The Vatican contends that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu gave €600,000 to a charity run by his brother in Sardinia. File photograph: Getty

Oh dear. It was Jesus himself who advised: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise(...)

Assets that would never be sold and thus have no market value -- including St Peter’s Basilica (pictured), the Sistine Chapel and priceless art treasures by Michelangelo -- will be included in financial statements though the Vatican is still considering whether and how they should be valued. (Photograph: CLAUDIO ONORATI/EPA)

Pope Francis, galvanised by a scandal over Vatican finances, has ordered the most powerful bodies in the city-state to launch an unprecedented audit (...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)