The Vatican blames market decline for $20 million deficit

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican posted its highest loss in more than a decade last year, blaming mostly the “negative trend of global financial markets.” But the Vatican City State, which is run by a different administration, reported a sizable profit, thanks to the record numbers of the Vatican Museums. By Alessandro Speciale.

Separating fact from fiction in Vatican leaks case

VATICAN CITY (RNS) For the past four months, the Vatican has been in turmoil over the publication of several internal memos in the Italian press and in a bestselling book. The case led to the unprecedented arrest of the pope's butler, but is it possible to distinguish fact from fiction in this not-so-holy whodunit? By Alessandro Speciale.