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# Holy See

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# Rome
Hunt for identity of skeleton discovered in Vatican embassy
Another potential victim emerged today.
# Catholic Church
Mary McAleese says the Vatican is moving backwards on children's rights
The former president says the church is embroiled in a dispute with the governing body of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
# Audience with the Pope
Five years after attacking Catholic 'narcissism', Enda Kenny meets the Pope
The Taoiseach’s 2011 speech drew plaudits from victims’ groups.
# Papal Visit
Pope Francis set to visit Ireland - reports
It is thought that the visit will take place in 2018 during the World Meeting of the Families in Dublin.
# Conflict
Pope Francis recognises Palestinian statehood, and Israel isn't pleased
Israel said this development does not further the peace process.
# Cleansing the temple
The Vatican bank has closed thousands of accounts after corruption probe
Profits were nearly obliterated at the bank after extensive investigations over the last year.
# you're hired
Ireland is reopening its Vatican Embassy, here's the new Ambassador...
Emma Madigan will be in charge of Ireland’s slimmed down presence in the Holy See.
# Holy Show
Can't make it to Rome? You can watch John Paul II's canonisation live in 3D in Drumcondra
Around 5 million people are expected in Rome ahead of the ceremony to make John Paul II and John XXIII saints. If you’re not a fan of the crowds, here are the options…
# Holy See
'We genuinely closed the Vatican embassy for cost reasons... but no one believes us'
Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been discussing the still-controversial closure of the Vatican embassy 26 months ago. It has since been decided to reopen it.
# Money Money Money
The Vatican will now have its own finance ministry
Pope Francis has set it up in the wake of the scandals at the Vatican Bank.
# holy see report
"Immediate State action" needed on Magdalene justice scheme
JFM Research made the call after the United Nations denounced the Catholic Church for allowing priests to rape children.
# hello again
Government to reopen Vatican embassy, 26 months after closing it
Eamon Gilmore said the scaled-back embassy will have a staff of just one person and will help Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis.
# Birthday Boy
Pope Francis invites homeless people to breakfast for his birthday
The four homeless people attended mass and breakfast with Pope Francis for his 77th birthday today.
# Holy See
Government “is satisfied” without Vatican embassy
There is no plan to re-establish a resident embassy to the Holy See in the immediate term says Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
# Bond Market
Vatican's 007 speaks out on money laundering
Rene Bruelhart, dubbed ‘the James Bond of the financial world’, trying to root out financial crimes in the Holy See.
# Holy See
Top officials at scandal-hit Vatican bank resign
It follows the arrest of a cleric who held accounts at the institution for alleged corruption.
# Montsignor 500
'€500 note-loving priest' arrested over suspected Vatican Bank fraud
Nunzio Scarano – nicknamed ‘Montsignor 500′ because of his alleged love of €500 notes – was arrested this morning.
# Home Sweet Home
Benedict to move back to the Vatican, two months after resignation
The Pope Emeritus is likely to return to the Vatican on Thursday, a spokesman for the Holy See said.
# well holy god
IP addresses from Vatican linked to internet porn downloads
Data from a torrent monitoring website finds that addresses linked to the Holy See have been downloading explicit material.
# pope francis
Pope Francis is technically the Bishop of Kilfenora, Co Clare
Kilfenora is the last remaining parish to come under the remit of the Holy See.
# White Smoke
Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?
There are currently 209 members of the College of Cardinals – but only 115 of them get a vote in choosing the new pontiff.
# Conclave
Conclave to elect next pope will begin on Tuesday
Cardinals have chosen to bring their behind-closed-doors conclave forward by three days.
# Veil of Secrecy
'Leaks' prompt US Cardinals to call off pre-conclave press conferences
Italian newspaper reports – including comments made by some cardinals about others – have prompted a media clampdown.
# Sede Vacante
Two popes, two resignations: Benedict XVI and Celestine V‎
There’s more than a few similarities between the only two men to have resigned the papacy by choice.
# pontifex
10 most annoying replies the Pope got on Twitter
Did @Pontifex really quit because he kept getting sass tweets?
# Conclave
Benedict changes rules to allow Conclave to start earlier
Cardinals can now move the Conclave forward if they’re all present – but also have to take strict oaths of secrecy.
# Ex Benedict
Report: Pope decided to resign after internal report on adultery
La Repubblica says a report presented in December detailed breaches of the ‘sixth and seventh commandments’.
# White Smoke
A 12-century Irish saint reckons the next pope is the last
St Malachy – the first Irish saint to be canonised by a pope – had a prophecy concerning every pope between then and now.
# Sede Vacante
Glossary: Some of the terms you'll hear during the Papal election
Because of the Ingravescentem aetatem, not all of the College of Cardinals get to fill the Petrine ministry. Didn’t you know?
# Sede Vacante
Cardinal Brady notes 'significant' date of Pope's retirement news
February 11 is the World Day of the Sick, Brady notes, asking for prayers for those responsible for choosing his successor.
# Abortion
What did the Pope say about abortion yesterday?
Was Benedict referring to Ireland when he spoke of laws that “unjustly alter the balance” between mother and baby?
# pontifex
13 of the best fake tweets from the Pope
“Shark Week’s going off on the Discovery Channel.” Twitter welcomed Benedict XVI in its own special way…
# vatileaks
Vatileaks: Pope's butler to stand trial tomorrow - but may be pardoned
Vatican watchers believe that Pope Benedict could pardon Paolo Gabriele for leaking sensitive papers to a journalist.
# Vatican Bank
Cardinals split on whether to sack head of Vatican Bank
The Pope’s second-in-command reportedly wants the sacking of the bank’s president – but Cardinals aren’t so sure.
# Vatican
Pope's butler arrested over Vatican leaks - report
Vatican says man arrested today was caught in possession of secret documents.
# Nun of This
Vatican says nuns' group spends too much time on social justice
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says US nuns are too silent on matters such as the right to life.
# Vatican Embassy
Closure of Vatican embassy will not be reversed 'in the immediate term'
Labour has cited savings of €845,000 stemming from the closure of the Embassy of the Holy See in Ireland, and says that it will not be reopened in the immediate future.
Column: Are we as a Catholic Church not mature enough to listen to others?
The Vatican is investigating Fr Tony Flannery over his liberal views. But censorship is not a Christian solution, writes Fr Jimmy McPhillips.
# vatileaks
Vatican launches rare criminal probe into leaks
The Vatican is investigating the leak of confidential documents that allege corruption and financial mismanagement among Holy See officials.