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German Catholic clergy rebel against Vatican over same-sex unions

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German Catholic theologians and clergy have mobilized against a recent ruling from the Vatican that said the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions. The ruling "is characterized by a paternalistic gesture o...

Vatican says it will not bless same-sex unions, calling homosexuality a ‘sin’ and a ‘choice’

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Rome The Vatican said Monday that the Catholic Church would not bless same-sex unions, in a statement approved by Pope Francis that threatens to widen the chasm between the church and much of the LGBTQ community. Exp...

Vatican bank’s former chief found guilty of money laundering, sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison

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The former head of the Vatican bank, Angelo Caloia, has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for money laundering and aggravated embezzlement. The 81-year-old was handed an eight year, 11 month jail term o...

Vatican OKs getting Covid-19 vaccines that used cell lines from aborted fetuses

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Being vaccinated against Covid-19 is morally acceptable, the Vatican deemed, after some anti-abortion groups raised concerns about how the vaccines were manufactured. Some groups had suggested the coronavirus vaccin...

Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March, Vatican says

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Rome Pope Francis will travel to Iraq in March 2021, the Vatican press office announced on Monday. His trip to the war-torn country could be his first trip outside of Italy since the coronavirus pandemic began. Fra...

Vatican asks Instagram to get to the bottom of Pope account’s lingerie model ‘like’

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The Vatican is seeking an explanation from Instagram, after the official account of Pope Francis liked a photograph of a lingerie-clad Brazilian model. A photograph of model Natalia Garibotto, who was dressed in sc...

Vatican admits Pope John Paul II was warned about abusive archbishop Theodore McCarrick, while clearing Francis

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Rome The late Pope John Paul II was warned about allegations of sexual impropriety by then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, but chose to promote him to Archbishop of Washington anyway following McCarrick's own denials ...

4 Swiss Guards test positive for Covid-19, Vatican says

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Four members of the Vatican's Swiss Guard tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend and are in isolation. The guards all have symptoms and contact tracing is being carried out among those who may have had direct...

Cardinal proclaims innocence after resigning in Vatican financial scandal

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One of the Vatican's powerful cardinals has resigned from his post amid a growing financial scandal. Giovanni Angelo Becciu says he was accused of embezzlement and proclaimed his innocence during a press conference ...

Vatican strongly condemns euthanasia, calling it an ‘act of homicide’

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Rome The Vatican has condemned euthanasia in its strongest language yet, calling it an "act of homicide" that can never be justified, in a document issued Tuesday. The 17-page document, published by the Vatican's doc...