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Pope Benedict’s butler to face trial for stealing letters


August 13th, 2012 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican, Aug 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Pope Benedict XVI' butler Paolo Gabriele, suspected of stealing the pontiff's documents, will go on trial, said a Vatican spokesperson Monday.Gabriele, 46, was arrested May ... Read more...

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Vatican to take legal action against Benetton advertisement


November 18th, 2011 - 7:44 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Nov 18 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican has said it will resort to legal action to stop clothing retailer Benetton's advertisement with a photographic montage of Pope Benedict XVI ... Read more...

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Pope Benedict XVI wraps up his visit to Spain


August 22nd, 2011 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS
Madrid, Aug 22 (IANS/EFE) Pope Benedict XVI Sunday wrapped up his visit to Spain, where he participated in the Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations.The pope urged young Catholics to ... Read more...

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Christians “subjects of hate” inside Pakistan: Vatican


March 3rd, 2011 - 12:10 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Mar 3(ANI): The Vatican has condemned the assassination of Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, and called the Pakistani Christians "subjects of hate" inside the country.Bhatti was ... Read more...

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You can’t confess your sins via iPhone, Vatican tells Catholics


February 10th, 2011 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 10 (ANI): The Vatican has emphatically stressed that Catholics cannot confess via iPhone and modern technology is not a substitute for being present when admitting sins to a priest.Vatican spokesman ... Read more...

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Women as well as men can use condoms to stop HIV: Vatican


November 24th, 2010 - 12:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 24 (ANI): The Pope Benedict XVI has apparently suggested that condoms may be used by both men and women, as it is lesser evil than transmitting HIV to partner.It was ... Read more...

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Pope’s stance on condoms ‘not revolutionary’, says Vatican


November 22nd, 2010 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 22 (ANI): The Vatican has sought to clarify Pope Benedict's remarks on the use of condoms, reported in a book to be published this week, insisting the pontiff's comments were ... Read more...

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Sex abuse victims meet Vatican spokesman


November 2nd, 2010 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Nov 2 (IANS/AKI) Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi has met survivors of clerical sex abuse, Vatican Radio has reported on its website.Lombardi told the group the Catholic church could ... Read more...

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Holy See condemns Tariq Aziz death sentence


October 28th, 2010 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Oct 28 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican has condemned the death penalty given to Tariq Aziz, a top former aide to late Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.Aziz, now a frail 74-year-old who ... Read more...

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Iraq Sentences Former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz To Death


October 27th, 2010 - 7:53 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Oct 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) President Saddam Hussein's close adviser and former Foreign Minister of Iraq, Tariq Aziz has been sentenced to death by the government. Tariq Aziz has been sentenced ... Read more...

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Vatican asks Iraq not to execute ‘Christian’ ex-minister Tariq Aziz


October 27th, 2010 - 4:51 pm ICT by ANI
Rome, Oct. 27 (ANI): Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has asked Iraq not to carry out the death sentence on former foreign minister Tariq Aziz.According to CNN, Aziz has gotten the Vatican's ... Read more...

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Vatican defends its bankers in money laundering probe


September 23rd, 2010 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Sep 23 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican has moved to defend the president and chief executive of its bank, who are involved in a formal money laundering investigation. In a letter to ... Read more...

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Sex abuse scandal overshadows Pope’s British trip


September 14th, 2010 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Sep 14 (DPA) Virtually on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to Britain, a dossier issued in Belgium has suggested more than 300 cases of child sexual abuse by ... Read more...

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Vatican In Contact With Iran To Save Iranian Woman From Stoning


September 6th, 2010 - 6:51 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Sep 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Vatican has intervened in the case of the stoning of an Iranian woman over charges of adultery. The case has already managed to gain widespread ... Read more...

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Vatican Making Diplomatic Moves To Save Iranian Woman From Stoning


September 6th, 2010 - 6:21 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
September 6, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The Vatican tried to save an Iranian woman from stoning by resorting to behind the door diplomacy on Sunday.Vatican has condemned the brutal form ... Read more...

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Ordaining women priests is a ‘crime against faith’: Vatican


July 16th, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 16 (ANI): New rules announced by the Vatican have declared that ordaining women as Roman Catholic priests is a "crime against the faith" and subject to discipline by its watchdog. ... Read more...

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Vatican tightens laws on sex abuse and other crimes


July 16th, 2010 - 1:06 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, July 15 (DPA) The Vatican published Thursday an updated, stricter set of norms governing how the Catholic Church deals internally with priests and other religious figures linked to crimes such ... Read more...

