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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘vatican’

Pope Francis Gets Castro to Go to Church

Wouldn’t it be funny if the history of relations between the United States and Cuba were bookended in history by two Catholics? On the one end, there is the Cuban Missile Crisis standoff that featured President John F. Kennedy. On the other end, it could very well end up being the Numero Uno Catholic in the world: Pope Francis. Like …

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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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Brittany Maynard’s Mom Says Vatican Lumped Her in With Pedophiles

Brittany Maynard chose to die on her own terms. The terminally ill woman moved to Oregon where she would have the option to end her own life without the interference of a local government. Maynard and her family got to work on her bucket list as the world watched. When her disease advanced far enough that she felt it would …

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Pope Francis Ready to Let Priests Marry?

The question was originally asked when Pope Francis was first installed as Pontiff: Might this be the man to lead the Church away from a celibate priesthood? Pope Francis certainly has tackled some issues that many Catholics have been eager to see addressed, including corruption in the Vatican Bank. And he has spoken about the touchy issue of priesthood celibacy …

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Vatican Continues To Crack Down On Nuns

The Vatican is officially cracking down on the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns and Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican orthodoxy watchdog, started by reprimanding officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for planning to honor a theologian who had been criticized by U.S. bishops. The Vatican has stated that since the group only hold status if the Vatican …

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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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Floribeth Mora Attributes Life to Pope John Paul II

Floribeth Mora was dying of an aneurysm in Costa Rica about three years ago. Doctors had determined it was inoperable. As Mora laid in her bed and waited to die, however, she noticed a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a Costa Rican newspaper someone in her room was reading. “Stand up,” Mora says the picture of the pope …

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Atlanta Archbishop Selling Mansion

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said Saturday that he’ll move out of his $2.2 million mansion and place it on the market in early May, after coming under harsh criticism for building such opulent digs. Gregory said he’ll contribute the funds from the sale back into the Catholic ministry. Lavish spending by higher-ups in the Catholic church has been under fire …

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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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Cocaine-Filled Condoms Sent To Vatican

A lot of strange things get sent through the mail and drugs are one of the most common. While drug dealers and users will go to great lengths to hide or disguise drugs, sometimes they slip up and most mail sorters and customs agents know what to watch for. Cocaine-filled condoms were recently discovered by customs officials at an airport …

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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 Celebrates One Year At The Vatican

On March 13, 2013, Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th Pope. The announcement of a new Pope came at nighttime, as white smoke poured from the chimney and caused the crowd to cheer while waiting to see who has been chosen. The chimney had yielded black smoke two times before they had made a decision. Benedict XVI, …

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