Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

The highs and lows of Cannes for the critics

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Remembering our friend and colleague Jean Karim Fall

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

Europe

Pope stands by Vatican’s embattled No 2. official

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-07-04

In a letter published Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI defended Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s embattled secretary of state, who has been criticised by the press and by rival factions within the Holy See.

AP - Pope Benedict XVI has defended the Vatican’s No. 2 official, saying the Italian media have leveled “unjust criticism” at Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Benedict praised the “enlightened advice” he receives from Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, saying it has been a “particular help” in recent months, reference to a scandal over leaked documents shaking the Vatican. The pope’s butler has been arrested.

The pope took his position in a brief letter issued by the Vatican on Wednesday as the pope prepares his departure for his summer retreat.

The scandal over leaks has led to Italian media reports of power struggles and high-level rifts regarding factions opposed to Bertone.

He has also generally been blamed in the secular press for a number of gaffes by Benedict.

Date created : 2012-07-04

  • VATICAN

    Vatican hires Fox News journalist to improve PR strategy

    Read more

  • VATICAN

    Pope's butler charged in ‘Vatileaks’ case

    Read more

  • VATICAN

    Sexual abuse victims want to sue Pope for crimes against humanity

    Read more

COMMENT(S)