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HBT: Quote of the Day II: The Pope wants you to have fun out there, guys

Tweets from the Holy See: May sports always be a means of exchange and growth, never of violence and hate. #Rio2013 #JMJ — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 25, 2013   That’s well and good, but the Pope has clearly never had anyone try to steal a base on him when they were already up by… Full story

Exclusive: Vatican, Italy near deal on bank information exchange - sources

ROME (Reuters) - Italy and the Vatican are about to reach a deal allowing for the first time regular exchange of financial information between the two states to combat money laundering, several sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Full story

News Summary: Pope creates new finance commission

NEW PANEL: Pope Francis on Friday created another commission of inquiry into the Vatican's troubled finances. Full story

Pope Francis targets child abuse, leaks in Vatican legal reform

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, acting to end years of scandals damaging the Catholic Church, overhauled Vatican law on Thursday to specify sexual violence against children as a crime and impose tough penalties for staff who leak confidential Vatican information. Full story

AP Interview: Vatican's 007 on money-laundering

The revelations of wrongdoing currently rocking the Vatican bank couldn't have come at a worse time for the Swiss-born anti-money laundering expert hired to lead the Holy See's push for greater financial transparency. Full story

Vatican posts surplus but donations drop

The Vatican posted a 2.2 million euro ($2.85 million) budget surplus for 2012, an improvement from the previous year and some good news as it struggles to cope with a scandal involving its embattled bank. Full story

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