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Vatican convicts ex-bank chief in property embezzlement scam

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s criminal tribunal on Thursday convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling millions of euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real e...

Pope moves Down syndrome MD-advocate closer to sainthood

ROME (AP) — The French doctor who discovered the genetic basis of Down syndrome but spent his career advocating against abortion as a result of prenatal diagnosis has taken his first major step to pos...

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belg...

Italian PM Conte works to cement majority after narrow vote

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte worked to solidify his majority in parliament Wednesday after narrowly winning a Senate confidence vote after a junior coalition ally yanked his support over...

Italy court weighs extradition to Vatican in fair trial case

ROME (AP) — A Milan court on Monday begins weighing whether to extradite an Italian woman to the Vatican to face embezzlement-related charges in a case that could test whether Italy considers the Vati...

Spain: Judge orders incapacitated woman to get virus vaccine

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A judge in northwest Spain has overruled a family's objections and decided to allow health authorities to administer a coronavirus vaccine to an incapacitated woman in a nursin...

Belgian high schoolers demand to get back in-person learning

BRUSSELS (AP) — A late-stage side effect of the coronavirus pandemic has turned up in Belgium, where a group of teenagers is begging to go back to school. Fed up with the COVID-19 r...

Probe highlights Vatican legal system's limited protections

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A criminal investigation into a Vatican real estate investment is exposing weaknesses in the city state’s judicial system and a lack of some basic protections for those accused — h...

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines

In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acc...

French vaccine rollout slowed by focus on elderly, red tape

PARIS (AP) — The few hours it took to give the first coronavirus vaccine shots to 14 residents of the John XXIII nursing home — named after a pope and not far from the birthplace in eastern France of ...

WHO blames spiked Italy report on error, "overlooked" rule

ROME (AP) — The World Health Organization denied Thursday that Italian officials pressured it to spike a report into Italy’s coronavirus response but said the U.N. agency should have shared the docume...

Stunned EU leaders yearn for Biden presidency -- ASAP

BRUSSELS (AP) — For European Union nations, Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration as the next U.S. president cannot come fast enough. Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by suppor...

Australian agency reviewing data on Vatican money transfers

ROME (AP) — The Australian government’s financial intelligence agency said Thursday it is reviewing its data after questions were raised about its report that $1.8 billion were transferred from the Va...

Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings following its bungled management of hundreds of millions of euros in do...

Italy enters Christmas lockdown limiting holiday travel

ROME (AP) — Police in Italy enforced new COVID-19 travel restrictions aimed at limiting far-flung families from gathering over Christmas as public health officials appealed Thursday for people to use ...