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Appeals court dismisses sexual abuse lawsuit against Vatican

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At the request of a man allegedly abused by a priest in 1965, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case claiming the Vatican was the priest's employer and could be liable for damages.

Jeffrey Lena, the counsel for the Holy See, said in a statement that the lawsuit "never should have been filed in the first place."

Vatican bank launches website to boost transparency, media relations

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In an effort to shake its image as a secretive, scandal-ridden institute and improve its relationship with the media, the Vatican bank has launched its own website.

"It is an important part of transparency to launch a website," said Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank.

The site for the bank -- formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion -- went live Wednesday at ior.va.

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