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Independent city-state within Rome, Italy

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Vatican City: Independent city-state within Rome, Italy
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State, is an independent city-state enclaved within Rome, Italy. Established with the Lateran Treaty (1929), it is distinct from, yet under "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" of the Holy See. With an area of 44 hectares, and a population of about 1,000, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population.

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Vatican prosecutor wants trial for two priests in abuse case

A Vatican prosecutor on Tuesday asked that two priests who served in a "pre-seminary" that housed altar boys inside the Vatican be ordered to stand trial on charges of sexual abuse.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell makes final appeal to overturn sex offense convictions

Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys,..
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Videos for Vatican City

Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes [Video]Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes

Pope Francis apologized to crowds in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (September 1) after getting stuck in a lift. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Former Vatican treasurer loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions [Video]Former Vatican treasurer loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

An Australian court upheld Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse convictions.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:38Published

 

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.
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Pope invites leaders to Vatican for global compact on education

Pope Francis on Thursday invited world political, cultural, and religious leaders to a meeting at the Vatican next year to agree on "A Global Compact on Education" to better prepare the young for..
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Pope stuck in elevator for 25 minutes, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis arrived late for his weekly address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he had been stuck in an elevator in the Vatican for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.
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Vatican backs George Pell’s right to appeal, 'acknowledges' upholding of child sex conviction

The Vatican says George Pell "has always maintained his innocence" and has the right to challenge the rejection of his appeal against a child abuse conviction.
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Disgraced George Pell isn’t going anywhere just yet, as Vatican 'acknowledges' court decision

The Vatican says George Pell "has always maintained his innocence" and has the right to challenge the rejection of his appeal against a child abuse conviction.
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Vatican acknowledges Pell abuse decision, says he has right to appeal

The Vatican on Wednesday acknowledged the Australian court decision to uphold Cardinal George Pell's conviction on sexual abuse but said he has a right to another appeal.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, returns to prison

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an..
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Chilean priest who is uncle of president probed in alleged child sex abuse

The Vatican has launched an investigation into an allegation that a retired archbishop and uncle of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sexually abused a child more than 50 years ago, the Vatican's..
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell to learn fate on child sex offences appeal

Jailed former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will head to court on Wednesday to hear the outcome of his appeal against child sex offense convictions, and if he wins he could immediately walk..
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Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November: sources

Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country,..
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Explainer: What next for jailed ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell?

An Australian court said on Thursday that it will rule on an appeal by jailed former Vatican treasurer George Pell against child sex offences on Aug 21.
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Australian court to rule on ex-Vatican treasurer Pell's child sex offense appeal next week

An Australian court will rule on the appeal of jailed former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell's child sex convictions next week, the court said on Thursday.
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Pope caps reform of Vatican bank with new statutes

Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden..
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Pope Francis's envoy tells Syria's Assad of concern for Idlib's civilians

Pope Francis's envoy told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a meeting on Monday of the Pope's concerns for the humanitarian situation in northwest Syria, a Vatican spokesman said in a statement.
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Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies

Forensic experts extracted bones from two ossuaries within the walls of the Vatican on Saturday as part of an investigation aimed at resolving the case of a girl who vanished in 1983.
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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century..
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Vatican lifts immunity of Paris envoy: French foreign ministry

The Vatican has lifted the diplomatic immunity of its envoy in France, the French foreign ministry said on Monday, opening the way for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be questioned by prosecutors over..
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Putin and pope hold 'substantive' talks in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for "very substantive" talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican.
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Spain protests Vatican envoy's criticism of Franco reburial plan

Spain formally complained to the Vatican on Thursday after its ambassador criticized the Socialist government's attempts to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and said it had achieved..
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Putin meets pope in shadow of Ukraine crisis, arrives late

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican to discuss their country's crisis, and amid speculation that his visit..
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Vatican to open tombs after tip in 36-year-old case of missing girl

