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Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé is an author at Religion News Service.

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Vatican opens new investigation, alleging disgraced cardinal secretly recorded Pope Francis

By Claire Giangravé — November 28, 2022
(RNS) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prosecutors say, secretly recorded a call with Pope Francis in which he seeks to avoid a trial on corruption charges.

Pope Francis fires leadership of Catholic charity network Caritas

By Claire Giangravé — November 22, 2022
(RNS) — According to a Vatican statement, “real deficiencies were noted in management and procedures” within the charitable organizations’ leadership.

German bishops at stalemate with Vatican over women, homosexuality

By Claire Giangravé — November 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, said he will not deny blessings for same-sex couples.

Vatican denies legal claims of former Vatican auditors and investigates them instead

By Claire Giangravé — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — Libero Milone, who was hired by the pope in 2015 to oversee Vatican finances, has sued the church to restore his reputation. He believes, he said, that ‘Pope Francis’ silence on the matter is deafening.’

Canadian artist hopes to be ‘visual ambassador’ of Pope Francis’ message to poor

By Claire Giangravé — November 14, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The creator of 'Homeless Jesus,' Catholic artist Timothy Schmalz is on his way to becoming the most prolific sculptor under Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Ex-Vatican auditor, threatening to reveal all, sues church, alleging damage to his reputation

By Claire Giangravé — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Former financial auditor Libero Milone seeks his day in court after claiming he was forced to resign by a ‘small mafia’ at the Vatican.

French cardinal admits to abusing 14-year-old girl

By Claire Giangravé — November 7, 2022
RNS — Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard is a member of the Vatican department that investigates abuse cases in the church.

In Bahrain, Pope Francis to bring message of fraternity to all Islam

By Claire Giangravé — November 2, 2022
(RNS) — The historic trip is aimed at promoting dialogue between Catholics and Muslims in the interest of peace.

Members of US religious freedom panel speak out against China-Vatican deal

By Claire Giangravé — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — While Vatican officials defended the deal for promoting dialogue with China, members of the federal commission say things have only gotten worse.

Vatican synod document acknowledges calls to welcome women, LGBTQ Catholics

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — Launching the next phase of the Synod on Synodality, organizers stressed that everyone is invited in the church’s tent.

Pope Francis condemns nuclear weapons as Putin threatens escalation in Ukraine

By Claire Giangravé — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — This generation is 'at a crossroads,' the pope said. It can choose to let the planet and humanity die, or seek the path of dialogue.

Vatican extends secret deal with China on making bishops, then defends it

By Claire Giangravé — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — Church officials say the life of the church in China takes precedence over diplomatic strategizing against the leadership in Beijing.

Day in court announced for monsignor at the heart of Vatican financial scandals

By Claire Giangravé — October 20, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A key suspect turned star witness, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, will testify Nov. 23 at the Vatican financial trial of the century.

Pope Francis extends synod to 2024, urging participation, patience

By Claire Giangravé — October 17, 2022
(RNS) — The deadline for a large-scale consultation of Catholics on the future of the church has been moved to October 2024.

Vatican prosecutors focus on role of ‘Cardinal’s Lady’ in financial trial

By Claire Giangravé — October 13, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Witnesses for the prosecution highlighted Cardinal Angelo Becciu’s relationship with Cecilia Marogna.
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