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Pope's butler to face trial over leak, Vatican saysupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 08:46:00

Pope Benedict XVI's butler will be tried on a aggravated theft charge over the leaking of hundreds of secret papers from the pope's personal apartment to an Italian journalist, a Vatican spokesman said Monday.

Vatican: Pope not resigning over alleged papers leakupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman has denied the pontiff will resign over the arrest of his butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents, the Vatican press office said Thursday.

Vatican butler's arrestupdated: Thu May 31 2012 11:22:00

An investigation into the Pope's butler continues in a document leaking scandal. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports.

Scandals block Vatican's messageupdated: Tue May 29 2012 10:09:00

Odd as it may sound, one great person to ask about the real cost of the Vatican leaks scandal, rekindled with the arrest of the pope's butler on charges of stealing a raft of secret documents, would be the Rev. Matthew Thomas, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in the Indian province of Kashmir.

Mole in the Vaticanupdated: Tue May 29 2012 10:09:00

Pope's butler suspected as a mole within the Vatican; arrested for reportedly divulging papal secrets and corruption.

No cardinal suspected of pope papers leak, Vatican insistsupdated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Pope Benedict XVI's spokesman denied Monday that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated alongside the pope's butler on suspicion of leaking confidential documents.

Crisis at the Vatican?updated: Mon May 28 2012 21:08:00

Some Vatican watchers are seeing a crisis of government at The Vatican. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Missing girl's brother urges Vatican to open upupdated: Sun May 27 2012 14:00:00

The brother of an Italian girl missing for nearly 30 years urged the Vatican to investigate her case as several hundred demonstrators carrying pictures of her marched to St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

Mob boss' body exhumed from Vaticanupdated: Sun May 27 2012 14:00:00

The body of a mob boss was exhumed from a church in the Vatican in search for clues to a missing girl.

Leaders of U.S. Catholic nuns to address Vatican reprimand about 'radical' feminismupdated: Sun May 27 2012 07:54:00

The showdown between the Vatican and America's largest group of Catholic nuns is expected to peak this week when group leaders will meet to determine a response to the Vatican's reprimand for the group's "radical feminist themes."

Pope's butler arrested over Vatican documents leakupdated: Sat May 26 2012 09:56:00

Pope Benedict's butler has been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to an Italian journalist, the Vatican said Saturday.

Vatican protesters gather in NYCupdated: Tue May 22 2012 21:05:00

A group of Catholic activists gathered in front of a Manhattan cathedral Tuesday for the latest protest over a Vatican reprimand of America's largest organization of Catholic nuns.

Vatican reprimanding some U.S. Nunsupdated: Tue May 22 2012 21:05:00

The Vatican takes disciplinary action against a large community of U.S. nuns, leaving them stunned. Mary Snow reports.

New book accuses Vatican of hiding cases of sexual abuse of minorsupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 06:23:00

On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Pope appoints 22 new cardinalsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 07:59:00

Pope Benedict appointed 22 new cardinals at the Vatican on Saturday, with his choices for the lofty role likely to influence who will be appointed as the next pontiff.

Vatican rejects Irish criticism over child sex abuse by priestsupdated: Sat Sep 03 2011 10:41:00

The Vatican has rejected criticism that church leaders sought to cover up extensive abuse of young people by priests in Ireland, in a lengthy statement sent to the Irish government Saturday.

Vatican recalls envoy to Ireland over priest abuse scandalupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 00:56:00

The Vatican on Monday recalled its envoy to Ireland in the wake of a blistering report accusing church leaders of covering up extensive abuse of young people by priests.

Irish prime minister slams Vatican over child sex abuseupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 22:56:00

Ireland's prime minister has launched a stinging attack on the Vatican, a week after a report said the Catholic Church in Ireland did not take serious steps to stamp out child abuse by priests, even after the scandal blew up worldwide.

U.S. Catholic bishops revise guidelines against sex abuseupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 23:12:00

To fight child abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops revised its 2002 charter Thursday, the group said.

Vatican warns of papal ticket scamsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 12:31:00

The Vatican is warning people who plan to travel to the beatification of Pope John Paul II to look out for scammers claiming to sell tickets for the ceremony.

