Pope Francis replaces top conservative Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller with Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer

Pope Francis (L) talks with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, November 19, 2014. (Photo by AP) Pope Francis has refused to extend the mandate of the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases, replacing the conservative cardinal who is said to have been “at odds” with the […]

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Vatican’s most senior figure in Australia Cardinal George Pell charged with historical sexual offenses

Vatican Finance Chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media via video-link to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, at the Quirinale hotel in Rome, Italy, March 3, 2016. (Photo by AFP) Australian police have charged Cardinal George Pell, the third-ranking official in the Vatican and Australia’s most prominent […]

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Australian police interview Vatican cardinal George Pell about allegations of sexual assault

Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and one of his most trusted aides. Photo / AP Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said yesterday. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and one of his most trusted aides, […]

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Vatican City

Vatican City, independent state within Rome, Italy, that is ruled by the pope and serves as the world headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Entirely surrounded by Rome, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with an area of 44 hectares (110 acres).Vatican City occupies a triangular area on Vatican Hill in northwestern Rome, just west of the […]

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