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