Confession app for your iPhoneupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 06:05:00

The makers say the app isn't replacing the confessional, but it will help people with the sacrament. WCVB reports.

Vatican warns about iPhone Confession appupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 06:05:00

Yes, the Roman Catholic Church still supports the new app designed to help Catholics make confession. To a point.

Irish abuse victims 'disgusted' at Vatican letterupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 11:18:00

Irish victims of sexual abuse are "disgusted" by a newly revealed letter in which a Vatican official expresses "serious reservations" about requiring bishops to report suspected abuse by priests to police, they said Wednesday.

Pope decries attacks against religious minoritiesupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 11:23:00

In his annual "State of the World" address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, Pope Benedict XVI spoke Monday about religious intolerance and discrimination toward Christian minorities around the world.

Vatican Bank to reform banking standardsupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 15:15:00

The Vatican Bank will adapt to meet international standards on money-laundering and other illegal activities, Pope Benedict XVI decreed Thursday, after some of the bank's assets were ordered frozen in Italy.

Christmas at the Vaticanupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 06:35:00

The Vatican celebrates Christmas with a traditional midnight mass.

Holy See urges 'prudence' in reading Vatican-related cablesupdated: Sat Dec 11 2010 10:15:00

The Holy See's press office Saturday urged the public to read the latest Vatican-related diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks with "great prudence," claiming the allegations cited in the documents reflect only the view of their writers.

WikiLeaks: Sex abuse scandal left rift in Vatican-Ireland relationsupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 20:11:00

Relations between the Vatican and Ireland deteriorated sharply as the Holy See appeared to ignore a commission looking into complaints of physical and sexual abuse of children by Irish priests, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

Pope creates two dozen new cardinalsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 11:51:00

Pope Benedict XVI announced Wednesday that he would create 24 new cardinals -- putting his stamp on the body that will select his replacement when he dies.

Vatican library goes hi-tech (Chinese)updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 06:24:00

The Vatican Apostolic Library has reopened after an extensive 3-year restoration. CNN's Eileen Hsieh explains.

Renovated Vatican Library reopensupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 06:24:00

The Vatican Apostolic Library reopened its hallowed halls Monday following a three-year renovation, according to library officials.

Pope likely to meet abuse victims, archbishop indicatesupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 10:30:00

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to meet victims of child abuse when he visits the United Kingdom next week, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales indicated Sunday.

Vatican asked to investigate Chilean priest sex abuse accusationsupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 11:12:00

The archbishop of Santiago has asked the Vatican to investigate a priest accused of sexually abusing four minors, a church official said.

Vatican police ask women priest campaigners to leaveupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 14:44:00

Activists campaigning for the Catholic Church to ordain women as priests were asked to leave the Vatican on Tuesday.

Vatican calls synthetic cell creation 'interesting'updated: Sat May 22 2010 09:58:00

The Vatican had praise Saturday for this week's announcement that scientists had created the world's first synthetic cell, calling it an "interesting result" that could help cure disease.

Vatican to pursue new legal strategy in U.S., lawyer saysupdated: Mon May 17 2010 09:47:00

The Vatican will embark on a sweeping new legal strategy Monday in responding to allegations of sex abuse in the United States, CNN has learned.

Pope: Sex abuse scandal 'terrifying'updated: Tue May 11 2010 11:13:00

Pope Benedict XVI made one of his strongest statements to date on the sex abuse scandal sweeping the Roman Catholic Church, saying Tuesday the reality he has seen is "terrifying."

Pope's envoy to run discredited Catholic orderupdated: Tue May 04 2010 17:02:00

Pope Benedict XVI will appoint a special envoy to run a Mexican Catholic order whose founder abused minor-age seminarians and fathered three children with two women, the Vatican said Saturday.

Pope, Vatican sued over priest abuseupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 16:20:00

A man who says he was abused by a priest speaks to reporters after another man filed a lawsuit against the Vatican.

Vatican says sex abuse suit lacks meritupdated: Fri Apr 23 2010 08:49:00

The Vatican said a lawsuit accusing it and Pope Benedict XVI of covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in the United States has no merit.

Lawsuit demands Vatican name priests accused of sex abuseupdated: Thu Apr 22 2010 15:20:00

An Illinois man is suing the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in Wisconsin.

