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Treasure Hunting Family Strikes Gold in Florida

The Schmitt family, who made national news over Labor Day weekend in 2013 after salvaging 60 feet of gold chain off the coast of Fort Pierce, Florida, has struck gold again. On Memorial Day of this year, Eric Schmitt recovered a 300-year-old solid gold religious artifact at the same underwater site. The square-shaped piece functioned as the back portion of …

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U.S. Nuns Crackdown by Vatican Gets Testy

When Sister Theresa Kane asked Pope John Paul II back in 1979 to consider ordaining women as priests, she probably had no idea that her quiet words would not only be televised around the world, but that they would end up echoing for at least 35 more years. Sister Theresa Kane was president of the LCWR — the Leadership Conference …

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U.S. Nuns Crackdown – Why the Fuss?

Why is the Vatican so upset with some of the nuns in the United States? Is there trouble brewing in the sisterhood that has Rome concerned? What could be so bad that it warrants a “crackdown”? The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, or LCWR, is the organization at the center of all this lately. The LCWR is the largest umbrella …

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U.S. Nuns Crackdown by Unhappy Vatican

The Vatican is unhappy with some of the nuns in the United States. It seems they are taking some liberties with teaching and behavior that the powers-that-be in Rome are not too thrilled about. This isn’t new news, per se. Under the papacy of Pope Benedict, a group of U.S. nuns were put on notice that they had to change …

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U.S. Nuns Crackdown Rolls On at Vatican

“Stifle yourself, Edith! Stifle!” – Archie Bunker The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is once again the target of a Vatican crackdown. The Conference, which is the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns, came under criticism under the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, the predecessor to Pope Francis. As far back as 1979, the group asked then-Pope John Paul II …

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Pope Francis Canonizes Two Pontiffs

Pope Francis named two distinctive papal predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, as saints before a congregation of hundreds of thousands of witnesses in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday, during an unprecedented service that was attended by Pope Benedict XVI. Historically, two former popes had never been canonized together, and a retired pope and a reigning …

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Bishop Tebartz-van Elst Dismissed by Pope

The Vatican announced Wednesday that the resignation of embattled Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had been accepted. Pope Francis had temporarily expelled the German bishop from his diocese back in October, due to his $42.7 million project to build a new residence. The Pope had initially refused to completely remove Tebartz-van Elst from his post in Limburg, though many …

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Roxana Rodriguez On Being Pregnant: “It’s Not Possible. I’m A Nun.”

A catholic nun in Italy has given birth to a healthy baby boy whom she named Francesco (Francis), after the new pope. The nun reportedly called for an ambulance on Wednesday morning after experiencing abdominal pains, which she thought were normal stomach pains. Lo and behold, she was actually pregnant, delivering a 9-pound baby. Roxana Rodriguez is a native of El …

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Nun Birth in Italy Quite the Shocker

In “oops” news, a nun who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth to a nine pound baby boy Wednesday, in the small, central Italian city of Rieti. The 31-year-old nun, originally from El Salvador, said she started having stomach pains Wednesday morning and called an ambulance. A few hours later she was in a hospital recovering from labor. “I …

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Pope Francis Greatly Limits Use of “Monsignor” Title

“I do believe the monsignor’s finally got the point.” – Connor MacManus, Boondock Saints Anyone who has watched a gangland film has heard the term “monsignor” used in relation to some priest in the neighborhood. In fact, in Hollywood’s version of life, almost any priest seems to have the title of “monsignor”. The word literally translates to “my lord,” and …

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Croatia Same-Sex Vote Goes Against Same-Sex Marriage

Croatians are strong Catholics, which might account for the majority vote against same-sex marriage in Zagreb, Croatia. This was a victory for Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest nation. The state electoral commission, citing near complete results, said 65 percent of those who voted answered “yes” to the referendum question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between …

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Two Popes Are About To Be Made Saints

According to Vatican News, a surprise announcement from Pope Francis came down on Friday. The press corps was getting ready for the Pope’s first encyclical when they were called back to a briefing for news that the Pope had signed off on orders to approve canonization – sainthood – of two of his predecessors as Pope: John XXIII and Pope …

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