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Vatican unveils new magazine in Latin

The Vatican on Friday presented a revamped version of its Latin-language journal "Latinitas" as it tries bid to make the dead language still used in the Catholic Church accessible to a wider audience. The first issue of the new twice-yearly magazine includes a preface written by Pope Francis, whose new Twitter account in Latin -- "Papa Franciscus" -- has reached more than 180,000 followers.

Vatican's 'culture minister' tweets Lou Reed song

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's 71-year-old culture minister, paid his own tribute on Monday to the late rocker Lou Reed, tweeting one of his best-known songs before clarifying he was not condoning any reference to drugs some have seen in the song. Ravasi, an Italian who is the same age as Reed was when he died on Sunday, tweeted the third verse from Reed's song "Perfect Day". "Oh, it's such a perfect day/I'm glad I spent it with you/Oh, such a perfect day/You just keep me hanging on".

Pope's 'prime minister' leaves hospital

The Vatican's new "prime minister", who was not able to attend his own instalment ceremony this month because he was undergoing surgery, has left hospital, the Vatican said on Friday. Monsignor Pietro Parolin formally took over as Secretary of State on October 15, replacing the scandal-tainted cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Parolin, who was appointed by Pope Francis, is a skilled Vatican diplomat and has hinted at a reformist outlook in line with the new pontiff's.

Vatican launches cricket club, challenges Anglicans

The Vatican served up tea and cucumber sandwiches on Tuesday as it launched its own cricket club, challenging the Church of England to a match and vowing to take on Indian Hindu and Muslim clerics. With the coat of arms of St Peter's as its symbol and the Vatican yellow-and-white flag as its colours, the club will unite cricket-mad priests and seminarians -- and perhaps eventually nuns.

Vatican launches cricket club, challenges Anglicans

The Vatican served up tea and cucumber sandwiches on Tuesday as it launched its own cricket club, challenging the Church of England to a match and vowing to take on Indian Hindu and Muslim clerics. With the coat of arms of St Peter's as its symbol and the Vatican yellow-and-white flag as its colours, the club will unite cricket-mad priests and seminarians -- and perhaps eventually nuns.

Vatican launches cricket club, challenges Anglicans

The Vatican served up tea and cucumber sandwiches on Tuesday as it launched its own cricket club, and challenged the Church of England to a match. With the coat of arms of St Peter's as its symbol, the club will give priests and seminarians -- and eventually nuns -- a new outlet for their sporting passions, said officials at the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Church to publish diary of confidant to WWII Pope Pius XII

Germany's Catholic Church said Tuesday it would publish the diaries of a cardinal and confidant to World War II-era pope Pius XII in a bid to clarify the pontiff's contested role during Nazism. Cardinal Michael Faulhaber's diaries will be made available online, said Munich's Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Controversy surrounds both cardinal Faulhaber (1869-1952) and Pius XII, who was pontiff from 1939 to 1958.

Vatican official blamed for spate of scandals leaves office

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The cardinal widely blamed for failing to prevent a series of ethical and financial scandals during the reign of former Pope Benedict stepped down on Tuesday, ending an era fraught with embarrassments. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 78, left his post as secretary of state, the number two in the Vatican hierarchy, and handed over the role of "deputy pope" to Archbishop Pietro Parolin, a 58-year-old career diplomat.

Diplomat replaces scandal cardinal in top Vatican post

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin. The reform-minded new Secretary of State comes in as Francis mulls an overhaul of the way the Roman Catholic Church is run that could put an end to what the pope calls a "Vatican-centric" system. The influential post is frequently referred to as the Vatican's equivalent of a prime minister. Its incumbent can represent the pontiff on some occasions, and three have gone on to be popes.

Diplomat replaces scandal-hit cardinal for top Vatican post

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin. The reform-minded new Secretary of State comes in as Francis mulls an overhaul of the way the Roman Catholic Church is run that could put an end to what the pope calls a "Vatican-centric" system. The influential post is frequently referred to as equivalent to that of a Vatican prime minister. Its incumbent can represent the pontiff on some occasions, and three have gone on to be popes.
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