Journalists claim freedom of press at ‘VatiLeaks’ trial

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal. All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the…

Laity included in oversight panel for Vatican finances

February 28, 2014, edition Catholic News Service In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See…