New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and a private tour of the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and Load Error The known cost of Pruitt's previously reported trip grew this week after the agency disclosed a heavily censored document showing expenses for Pru
VATICAN CITY — The head of the Vatican's communications department has resigned over a scandal about a letter from the retired pope that he mischaracterized in public and then had digitally manipulated in a photograph sent to the media.
The Vatican said Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Monsignor Dario Vigano on Wednesday. The so-called "Lettergate" scandal erupted after Vigano read aloud a private letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI at a book launch for an 11-volume set of books about Francis' theology.
Vigano didn't read the whole letter, including where Benedict objected to one of the authors.
The Associated Press reported the photograph that Vigano's office issued had digitally blurred out the lines where Benedict began to explain that he wouldn't comment on the books. The manipulation violated photojournalism ethical standards.
Vatican: Pope did not say there is no hell .
<p>The Vatican has denied that Pope Francis told a well-known Italian journalist that "there is no hell".</p>The quote came in an article in Italy's La Repubblica daily. But the Vatican said "no quotations" in the article "should be considered as a faithful transcription" of the Pope's words.