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Vatican pauses decree revoking school's Catholic status for refusing to fire a gay teacher

Vatican pauses decree revoking school's Catholic status for refusing to fire a gay teacherBrebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School's appeal to the Vatican over its suspension by the Indianapolis archbishop is ongoing.



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Vatican seeks trial for seminarian accused of sex abuse

Vatican seeks trial for seminarian accused of sex abuseThe Vatican’s criminal prosecutor is seeking to indict a one-time seminarian accused of sexually abusing younger seminarians who lived inside the Vatican and served as altar boys at papal Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican said Tuesday an indictment was also being sought for the former rector of the Vatican’s St. Pius X youth seminary, who is accused of aiding and abetting the crime. The scandal at the Holy See’s own youth seminary is particularly grave, given that the alleged misconduct occurred inside the Vatican’s own walls and was covered up for years until it was exposed by Italian journalists in 2017.



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Where's the pope? Stuck in Vatican elevator until rescue

Where's the pope? Stuck in Vatican elevator until rescueThousands of people who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday on-the-dot-of-noon appearance by Pope Francis were watching for the window of the Apostolic Palace to be thrown open so they could listen to the pope’s remarks and receive his blessing. Then Francis popped out and answered their question: “First of all I must excuse myself for being late. Apparently referring to electrical power, Francis explained that there was a “drop in tension,” causing the elevator to get stuck.



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Pope Francis trapped in Vatican lift for 25 minutes

Pope Francis trapped in Vatican lift for 25 minutesIt has long been claimed by supporters of the Catholic faith that God moves in mysterious ways.  But so, apparently, does Pope Francis's personal lift in the Vatican – which broke down on Sunday, trapping the world's most powerful clergyman inside for 25 minutes.  The 82-year-old pontiff had to be freed by Vatican firefighters after an electrical fault brought his tiny private lift to a halt inside the ornate Apostolic Palace.  He arrived about 10 minutes late for his regular Sunday audience after the rescue team was called to repair the lift and to free him.  “I have to apologise for being late, but there was an accident,” the pope said with a smile. “I was trapped inside an elevator for 25 minutes." “Thank God the firefighters arrived, I want to thank them so much.” The firefighters were quickly summoned from their station inside the Vatican walls just a few hundred yards from where the pontiff was trapped. Once freed, the relieved pontiff asked the pilgrims gathered in the square to give the fire brigade a round of applause.  The small private lift is known as the “little elevator of Pope Sixtus” because it links the courtyard named after the 16th century pope to the lavishly decorated papal apartment which Francis has shunned since his election in 2013. Pope Francis shaking hands with France's Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Credit: AFP He lives at the Santa Marta residence inside the Vatican walls but continues the tradition of blessing the crowds from the palace window every Sunday. In a separate statement on Sunday, Francis called for urgent action to stop the planet’s environmental destruction and warned the Amazon was “gravely threatened” in a reference to the fires that have recently ravaged the region. He challenged governments to take “drastic measures” to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency. He blamed “sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit” for the damaging effects of climate change in a message to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. It is not the first time the Catholic Church’s first Latin American pope has lashed out about the damage caused by the Amazon fires. Last week he called for united action to extinguish the fires saying “that lung of forests is vital for our planet”. The pope said the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit was of particular importance. “There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels, in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals.” Francis has made environmental protection one of the hallmarks of his papacy and openly clashed with climate change skeptics like American President Donald Trump, who took the US out of the Paris climate accord. “We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own,” said Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billon Roman Catholics.



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First bishop ordained in China under Vatican deal

First bishop ordained in China under Vatican dealA Chinese Catholic bishop has been ordained with the joint approval of the Pope and Beijing for the first time under an agreement intended to encourage a rapprochement between China and the Holy See. China’s roughly 12 million Catholics have for decades been split between a government-run association, whose clergy were chosen by the atheist Communist Party, and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.



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Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teenThe Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery earlier this month that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery. The graves of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1836 and 1840, were exhumed after an anonymous tip-off that they may hold the remains of a missing Italian youngster.



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Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert saysThe expert, Giorgio Portera, said the “enormous” size of the collection under the Teutonic College was revealed when Vatican-appointed experts began cataloguing the remains, which were discovered last week . “We didn’t expect such an enormous number” of bones and other remains which “had been thrown into a cavity,” Portera said. “We want to know why and how” the bones ended up there.



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Bones found after tombs exhumed in hunt for girl who went missing in Vatican City 30 years ago

Bones found after tombs exhumed in hunt for girl who went missing in Vatican City 30 years agoThirty years after the disappearance of the 15-year old daughter of a Vatican City employee, a case that has mystified Rome for decades, the Vatican has announced that two sets of bones have been found under a stone manhole cover in one of its cemeteries.   A request from the family of the missing girl, Emanuela Orlandi, prompted the Vatican to open the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College on Thursday this week. The family had received an anonymous tip that Orlandi's remains might be buried in that area of the cemetery.  However, after two hours of work, the team found the graves completely empty – containing neither the expected remains of the princesses or any clues to the more modern mystery.   Following the fruitless exhumation, Vatican police decided to hold new searches in the area of the cemetery where the remains of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, should have been.  Vatican authorities said their bones could have been moved over the years due to structural works at the cemetery in the 1960s and 1970s. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Saturday the searches had centered on the area adjacent to the princesses' tombs, inside the Pontifical Teutonic College. There investigators identified two ossuaries – or set of bones – located under the pavement of an area covered by a manhole.  Mr Gisotti added the area was immediately sealed off and the ossuaries will be opened in the presence of forensic experts on July 20 for further investigations.  The two set of bones could belong to the two princesses, but could also bring the search for Orlandi a step forward.  The daughter of a Vatican bank employee, Orlandi disappeared in June 1983 after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment for a music lesson in Rome. Over the years,there have been many rumours, some wilder than others, about what happened to her – including conspiracies tied to the Mafia, the Vatican bank scandal and the plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The new inspections were a result of the ongoing efforts of the Orlandi family to find the truth about the disappearance of their relative. The Vatican gave the green light to the exhumations after the family received an anonymous note last summer, hinting that the girl's remains might be in one of the two graves located in the Vatican's Teutonic Cemetery.  According to the letter, Orlandi’s body should have been found in the tomb that an angel holding a sheet saying: “Rest in peace” points to from its location on the cemetery wall.



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Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are foundThe mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery. The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone slab that will be formally opened next week. The new discovery came after Vatican on Thursday pried open the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College in hopes of finding the remains of Emanuela Orlandi.



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Pope signs law to prevent child abuse in Vatican and its embassies

Pope signs law to prevent child abuse in Vatican and its embassiesAlthough the city state within Rome is tiny, and very few children live there, the sweeping legal changes reflect a desire to show that the Catholic Church is finally acting against clerical child abuse after decades of scandals around the world. It is the first time a unified and detailed policy for the protection of children has been compiled for the Vatican and its embassies and universities outside the city state. The law sets up procedures for reporting suspected abuse, imposes more screening of prospective employees, and sets strict guidelines for adult interaction with children and the use of social media.



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