{FD} Vatican court rejects motions to dismiss in hospital case

A Vatican tribunal rejected attempts by two former executives of the pope's children's hospital to dismiss an embezzlement case, asserting Tuesday it could prosecute them on charges they diverted nearly a half-million euros in hospital donations to renovate a top cardinal's penthouse.

{FD} Vatican trial dawns for alleged misuse of hospital donations

Other than St. Peter's Basilica, there is hardly better real estate in Vatican City than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the hotel that Pope Francis calls home.

{FD} Romanian Nazi victims now eligible for German compensation

About 1,000 living survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania are now eligible for compensation from the German government, an organization that negotiates with Germany on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis, said Wednesday The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany Conference said Jews who survived the 1941 pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi and the subsequent "death trains" where many died of suffocation and dehydration can now start receiving monthly payments.

{FD} Italy uses imams in prisons to deter extremism among inmates

Italy's plan to reduce the risk of a jihadi-inspired attack is pinned in small part on El Hacmi Mimoun, an imam who bikes to the prison here every week and exhorts Muslim inmates not to stray from life's "right path" or hate people who aren't Muslim.

{FD} Aga Khan marks 60 years as leader of Ismaili Shiites

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, is opening a yearlong jubilee to mark his 60th anniversary leading the community with a call Tuesday for greater respect for pluralism in the Islamic world and action to reduce poverty.

{FD} US envoy urges Myanmar to give visas to UN rights mission

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging the international community "to stand together" and call on Myanmar's government to cooperate with a U.N. mission charged with probing alleged abuses by military and security forces, including against the minority Rohingya Muslim community.

{FD} Vatican Cardinal returns to Australia to face sexual assault charges

The most senior Vatican cleric to ever be charged in the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal returned to Australia on Monday to stand trial in his home state on charges alleging he sexually assaulted multiple people years ago.

{FD} Cardinal lands in Australia to face sexual abuse charges

The most senior Vatican cleric to be implicated in the Roman Catholic Church child abuse scandal has returned to Australia to stand trial in his home state on multiple charges of sexual assault from years ago.