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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.


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.


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.


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.

Animals Vatican

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.


Vatican launches School of Arts and Trades for artisans of the future

The Vatican body that oversees the conservation and maintenance of St Peter’s Basilica has launched a new School of Arts and Trades to offer technical formation for future stonemasons, carpenters and marble craftspeople. Source: Vatican News.

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Pope returns Parthenon marble fragments to Greece

Expressing his desire to bear witness to “the truth”, Pope Francis is returning three marble fragments originally from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, according to the Vatican. Source: CNS.