Pope meets with abuse victimsupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 18:08:00

Pope Benedict XVI has met with 8 victims of clerical sex abuse in Malta. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen reports.

Pope's 5th anniversary overshadowed by abuse scandalupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 18:08:00

For the fifth anniversary of Benedict XVI's papacy on Monday, the Vatican is expected to do everything it normally does to celebrate such milestones: the pope will lunch with dozens of Catholic cardinals from around the world and deliver remarks from his window above St. Peter's Square, while Vatican employees will receive an anniversary bonus in their paychecks.

Pope expresses 'shame and sorrow' to abuse victimsupdated: Sun Apr 18 2010 12:45:00

Pope Benedict XVI told a group of sexual abuse victims Sunday that he feels "shame" for what they suffered within the church and will make sure their abusers are brought "to justice," the Vatican announced.

Gay outrage over cardinal's child abuse commentupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 01:57:00

Gay rights groups have expressed outrage over comments made by a senior Vatican official linking homosexuality to child abuse.

Cardinal blames homosexuality for abuseupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 01:57:00

A top Vatican cardinal says homosexuality, not celibacy, is a root cause of child abuse by priests. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Vatican overhauls sex abuse case proceduresupdated: Mon Apr 12 2010 13:38:00

The Vatican is overhauling its rules on how it handles accusations of sexual abuse by priests, it said Monday, without giving any details.

Why did defrocking take 6 years?updated: Mon Apr 12 2010 13:38:00

CNN's Diana Magnay reports on the Vatican's process to defrock a California priest who molested children.

Vatican says it was unaware of alleged American priest abuseupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 14:11:00

The Vatican did not know about an American priest believed to have molested up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated and then dropped the case, its top spokesman said Thursday.

Vatican covered up abuse in Minnesota, lawyers sayupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 11:16:00

Vatican officials failed to take action against a priest accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls in Minnesota despite repeated warnings from a local bishop starting in 2005, attorneys for one of the alleged victims said Monday.

Abuse scandal hangs over Good Fridayupdated: Sun Apr 04 2010 10:45:00

CNN's Diana Magnay looks at how the abuse scandal affected Good Friday celebrations at the Vatican.

Pope's preacher compares abuse fury to anti-Semitismupdated: Sat Apr 03 2010 09:41:00

Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher on Friday compared the fury aimed at the Catholic leadership because of sexual abuse within the Church to aspects of anti-Semitism.

Vatican official: Newspaper report on pope 'lacks fairness'updated: Thu Apr 01 2010 20:53:00

A top Vatican official has harshly criticized The New York Times' coverage of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in a lengthy article posted on the Vatican Web site.

Clerics regret church abuse as Vatican denounces reportupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 07:32:00

Top Catholic clerics from France and Britain expressed shame, anger and regret Friday over a widening abuse scandal in the church that has reached Pope Benedict XVI's doorstep.

Vatican: Stop 'smear campaign'updated: Tue Mar 30 2010 07:32:00

The Vatican is taking a defensive stand amid allegations of abuse by priests. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Pope finalizes letter on abuseupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 02:09:00

Pope Benedict XVI has signed a letter aimed at defusing anger in Ireland over a sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican cadet 'commits suicide'updated: Mon Sep 03 2007 01:11:00

A cadet in the Vatican police force was found fatally shot in the head early Monday inside the barracks, in what officials said was an apparent suicide over a breakup with a girlfriend.

Vatican airline takes to the skiesupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 03:46:00

While some passengers only turn to prayer when jolted by turbulence, the Vatican made it standard on Monday by launching the world's first airline for Catholic pilgrims.

Catholic pilgrims have own airlineupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 03:46:00

Catholic pilgrims have own airline Should the Vatican Pay for Abuse?updated: Fri Jul 20 2007 18:00:00

If the Pope exerts such authority, why is the Holy See impervious to predatory priest lawsuits?

Vatican issues "Ten Commandments" for the roadupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 05:51:00

The Vatican, the ruling body of the Catholic Church, has issued new guidelines for road users, including a drivers' "Ten Commandments". The guidelines form part of Pope Benedict XVI's mission to make Catholic teaching more appropriate to modern life and to put new technology within a Christian context.

