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Vatican wants accountability for abusers and their protectors

VATICAN (CNS): Greg Burke, head of the Vatican press office, called the abuses described in a 900-page grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the United States “criminal and morally reprehensible.” 
 
He said, “Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur.” 
 

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Bishops of Hong Kong and Macau discuss Sino-Vatican relations with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, together with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, bishop of Macau, during their ad limina visit on the morning of June 23 for an hour and 14 minutes the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, Kung Kao Po, reported.
 
Together with the pope and the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, they discussed the ongoing dialogue with China.
 

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New draft of document on Roman Curia finalised

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will review the finalised draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman, said on June 13.
 

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Vatican bank affirms ethics over profit

VATICAN (CNS): The Institute for the Works of Religion—known as the Vatican bank—is striving to follow Catholic ethical practices in its investments, according to its latest annual report.
 
According to the 128-page report, published on May 22, the institute’s net profit for 2017 was €31.9 million ($308 million), which will all be donated to the Holy See. Net profit was down from €36 million in 2016, it said.
 

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Chinese priests greet Pope Francis at general audience

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis welcomed 26 Chinese priests to a general papal audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 25
 
They had been attending a spring session organised by the Verbiest Institute KU Leuven (Belgium), UCAN reported on April 26.
 
A priest from Inner Mongolia presented the pope with a chasuble made by Catholics from the autonomous region.
 

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Consistory to approve canonisations announced

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will preside over an ordinary public consistory on May 19 to approve several canonisations, the Vatican announced on April 11.
 
The consistory will most likely confirm the canonisation dates of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero. The meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes formally ends the process of approving a new saint.
 

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Vatican jails diplomat accused of child pornography

VATICAN (CNS): After months of investigation, Vatican police arrested Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington DC, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
 
On April 9 the Vatican said that the monsignor was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State’s promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal investigations.
 

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China presence at organ trafficking conference called window-dressing

Hong Kong (UCAN): The presence of Chinese health officials at the March 12 to 13 conference on organ trafficking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican, would be more meaningful if such meetings weren’t just mere “window-dressing,” said a human rights researcher.
 
Patrick Poon, an Amnesty International researcher, had little faith in what they had to offer.
 

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Vatican communications prefect resigns

VATICAN (CNS): After a very public controversy involving the use of a letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Monsignor Dario Vigano as prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication in March 21.
 
The controversy began on March 12 at the presentation of The Theology of Pope Francis, an 11-volume series of books (Sunday Examiner, March 18), when Monsignor Vigano read selected sentences from a letter from Pope Benedict.
 

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Hacking problems not servers at the Vatican

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican hosed a fast-paced gathering of students, developers and entrepreneurs from around the world from March 8 to 11 looking to find high-tech solutions for complex global issues.
 
The conference, VHacks: A hackathon at the Vatican, examined issues such as the migrant and refugee crisis, and focused on viewing matters from a different perspective, said Jesuit Father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
 

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