• Facing bombshell books, the Vatican retaliates first

    • Nov 2, 2015

    One of contemporary popular fiction’s best-loved characters is Jack Reacher, the former military policeman turned wandering problem-solver who’s the hero of a series of best-selling novels by Lee Child. Perhaps Reacher’s best-known maxim is, “Get your retaliation in first.” If you know a fight is coming, in other words, don’t

  • Vatican arrests two in leak of private documents

    • Nov 2, 2015

    ROME — The Vatican on Monday announced interrogations and subsequent arrests of a cleric and of a laywoman, former insiders accused of passing confidential information on financial affairs to Italian journalists. Spanish Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian Francesca Chaouqui, who both served on a now-defunct financial reform commission,

  • Leak of pope’s climate change message: Vatican intrigue is back

    • Jun 16, 2015

    ROME — The unexpected leak of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated environmental encyclical Monday has meant the return of something that not long ago was fairly common around the Vatican but had become often dormant during the two-plus years of Francis’ mostly charmed papacy: intrigue. Who leaked it and why? Was this

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