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Women with plenty to tell the Vatican

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican sponsored its first Women Consultation Group to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8. The first gathering was made up of 37 women from a variety of fields including medicine, journalism, theology and politics, among others.

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Diplomatic link between Vatican and Myanmar

NAYPYIDAW (SE): The parliament of the Union of Myanmar in Myanmar approved a proposal to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See during a session on March 10.

The vote confirmed a government decision to formally set up full diplomatic relations with the Holy See. To date, Myanmar has maintained some relationship through an apostolic delegate based in Bangkok.

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Vatican diplomacy at Davos Forum

DAVOS (SE): Cardinal Pietro Parolin listed what he called the three priorities for Vatican diplomacy during a discussion panel at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland on January 18, saying that fighting poverty, building bridges and achieving peace in concrete situations sit at the top.

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China and Vietnam are unrelated realities

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government-sanctioned Catholic organisations in China held their Ninth National Congress for Catholic Representatives in December 2016.

What is worrying is that this congress claims to be the supervisor of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, while the conference itself claims authority over individual diocesan bishops.

Neither of these two practices are compatible with Canon Law or the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

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Jail time sought for Vatican Bank directors

ROME (SE): The prosecutor in the case against the former directors of the Institute for Religious Works, more commonly known as the Vatican Bank, asked for jail sentences on January 20 for Paulo Cipriani and Massimo Tulli for their part in breaching Italy’s anti-money-laundering laws.

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Vatican judges apparition inauthentic

LIPA (UCAN): A Vatican decision overruling the local bishop on the validity of reported miracles and Marian apparitions at the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa, The Philippines, around 60 years ago has left some people confused.

“People are unhappy, unsatisfied and not at peace with themselves,” retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said, adding that some followers of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces have been asking for some sort of a review.

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