Today's Buzz storiesupdated: Mon Nov 27 2006 11:34:00

A movie about the birth of Jesus Christ made its world premiere Sunday at the Vatican, the first time a feature film debuted here.

Pope invites Muslim envoys to meetingupdated: Fri Sep 22 2006 05:43:00

Pope Benedict XVI has invited ambassadors from Muslim nations to meet him on Monday in a bid to calm anger over his use of a medieval text saying their religion was spread by violence.

Pope 'deeply sorry' for Muslim furyupdated: Sun Sep 17 2006 10:51:00

Pope Benedict XVI has said he is "deeply sorry" for the reaction to his comments on Islam and said a quote he used from a medieval text about holy wars did not reflect his personal thoughts.

Pope upset that Muslims offendedupdated: Sat Sep 16 2006 01:30:00

Pope Benedict XVI has said he is "very upset" that his speech on Islam offended Muslims and expressed his respect for their faith, according to the Vatican.

Pope's Islam comments condemnedupdated: Fri Sep 15 2006 05:23:00

Pope Benedict XVI came under a hail of criticism from the Islamic world Friday for comments he made earlier in the week regarding the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslim faith, in some cities provoking street protests.

Pope excommunicates China bishopsupdated: Thu May 04 2006 10:39:00

The Vatican says it has excommunicated two Chinese bishops consecrated earlier this week to China's government-approved Catholic church, which is not recognized by the Holy See.

Vatican issues gay policy documentupdated: Tue Nov 29 2005 04:07:00

The Vatican has published a controversial document on gays and the Catholic priesthood, affirming its policy against gay priests but saying anyone who has "clearly overcome" homosexual tendencies can start the process of becoming a priest.

Vatican gay stance: 3-year testupdated: Wed Nov 23 2005 02:23:00

In an eagerly awaited document, the Vatican has reiterated its policy against gay priests, but has said it would allow those who have "clearly overcome" homosexual tendencies to start the process of becoming a priest.

Vatican prepares to install popeupdated: Sun Apr 24 2005 04:26:00

Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, will officially take the helm of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday before a crowd filled with dignitaries, members of his flock and a worldwide television audience of millions.

The many faces of the churchupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 08:22:00

There is one Roman Catholic Church, headquartered in the Vatican. Then there are thousands of churches -- located in rural and metropolitan, traditional and progressive, affluent and impoverished communities worldwide.

Your e-mails: North Americaupdated: Wed Apr 20 2005 09:16:00 asked users to share their thoughts about the political, spiritual, economic and other global issues the next pope will face. Here is a sampling from thousands of responses, some of which have been edited:

Benedict XVI calls for unification of Christiansupdated: Wed Apr 20 2005 00:54:00

Pope Benedict XVI outlined goals for his papacy Wednesday, including the unification of all Christians, continuing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and reaching out to people of other faiths.

Ratzinger a close confidant of John Paul IIupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 13:19:00

The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, was one of the most powerful men in the Vatican under Pope John Paul II, a strict enforcer of church doctrine who earned the nickname "Cardinal No."

Cardinals set to convene conclaveupdated: Sun Apr 17 2005 19:10:00

Shrouded in secrecy, cardinals will convene the first of a series of private meetings at the Vatican on Monday to elect a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican on lookout for eavesdroppersupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 10:39:00

From bugs to lasers to cell phones, the Vatican is on guard for high-tech eavesdropping ahead of Monday's opening of the conclave to elect a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope's tomb draws small crowdupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 05:47:00

Pilgrims have been filing past Pope John Paul II's tomb after the Vatican opened the site for the first time since the pontiff's funeral.

Cardinals go silentupdated: Sat Apr 09 2005 04:34:00

Roman Catholic cardinals preparing to elect a new pope have unanimously decided not to talk with the media, a Vatican spokesman told reporters Saturday.

Pope a champion of new technologyupdated: Fri Apr 08 2005 09:55:00

Pope John Paul II will be remembered as a great communicator not only for his language skills, but also for his use of modern technologies to reach his followers.

Vatican prepares for pope's funeralupdated: Thu Apr 07 2005 19:08:00

Thousands of mourners, including many world leaders, will gather at the Vatican Friday to pay their final respects at the funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II.

