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Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

The Vatican 2014: Key Players List


To make sense of all the latest news at the Vatican and even for some insight into what's in store for 2014, here are seven key players you'll want to keep an eye on.


At number seven, there's Orthodox leader, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Back in March, he told Pope Francis they should visit the Holy Land together, to mark the 50th anniversary of their  ecumenical reconciliation, marked by the famous hug of their predecessors. This after thousands of years of tension and mistrust.

Pope Francis accepted the invitation.

Guzman Carriquiry is a popular name at the Vatican that will surely come up quite a bit in 2014. As Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, he is an expert on matters pertaining to the Church in that continent. Back when Pope Francis was still a cardinal, Bergoglio wrote the intro of one of Carriquiry's books. He's also a personal friend of Pope Francis.

Peter Wells and Lucio Ángel Vallejo, together take the number five spot. They respectively head two committees that focus on Vatican reforms. One deals with the Vatican bank and the other oversees the financial accounts of Vatican departments. It's a delicate task that requires full attention to detail.

Fourth place is for Maria Voce, one of the most important female voices in the Catholic Church. She leads the Focolare Movement which has more than 2.5 million followers. As the Pope focuses on the role of women in the Church, Voce will surely have a lot to say. In the past she has supported complimentary participation of women in the Church, including in the Magisterium.
One of the top spots go to Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's new Secretary of State. Decades of diplomatic experience will be key as the Church  strengthens its presence across the globe. But that alone won't be enough. Parolin will also have to bring in creativity and flexibility to follow Pope Francis' vision.

At number two, there's the Council of Cardinals, which includes eight cardinals who advise the Pope on ways to improve the governance of the Church. From Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, heads the group as it tries to adapt the Church to the needs of the 21st century.

The number one spot goes to two former Popes who will be declared saints. John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized on Sunday April 27th. Perhaps yet another Pope, Paul VI, could be beatified in 2014.

up: KLH