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…

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 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…

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…

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 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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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 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 Have Been Redeemed, Are Good People

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

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

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

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, Going To Gulf Shores For Spring Break

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…