Hundreds of thousands say goodbyeupdated: Tue Apr 05 2005 00:30:00

As a line of mourners stretched for miles Tuesday to file past Pope John Paul II's body in St. Peter's Basilica, tributes also were being observed across the globe, including the pope's native Poland.

After 26-year reign, pontiff dies at 84updated: Sat Apr 02 2005 14:58:00

Pope John Paul II was remembered Saturday as a "champion of human freedom," a "tireless advocate of peace" and a man with a "wonderful sense of humor" who was easy to talk to.

Vatican: Pope has fever; condition 'very serious'updated: Sat Apr 02 2005 00:16:00

Pope John Paul II has developed a high fever and remains in a very serious condition, but is responding to his aides, the Vatican announced Saturday evening.

Pope's recent health crisisupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 09:47:00

Pope John Paul II, whose health has been increasingly fragile in recent years, has suffered a series of medical setbacks in the last two months. Some developments:

Q&A: The pope's conditionupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 02:31:00

The Vatican says the pope has suffered cardiocirculatory collapse and septic shock. CNN's Richard Quest spoke Friday to Professor Anthony Costello, head of the Department of Urology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, to determine the seriousness of the conditions. The following is a transcript of the interview:

Vatican statements on pope's conditionupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 01:56:00

The following is a translation of a statement issued by chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls Saturday morning on the health of Pope John Paul II:

Vatican source: Pope given last ritesupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 16:10:00

Pope John Paul II's condition remained "serious" early Friday, but he appeared to be responding well to antibiotic treatment for a urinary tract infection that caused him to develop a fever, a Vatican official said.

Vatican criticizes Schiavo's 'hastened' deathupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 14:53:00

A spokesman for the Vatican criticized the manner in which Terri Schiavo died Thursday.

Vatican expert: Pope won't resignupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 07:54:00

Pope John Paul II is not considering resignation despite increasingly frail health, according to a Vatican expert.

Pope being fed through a tubeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 04:15:00

Pope John Paul II is being fed through a nasal tube in an effort to boost his calorie intake, the Vatican says.

Pope misses post-Easter prayer updated: Mon Mar 28 2005 06:35:00

In another sign of his fragile health, Pope John Paul II has skipped the post-Easter Angelus prayer for the first time in his 26-year papacy.

Pope blesses jubilant Easter crowdupdated: Sun Mar 27 2005 05:06:00

An ailing Pope John Paul II has blessed tens of thousands of jubilant pilgrims and tourists marking Easter Sunday in St. Peter's Square by making the sign of the cross with his hand, but he was unable to speak.

Pope to bless the faithfulupdated: Sat Mar 26 2005 20:54:00

Pope John Paul II, recovering from last month's throat surgery, is expected to bless the faithful from his window on Easter Sunday.

Pope released from hospitalupdated: Sun Mar 13 2005 06:56:00

Pope John Paul II returned to the Vatican on Sunday after leaving Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital for the first time since he suffered breathing trouble more than two weeks ago.

Pope in hospital 'a few more days'updated: Thu Mar 10 2005 06:40:00

Pope John Paul II has accepted his doctors' advice to remain hospitalized "for a few more days," the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope delegates most Easter dutiesupdated: Tue Mar 08 2005 06:58:00

Pope John Paul II, for the first time in his papacy, has delegated senior cardinals to preside over nearly all of his Easter ceremonies, the Vatican says.

Pope expected back by Easterupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 06:46:00

The Vatican has said it expects Pope John Paul II to be released from a Rome hospital in time for Holy Week activities leading up to Easter.

Pope blesses crowds from hospitalupdated: Sun Mar 06 2005 06:25:00

For a second week, Pope John Paul II has blessed a cheering crowd gathered at his Rome hospital, where he is recovering from breathing problems, as the traditional Angelus blessing was conducted in his absence at St. Peter's Square.

Pope 'may return to Vatican by Easter'updated: Thu Mar 03 2005 07:36:00

The condition of Pope John Paul II, hospitalized since last week for breathing problems, "continues to improve," the Vatican has said in a statement.

Pope recovering well - Vaticanupdated: Mon Feb 28 2005 06:08:00

Pope John Paul II is recovering without complications in hospital following his tracheotomy operation, the Vatican has said.

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