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Pope expands sex abuse law, reaffirms adults can be victims

Mar. 25, 2023 11:02 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday updated a 2019 church law aimed at holding senior churchmen accountable for covering up sexual abuse cases, expanding it to cover lay Catholic leaders and reaffirming that vulnerable adults and not just children can be victims of abuse when they are...

Pope expands norms to fight sex abuse to cover lay leaders, reaffirms that vulnerable adults can also be victims.

Mar. 25, 2023 07:06 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope expands norms to fight sex abuse to cover lay leaders, reaffirms that vulnerable adults can also be victims.

With eye on British Museum, Greece welcomes back ancient art

Mar. 24, 2023 16:36 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece on Friday welcomed the return of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis, furthering a campaign to press the British Museum to hand back a collection of sculptures taken from the ancient site in Athens more than 200 years ago. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni...

Pope promotes 'humanitarian corridors' for asylum-seekers

Mar. 18, 2023 14:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Saturday with thousands of refugees and charity groups hosting them in Italy as he sought to promote legal migration routes to Europe as an alternative to smuggling operations that he said have turned the Mediterranean Sea into a “cemetery.” ...

Vatican closes embassy in Nicaragua after Ortega's crackdown

Mar. 18, 2023 11:08 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Saturday it had closed its embassy in Nicaragua after the country's government proposed suspending diplomatic relations, the latest episode in a yearslong crackdown on the Catholic Church by the administration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. ...

2nd Vatican official says pope OK'd ransom payments for nun

Mar. 17, 2023 12:57 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A second high-ranking Holy See official told a Vatican court on Friday that Pope Francis had authorized spending hundreds of thousands of euros in ransom payments to try to free a nun who was kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Mali. Archbishop Edgar Pena...

Vatican unveils new ethnographic display of Rwanda screens

Mar. 16, 2023 16:40 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican Museums officially reopened its African and American ethnographic collections Thursday by showcasing intricately restored Rwandan raffia screens that were sent by Catholic missionaries to the Vatican for a 1925 exhibit. The display at the Anima Mundi...

Pope sought to lose 'as little as possible' in London deal

Mar. 16, 2023 15:17 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave clear indications to get out of a disastrous London real estate deal by saying the Vatican must “start over and lose as little money as possible," an exit strategy that eventually involved paying off a broker 15 million euros, the Holy See’s No. 3...

10 iconic moments in Pope Francis' first 10 years as pontiff

Mar. 13, 2023 04:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marks the 10th anniversary of his election as pope on Monday. During that decade, several historic occasions, as well as several unplanned events, helped define the contours and priorities of history's first Latin American pontiff. Visits with refugees in Italy...

Nicaragua proposes suspending Vatican ties after comments

Mar. 12, 2023 19:05 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua ’s government said Sunday it has proposed suspending relations with the Vatican days after Pope Francis reportedly compared President Daniel Ortega’s administration to a communist or Nazi dictatorship amid a crackdown on the Catholic Church in the Central...