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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 …

Pope Francis Nominates Eight Advisors to Sex Abuse Commission

Eight members were chosen Saturday as advisors for the Vatican’s sex abuse policy. According to the CS Monitor, the Associated Press reported that Pope Francis’ elected members would be ahead of a commission panel, which would report any sexual assault …

Pope Francis Drops Italian Equivalent of F-Bomb Pope Francis Drops Italian Equivalent of F-Bomb

Pope Francis dropped what is known as the Italian equivalent of the F-bomb during his Sunday address from the Vatican. While some are likely still sitting aghast at the pope’s potty mouth, this will likely serve to make the pontiff …

Pope Defrocked 400 Priests Over Sex Abuse Pope Defrocked 400 Priests Over Sex Abuse

According to a document obtained by the Associated Press, in his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked roughly 400 priests in connection to sex abuse allegations. Much of the criticism leveled at the Catholic Church is that their …

Pope Francis Upstaged By Young Boy Pope Francis Upstaged By Young Boy
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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 …

Pope Francis Calls for Day of Prayer for Syria Pope Francis Calls for Day of Prayer for Syria

During Pope Francis’ Sunday blessing from the Vatican, the pontiff called for the world to hold a day of fasting and prayer for Syria. “May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone,” he said, promising to lead prayers …

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 …

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 …

Pope Tweets for First Time, Uses iPad Pope Tweets for First Time, Uses iPad
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The Vatican is continuing to take steps to pull itself into the 21st century, as they have announced the launch of a brand new Vatican news site with a Tweet. Not just any Tweet, but the first official Tweet from …