Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Vatican’s green plastic revolution Comments 0

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

In an effort to expand the Vatican’s green environmental stance, the city state has decided not to sell any single-use plastic items after its current supplies run out. Single-use plastic include bags, water bottles, cutlery, straws and balloons. The top five single-use plastic items polluting Europe are cigarette butts, bottles and caps, food packaging, cotton Read more

Does the lifting of immunity in France mark a shift in the Vatican’s handling of abuse? Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Holy See has announced it will lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of inappropriate touching and groping by numerous men. As a result, the path is cleared for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be prosecuted by the French authorities over the allegations, with one incident said to have taken Read more

Bones found, tombs empty: mystery deepens in missing Vatican girl saga Comments 0

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Two sets of bones have been found in a stone slab, a tomb expected to have bones in it is empty and the remains of a Vatican schoolgirl missing since 1983 continue to elude searchers. The empty tomb in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College was supposedly the last resting places of two 19th-century Read more

Vatican waives papal ambassador’s diplomatic immunity Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

The Vatican has waived diplomatic immunity for its ambassador to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who is being investigated for sexual assault. In doing so, the Vatican has cleared the way for Ventura (74) to face criminal charges in France. This decision to waive diplomatic immunity is unprecedented in the history of modern Vatican diplomacy. “This Read more

Vatican says ‘no human power’ can compel priests to violate confessional seal Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

As California is currently embroiled in a battle over whether to punish priests for not breaking the seal of confession in cases when child abuse is revealed, the Vatican has issued a statement reaffirming the “inviolability” of the confidentiality of confession, and saying political pressure in this regard is a breach of religious liberty. “Every Read more

Police to open Vatican graves in murder investigation Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Two graves in a small Vatican cemetery will be opened in a renewed search for Emanuela Orlandi, a young woman who disappeared in Rome 36 years ago. Orlandi was a Vatican City resident and the daughter of a Vatican employee. She disappeared in Rome on 22 June 1983 when she was 15. In March this Read more

Austrian women’s football team regrets cancelled Vatican club game Comments 0

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Vienna’s FC Mariahilf football team has issued a statement of regret after a friendly with the Vatican women’s football team was cancelled Saturday after several FCM members lifted their jerseys whilst the Vatican anthem was playing, displaying painted ovaries and pro-abortion messages. The Vatican soccer team, who had been invited to Vienna by FCM, decided Read more

5 transgender Catholics on the Vatican’s rejection of their gender identity Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

When Colleen Fay of Mount Rainier, Maryland, came out as transgender 12 years ago to her parish music director, she was fired from her position on the choir. She later described feeling like she was in “doctrinal limbo” because there is no universal teaching on gender from the church. “I’m hurt by the Catholic Church Read more

Vatican’s 2018 financial report shows improved transparency Comments 0

Monday, May 27th, 2019

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority releases its annual report for the 2018 fiscal year, which highlights advances made to increase financial transparency and reduce money-laundering “The path we are walking upon has become a well-paved and well-regulated one.” At a press conference on Tuesday, René Brülhart, President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, or AIF, Read more

Abuse victims suing Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Five sexual abuse victims of priests will sue the Vatican to get names and details of the priests involved, an attorney for the group says. The lawsuit in the US federal court aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and “release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican Read more