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Historic Vatican trial may change Catholic Church’s finances forever

Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu Sept 2020

Vatican CityReuters A landmark fraud trial of 10 people including a cardinal begins in the Vatican on Tuesday in what officials hope will be a turning point in its financial credibility and show that no-one is above the law. The headliner at the trial is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, formerly a senior official in the […]

Rio de Janeiro’s Christ statue: “Thou shalt not bribe”

Brazil Rio de Janeiro Christ the Redeemer

Rio de Janeiro, BrazilAP After years of Brazilians being battered by revelations of bribery and corruption, Rio de Janeiro’s huge Christ the Redeemer statue is trying to set a moral example – by introducing its own compliance program. Administrators of the 38 metre tall figure overlooking the “Marvelous City” announced a program Tuesday to bring […]

Top fashion brands found making little progress in transparency index

Fashion Tom Ford Switzerland

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Max Mara, Pepe Jeans and Tom Ford are among the least transparent fashion brands when it comes to providing information about their supply chains, according to an index published on Tuesday that found little progress in the industry. The annual index by advocacy group Fashion Revolution – now in its fifth […]

UK public trusts charities less than average person in the street

Thomson Reuters Foundation The British public places less trust in charities than in the average person in the street, regulators said on Tuesday, following a year in which sex abuse scandals rocked the sector. Nearly half the respondents in a survey said their trust in charities had fallen, compared to a third in 2016 and […]