The Vatican said on Tuesday it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in the Holy..
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Vatican defends confessional secret as sexual abuse crisis stings

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
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Vatican says laws cannot force priests to break seal of confession

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
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Vatican says China intimidating Catholics loyal to pope

The Vatican asked China's communist government on Friday to stop intimidating Catholic clergy who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to sign ambiguous official registration..
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Conservative Vatican cardinal withdraws support for Steve Bannon

Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, for years a strong backer of Steve Bannon, has yanked his support for the former Trump White House adviser and his plan to set up a right-wing Catholic academy in..
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In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon region

A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in..
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Poland's bishops exhorted to do more against pedophilia

The Vatican's leading sexual abuse investigator on Friday urged stronger action from Poland's Catholic bishops who are under growing public pressure over a pedophilia scandal.
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Vatican condemns gender theory as bid to destroy nature

The Vatican condemned gender theory on Monday as part of a "confused concept of freedom", saying in a new document that the idea of gender being determined by personal feeling rather than biology was..
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Latin lovers tune in: Vatican broadcasts news in language of ancient Rome

Friends, Romans and Latin lovers - lend the Vatican your ears. Vatican Radio is starting its first regular news bulletin in the language of Caesar and Cicero.
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Putin July visit to pope could pave way for Russia trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Pope Francis next month, the Vatican said on Thursday, an encounter that could help pave the way for an historic papal trip to Russia.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer's child sex offence conviction should stand: prosecutor

Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's conviction on child sex offences should stand because a victim's account was truthful, a prosecutor told an Australian court on Thursday, the final day of the..
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Former Vatican treasurer appears in court for appeal against abuse convictions

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday for an appeal hearing against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s.
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Vatican trial possible for Cardinal Pell

Cardinal George Pell may face a Vatican trial following his appeal against his conviction in Melbourne for child sexual abuse.
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Jailed Australian cardinal to appeal against child sex abuse convictions

Jailed former Vatican treasurer George Pell will appeal on Wednesday against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s and if an Australian court rules in his favor could be..
Reuters - Published

Pope names women to key Vatican department for first time

Pope Francis appointed women on Friday to a key Vatican department for the first time since it was founded more than 50 years ago, a move welcomed by Catholic women's groups as a significant advance.
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Suspicious financial activity at Vatican reaches six-year low: watchdog

Reports of suspicious financial activity in the Vatican reached a six-year low in 2018, an internal watchdog report showed on Tuesday, continuing a trend officials said showed reforms were fully..
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Vatican official cleared of abuse charges lodged by ex-nun

A Vatican official has been acquitted by a Holy See tribunal of charges leveled by a former nun that he had solicited sex from her a decade ago while hearing her confession.
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Pope approves visits to contested Bosnian shrine

Pope Francis has approved pilgrimages to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia that is steeped in controversy over whether the Madonna appears to local people, the Vatican said on Sunday.
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Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame

The Vatican is willing to offer technical restoration know-how to help rebuild and restore the devastated cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Holy's See's culture minister said on Tuesday.
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Pope praying for all affected by fire at Notre Dame, symbol of unity: Vatican

Pope Francis is praying for all those affected by the fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which will always remain a symbol of French national unity, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
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Pope kisses feet of South Sudan leaders, urging them to keep the peace

Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan's previously warring leaders on Thursday as he urged them to not return to a..
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Vatican tries 'retreat diplomacy' as South Sudan peace deal falters

The Vatican brought together South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and preaching on Wednesday, a last ditch attempt to heal bitter divisions a month before the war-ravaged nation is due to set..
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Vatican working on guidelines to report bishops in abuse cases: sources

The Vatican is working on a papal document that would establish procedures for Catholics to report bishops suspected of sexual abuse or negligence in sexual abuse cases, according to two Vatican..
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Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalization of homosexuality

Human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates urged the Vatican on Friday to issue a clear and unequivocal statement against the criminalization of homosexuality.
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