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Vatican closes embassy in Nicaragua after Ortega’s crackdown

The Vatican has closed its embassy in Nicaragua after the country’s government proposed suspending diplomatic relations, the latest episode in a years-long crackdown on the Catholic Church by the administration of President Daniel Ortega. Source: Sight Magazine.

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Vatican negotiating with China to make agreement ‘work better’

The Vatican’s foreign minister has said that the Vatican-China deal was “not the best deal possible” and that negotiations are underway to make the deal “work better”. Source: CNA.

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Pope appoints five cardinals to advisory council

Pope Francis has revamped his advisory body of cardinals by appointing five new members, including Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, one of the leaders of the global synod process. Source: The Tablet.

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Vatican to return fragments of Parthenon statues to Greece

The Vatican and Greece yesterday finalised a deal for the return of three sculpture fragments from the Parthenon that have been in the Vatican Museums’ collection for two centuries. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope cuts free and discounted rent for high-level Vatican officials

Pope Francis has cut housing perks for Vatican managers and cardinals in order to save the Church money. Source: CNA.

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Expanding outreach to Islam, Vatican establishes diplomatic ties with Oman

In another sign of Pope Francis’ consistent outreach to Islam, the Vatican has established full diplomatic relations with Oman, further extending the Holy See’s relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Source: Crux.

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Pope nationalises Vatican assets, property in new reform

Pope Francis has essentially nationalised all assets and property owned by Vatican departments and affiliated institutions, declaring them to be sovereign patrimony owned by the Holy See and not any individual or office. Source: NCR Online.

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Pope and almoner under fire after circus performance

Pope Francis and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski have come under fire from animal rights activists after the papal almoner participated in a circus performance on Saturday that included elephants. Source: Crux. 

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Pope appoints American as head of Dicastery for Bishops

Pope Francis has named an American as the next prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops to succeed Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Source: CNA.