Pope Francis urged Christians on Tuesday to stay close to the Holy Spirit because the worldly spirit leaves them unable to separate good from bad and makes them prone to corruption - something the pontiff described as “worse than sin.”
Financial corruption exists in the Vatican, admitted Pope Francis who described it as a “scandal,” but he also pointed out that the Vatican has taken necessary steps to deal with it, theVatican News reported Tuesday.
The pope’s chief bodyguard has resigned after an internal memo was leaked to the media, which identified five employees of the city-state who are facing investigation in the latest financial scandal gripping the Catholic Church.
The Vatican has appointed one of Italy’s top anti-mafia prosecutors to head its criminal tribunal, just days after raids were carried out in the Holy See over alleged financial wrongdoing.
The Vatican released Pope Francis’s renewed statutes for the governance of the Vatican Bank on Saturday, which will bring in an external auditor for the first time and introduce new ethical guidelines for members of the bank's staff.
Prosecutors and police in Chile raided two Roman Catholic Church offices on Wednesday to seize documents related to a sexual abuse and cover-up scandal that has dogged the institution for months,Reuters reported.
Canadian authorities have issued a warrant to arrest a Vatican diplomat who is suspected of having accessed and spread child pornography on social media during a stay at a Church in Windsor, Ontario, the Catholic Herald reported on Sunday.
The Vatican on Thursday indicted two former officials of the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome for diverting nearly half a million dollars in hospital donations to renovate the apartment of a Cardinal, the Vatican Radio reported.
As part of Pope Francis’ efforts to clean up the finances of the Holy See, the Vatican announced it froze more than two million euros (US$ 2.1 million) in 2016 suspected to be linked to money laundering.
A court in the Vatican has convicted two people for leaking confidential church documents revealing alleged corruption and mismanagement in the Catholic church – but has acquitted journalists who wrote books based on the disclosure.
Italian journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, along with three former Vatican officials, have gone on trial charged with criminal misappropriation, among other offenses, in the wake of a Vatican leaks scandal.
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