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

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

By Jasmine Allen March 24, 2014

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 …

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst Expelled by Pope Francis Bishop Tebartz-van Elst Expelled by Pope Francis

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 …

“Jesus” Misspelled On Medals, Become Extra Valuable “Jesus” Misspelled On Medals, Become Extra Valuable
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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 …

Pope to Atheists: "Abide by your conscience" Pope to Atheists: "Abide by your conscience"
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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 …

Marijuana Legalization Vote Passes in Uruguay Marijuana Legalization Vote Passes in Uruguay
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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 …

Pope Francis Says Gays Should Not Be Marginalized Pope Francis Says Gays Should Not Be Marginalized
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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 …

Pope's Car Makes Wrong Turn, Hits Mob 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 …

Follow the Pope's Tweets, Get Time Off Purgatory Follow the Pope's Tweets, Get Time Off Purgatory

The Guardian is reporting that the Catholic Church is putting together a something-old-something-new combination that they hope catches on. They are pairing indulgences with social media. You remember indulgences from history class in school? It was one of the points …

Vatican Scandal Prompts Resignations Vatican Scandal Prompts Resignations
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Late last week we brought you news that a Vatican official had been arrested for allegedly participating in a scheme to smuggle millions of euros into Italy from Switzerland. The arrest, which was part of a lengthy investigation, came just …

Pope: Mafia Must "Convert To God" Pope: Mafia Must "Convert To God"
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Pope Francis, who recently made some controversial statements about atheists, has now targeted the Italian mafia. Reuters reports that the Pope urged members of the mafia to repent this week after he beatified Giuseppe Puglisi. Puglisi was a Sicilian priest …

Pope: Atheists Are Good People Too Pope: Atheists Are Good People Too
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In a surprising move, Pope Francis has come out in defense of atheists. Reuters reports that the Pope recently spoke on atheists and said that those who do good, regardless of their beliefs, are redeemed. Here are his remarks via …

Sistine Chapel Closes Ahead of Papal Conclave Sistine Chapel Closes Ahead of Papal Conclave
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In order to prepare for the upcoming Papal Conclave, the Vatican today closed the Sistine Chapel to visitors. As of 1 pm today, the chapel, famous for its renaissance frescoes, will be closed to the public until the process of …

Native American Saint: Pope Makes History Native American Saint: Pope Makes History
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History has been made now that Pope Benedict XVI has named the first-ever Native American Saint. Kateri Tekakwitha, of the Mohawk tribe, is said to have devoted her life to God and is being recognized by the Catholic church with …

Vatican Butler Ordered to Stand Trial Vatican Butler Ordered to Stand Trial

Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler has been ordered by the Vatican to stand trial over a whistle-blowing scandal that has been simmering since May. Paolo Gabriele was arrested on May 25 after leaking many confidential Vatican letters addressed to the …

The Pope Isn't Giving Up Twitter For Lent The Pope Isn't Giving Up Twitter For Lent

Okay, okay – that second part isn’t true. However, if you did put the brakes on your dedicated Twittering for Lent, you may miss out on some sweet Catholic action: the Vatican will be tweeting out themes from the Pope’s …

The Pope Urges Priests To Get On The Blogosphere
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Pope Benedict XVI has been the Holy See for almost five years, and during that time, he (and the Catholic church along with him) has become more and more involved in social media. Last year, he launched a YouTube channel, social media outreach initiative, and apps for Facebook and the iPhone.

The Pope Goes YouTube
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The Vatican has launched its own YouTube Channel. Now the site is the destination of choice for both the President of the United States of America and the Pope.