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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘pope’

Brittany Maynard Fights For Death With Dignity Beyond Her Own Passing

The woman who chose to end her life after being diagnosed with a rare and debilitating form of brain cancer is still fighting for the right to death with dignity after her own passing on November 1. Brittany Maynard chose the date to end her suffering by ingesting prescribed barbiturates and would have turned 30 on November 19, but a …

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Vatican Cocaine: Drug-filled Condoms Seized in Transit to Catholic City

In January, German customs officials at Leipzig airport seized 340 grams (12 ounces) of cocaine packed into 14 condoms that were en route to the Vatican city. WHOA. PAUSE. SAY WHAT? According to the New York Post, a weekly report by Bild am Sonntag shared Sunday how the shipment of cocaine was packaged in pillow cushions, addressed to the Vatican Post …

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Pope Francis Hints Catholic Church Could Support Same-Sex Civil Unions

In an interview published on the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Serra, Pope Francis affirmed the Catholic Church’s position against same-sex marriage, but hinted that it may support same-sex civil unions. In the interview, Pope Francis said that matrimony is between a man and a woman, but same-sex civil unions are a way to guarantee health care and property rights. The …

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Pope Drops F Bomb Accidentally During Speech

The Pope may need to ask for forgiveness from God and everyone else who heard his recent speech. While in the middle of giving the weekly blessing at the Vatican, Pope Francis accidentally dropped the F Bomb. Pope Francis was trying to say the word “caso,” which means “case” in Italian, but said “cazzo,” which is the Italian equivalent of …

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Pope Francis Draws 3 Times More People Than Benedict

In the 9 months since his installment, Pope Francis has been full of surprises. The fact that he was the first non-European pope in 1300 years started things off. But it only got better from there. Now Reuters reports that Pope Francis, in just those 9 months, has drawn triple the crowds that his predecessor, Pope Benedict, did in the …

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Pope Francis Upstaged By Young Boy

On Saturday Pope Francis gave a speech at the Vatican. Several children were invited to sit near the front of the stage while the Pope addressed an audience of thousands at St Peter’s Square. For one boy, sitting among the other children wasn’t enough. He decided to kick-it on stage with the Pope. Vatican security tried to shoo the boy …

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Pope Francis Boots “Bishop of Bling”

On Wednesday, German bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, aka the “bishop of bling” was temporarily expelled from the Pope’s diocese pending the result of a church inquiry into his lavish 31 million-euro ($42 million) residence. The German church is currently carrying out an investigation into his role in the multi-million dollar home construction. There has been no word from the Vatican …

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“Jesus” Misspelled On Medals, Become Extra Valuable

Thousands of medals have been recalled by the Vatican after it was discovered that “Jesus” had been spelled “Lesus”. The medals–more than 6,000 in all–were minted to commemorate Pope Francis’ papacy and were put up for sale at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter’s Square before the spelling error was noticed, and it’s estimated that about four were sold …

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Pope Francis Reaches Out to Atheists

Eugenio Scalfari, a self-described “non-believer”, co-founder and former editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, asked in two letters some theological questions for Pope Francis. In one of Scalfari’s questions to the Pope, he asked whether or not “God forgives those who do not believe and do not seek faith.” On Wednesday, Scalfari received a three paged, 2,500-word letter straight from …

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Marijuana Legalization Vote Passes in Uruguay

When one thinks about global trendsetters, perhaps one of the last countries to make the list would be Uruguay. However, the small South American country (whose economy centers around farming and is perhaps best known for the fun pronunciation of its name) just voted on a bill that would lead toward a state-controlled marijuana business. Late Wednesday night, government officials …

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Pope Francis Says Gays Should Not Be Marginalized

The Catholic church at large has a very rocky relationship when it comes to LGBTQAI+ issues; most everyone is familiar with some variety of priest joke, and most of those same people are familiar with the Catholic stance against marriage equality and non-heteronormative behavior, in general. All in all, not a very friendly case file. However, because of a delightfully …

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Pope’s Car Makes Wrong Turn, Hits Mob

The LA Times reports that Pope Francis’ car took a wring turn yesterday and ended up smack in the middle of a mob of people. Pope Francis has been in Brazil for several days, celebrating World Youth Day and visiting different areas. He was headed to a stop in Rio de Janeiro, along an established and secure motorcade route, when …

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