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Police officer on duty at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

Italian judge issues arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, who brokered Vatican property deal

An Italian magistrate has issued an arrest warrant for Gianluigi Torzi, a broker who is under investigation due to his... Read more

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Is Vatican City’s judicial system in peril?

The U.K. court ruling that overturned an account seizure request by Vatican City prosecutors has raised questions about the reliability... Read more

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Vatican ‘security consultant’ Cecilia Marogna lodges complaint over confiscated cellphone

Cecilia Marogna, an Italian woman expected to face trial at the Vatican on charges of embezzlement, has lodged an appeal... Read more

A Vatican City flag seen from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy, on March 12, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican says trial of Italian woman for alleged embezzlement will begin soon

The Vatican announced on Monday that the trial of an Italian woman for alleged embezzlement would begin soon.  Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, speaks at a press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

Vatican Secretary of State knew of investment now under investigation

A letter by Cardinal Pietro Parolin leaked to an Italian news outlet shows that the Secretariat of State was aware,... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

After Secretariat of State shakeup, what’s next for Curia reform?

The draft of the delayed document that will reform of the Roman Curia gives the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a... Read more

Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Cardinal Parolin admitted to hospital for surgery

The Vatican Secretary of State was admitted to a Roman hospital Tuesday for a scheduled surgery to treat prostate enlargement.  Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 27, 2017.

Pope Francis transfers financial administration out of Secretariat of State

Pope Francis has requested that all responsibility for financial funds and real estate assets, including a controversial London property, be... Read more

The Palace of Justice in Milan, Italy.

Italian 'security consultant' freed from jail until Vatican extradition request decided

An Italian woman under investigation by Vatican authorities for suspected embezzlement was released from a jail in Milan on Friday,... Read more

The AIF in the Vatican.

Analysis: 2020, the year to make or break Vatican finances?

The Holy See is facing a perfect storm of a massive income shortfall, months of financial scandal, and a looming... Read more

A bishop surveys the construction of a separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Vatican tells Israel, US that annexation could jeopardize peace process

Ahead of possible Israeli action to annex Palestinian territories, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with the... Read more

Police officer on duty at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

Vatican official raided over London property deal investigation

Vatican authorities have seized documents and computers belonging to a senior curial official as part of an investigation into financial... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope appoints first woman to managerial position in Secretariat of State  

Pope Francis has named Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni as undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State, marking... Read more

Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti.

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican security

Pope Francis Tuesday appointed the second-in-command of Vatican security to head the City State's national police force, after the resignation... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican prosecutors conduct raid on Secretariat of State offices

Vatican prosecutors seized documents and electronic devices in a raid executed Tuesday at the offices of the most senior curial... Read more

Members of a Venezuelan delegation sent by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to meet with Italy's Interior Minister pose in Rome, Feb. 11, 2019.

Holy See receives Venezuelan opposition delegation

The Vatican Secretariat of State received Monday a delegation from Venezuela affiliated with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope names long-time Vatican diplomat as deputy of Secretariat of State

Pope Francis Wednesday named Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps for over 25 years, the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Waiting for a new deputy at the Vatican Secretariat of State

Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families will be likely his first international trip not to... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican diplomat hopeful about prospect of peace on Korean peninsula

The Vatican's top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace on the Korean peninsula will bear... Read more

Then-Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015. Becciu was made a cardinal June 28, 2018.

Now a cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu heads to congregation for saints' causes

Newly-minted Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu will resign from his post as substitute of the Secretariat of State tomorrow, in anticipation... Read more