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Making sense of the Vatican's looming financial scandal

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Last week, the Vatican released a mysterious statement acknowledging a raid by Vatican police on the offices of its Secretariat of State and of its financial watchdog agency, saying it was carried out by judicial order by the Vatican tribunal and with permission from unspecified 'superiors.'

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Pope Francis meets with priest to discuss LGBTQ Catholics

(RNS) — Pope Francis met one on one with American Jesuit priest James Martin at the Vatican on Monday to discuss LGBTQ Catholics, a move some advocates say is a signal of support for a priest who has come under fire for calling on Catholics to be more compassionate to LGBTQ people. Martin described the meeting as “warm and friendly and punctuated by laughter."