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Vatican’s radio masts blamed for causing cancer in kids


July 15th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 15 (ANI): A medical expert in Italy has claimed that radio masts operated by the Vatican's radio station are causing cancer in children.Professor Andrea Micheli, from Milan's National Tumour Institute, ... Read more...

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Leaked memo will not affect Pope’s Britain visit: Vatican


April 26th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, April 26 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican has said there will be no changes to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September despite an embarrassing memo that has apparently mocked the ... Read more...

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Vatican praised bishop who shielded paedophile priest from police


April 16th, 2010 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Paris, April 16 (DPA) A controversy was brewing in France Friday after publication of a letter in which a high Vatican official praised a French bishop for shielding a paedophile priest from ... Read more...

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Pope ready to meet sex abuse victims


April 10th, 2010 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, April 10 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI is ready to meet the victims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests and bishops, the Vatican has said. "Apart from paying attention to the ... Read more...

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Pope signs letter on child abuse cases in Ireland


March 19th, 2010 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, March 19 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI Friday signed a highly anticipated pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland dealing with a child sex abuse scandal involving priests, the Vatican said. The letter ... Read more...

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Church must probe sex abuse claims: Vatican


March 10th, 2010 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, March 10 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican said Tuesday that the Catholic Church must do everything possible to investigate claims of sex abuse in Ireland, Germany, Austria and Holland. However, while acknowledging ... Read more...

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Papal emissary visits woman who attacked Benedict


January 3rd, 2010 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, Jan 3 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI has sent a papal emissary to visit the woman in hospital who had knocked the pope down at the start of Christmas-eve services, the Vatican ... Read more...

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Questions raised over Vatican security arrangements after woman attacks Pope


December 26th, 2009 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec. 26 (ANI): Vatican security arrangements have come under fire after Pope Benedict XVI was toppled during the Christmas Eve mass by a woman who had attempted a similar attack last ... Read more...

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Pope delivers Christmas message after attack by woman (Third Lead)


December 25th, 2009 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 25 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI delivered his Christmas Day message and blessing Friday, showing no apparent affects from the fall he sustained when a psychologically disturbed woman knocked him ... Read more...

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Pope ‘well’ after being knocked down (Second Lead)


December 25th, 2009 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 25 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI is "well" despite being knocked down at Christmas midnight Mass and will deliver Friday his traditional Christmas Day message, according to the pope's spokesman. Spokesman ... Read more...

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Woman topples Pope at Xmas mass in Vatican


December 25th, 2009 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
Rome (Italy), Dec. 25 (ANI): An "unbalanced woman" jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve ... Read more...

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Pope recovers from fall to lead midnight Christmas Mass (Lead)


December 25th, 2009 - 6:56 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 25 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI late Thursday fell briefly in a scuffle when a woman trying to get to the pontiff jumped a cordon barrier as Christmas midnight Mass ... Read more...

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Pope leads midnight Christmas Mass


December 25th, 2009 - 5:12 am ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 25 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI late Thursday led the Vatican's Christmas celebrations with the traditional midnight Mass, which this year began two hours earlier than usual. Thousands of people flocked ... Read more...

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Vatican defends wartime pope’s beatification


December 24th, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS
Vatican City, Dec 24 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican has defended its moves towards making Pope Pius XII a saint saying that they reflected the controversial wartime pontiff's piety, not his "historical impact". Responding ... Read more...

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Homosexuals, transsexuals will never go to Heaven, says cardinal


December 3rd, 2009 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 3 (ANI): Homosexuals and transsexuals will never go to heaven, says a leading cardinal.In his comments, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan said Roman Catholic Church still regards homosexuality as an 'insult ... Read more...

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Pope breaks his wrist, taken to hospital


July 17th, 2009 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI
Rome, July 17 (ANI): Currently on a summer break, Pope Benedict XVI has broken his wrist and twisted an ankle after slipping in the bathroom.Despite the agony, the Pope, 82, was able ... Read more...

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Pope in hospital for check-up after fall


July 17th, 2009 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
Aosta (Italy), July 17 (DPA) Pope Benedict XVI was taken Friday to a hospital in the northwestern Italian town of Aosta for a check-up after he fell while on holiday in the ... Read more...

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Pope will soon become a Facebooker


May 20th, 2009 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 20 (ANI): The Vatican is to post Pope Benedict XVI's profile on popular online social networking site, Facebook, as part of an effort to broaden the pontiff's appeal among ... Read more...

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