VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 18: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (centre L) is accompanied by Prefect of the Pontifical House and former personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, Georg Ganswein (centre R) to attend a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
This is a clear indication that the Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism very seriously and that we are cooperating at the highest levels
The sight of a living Pope here in St Peter's Square taking his leave of the faithful reinforces the sense of the Catholic Church at an unprecedented moment in its extraordinary history. No other pope has ever asked over a billion Catholics throughout the world to pray for him ‘and for the new Pope’,’ as Benedict XVI did here in Vatican City.More quotes »
US diplomatic presence in Iraq shrinking fast
how sharply wartime assumptions about the extent of American influence in Iraq have shifted since construction on the Vatican City-sized compound began in 2005. Sweeping reconstruction and nation-building efforts championed early on are much less of a priority Read more »
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Pope Francis performed ‘exorcism’ in St. Peter’s Square, Italian media reports
man whom believers in the practice claim was possessed by evil. The act was carried out in St Peter’s Square, in Vatican City, after Mass on Sunday, according to TV2000, a Catholic television channel. Smiling broadly, the Pope initially shook the man’s hand, 5/21/13 from Calgary Herald Read more »
The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?
City: The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as 5/21/13 from NDTV Read more »
Boy shook when pope touched him - claim
City - The Vatican on Tuesday denied that Pope Francis had performed an exorcism after an Italian religious television channel said footage of the pontiff blessing a boy in a wheelchair showed that he had. “The Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism,” 5/21/13 from Independent Online (South Africa) Read more »
Vatican spokesman denies Pope conducted exorcism
City, May 21, 2013 / 04:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis did not perform an exorcism when he prayed over a young disabled man in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday, according to the Vatican’s spokesman. “The Pope had no intention of doing an exorcism, 5/21/13 from Catholic News Agency Read more »
Vatican forced to tighten security at the Sistine Chapel after pickpockets target huge crowds of tourists
improvedTourists are writing about their experiences on websites including TripAdvisorSome 25,000 people visit the chapel in Vatican City everyday Tourists craning their necks to admire the artwork by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel are being targeted by 5/21/13 from Daily Mail - UK Read more »