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Behind-the-scenes of the search for St. Peter’s bones

HOUSTON (CNS): Legendary oilman, George Strake, and New York Times best-selling author, John O’Neill, from Houston, Texas, the United States of America, shared a journey through centuries of history and a decades-long archaeological dig under the Vatican to unveil a story reminiscent of movie adventurer-archaeologist, Indiana Jones, complete with German Nazis in Rome.
 








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Layperson heads Pontifical Lateran University for the first time

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis named 57-year-old Vincenzo Buonomo, rector of Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University—the first layperson to head the institution, according to a Vatican press release announced June 2.
 
Effective July 1, he will succeed 67-year-old Salesian Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, who was appointed rector in 2010.
 

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Updated dicastery statutes promote feminine genius and role of women in Church

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The dicastery works to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, reciprocity, complementarity and equal dignity,” say the new statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
 
They say that in “valuing the feminine ‘genius,’ (the dicastery) offers a contribution to ecclesial reflection on the identity and mission of women in the Church and in society, promoting their participation.”
 

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Vatican finance watchdog reports progress

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF) confirmed continued progress in oversight, reporting and cooperation in its efforts to prevent suspected money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
 
In its annual report for 2017, it confirmed a “robust reporting system and an effective application of the regulatory framework of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.”
 

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Vatican expresses grave concern over missing bishop

VATICAN (SE): “The Holy See is following with grave concern the personal situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, forcibly removed from his episcopal see some time ago,” Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said in a statement on June 26, CNS reported.
 

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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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