Pope Benedict XVI said.

U.N. official, pope, Italian leaders talk

ROME, March 26 (UPI) -- A top U.N. official met Wednesday with Pope Benedict XVI and Italian leaders in Rome to talk about climate change, religion and the poor.

Chiara Lubich dies; founded Catholic group

ROME, March 16 (UPI) -- Chiara Lubich, who founded Focolare, a Roman Catholic group active in 182 countries, has died in Italy at the age of 88.
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