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Yet another example of how the Vatican misunderstands America...and economics

Yet another example of how the Vatican misunderstands America...and economics After almost 20 years in Rome, I've learned not to insist too much on the Vatican reading the U.S. with any kind of accuracy, so I usually don't feel the need to comment on every little misunderstanding coming from the Roman Curia. It would take up way too much time and make me grumpier than I already am. But there are times when something must be said. August, for example, when ...
Tags: Religion, America, Rome, United States, Pope Francis, Vatican, Leo, Smith, Adam Smith, Ben, John Paul II, Francesco, CC BY SA, Assisi, Roman Curia, Kishore Jayabalan


Best places to eat near Vatican City

There are a handful of religious sites around the world that every traveler should see, regardless of their beliefs or background. Vatican City is one of those. While you walk on the holy cobblestones, however, you’re far more likely to hear echoes of vendors barking “tickets” and “skip the line” than you are to hear angels singing soothing melodies. But if you know where to look, the Roman area around the Vatican offers secluded beauty, incredible food, and locations where you can take some ...
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Five U.S. abuse victims sue Vatican to release names of predator priests

Three brothers and two other men claimed in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul that the Church has kept secret the identities and records of more than 3,400 clergy accused of sexual abuse, including some top church officials. The men are asking the court to require the Vatican to make the information public and report all alleged crimes to law enforcement worldwide.
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Minnesota lawsuit demands Vatican release abuse files

Brothers abused by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer are plaintiffs in Vatican lawsuit.
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Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States. The lawsuit […]
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Vatican launches women's football team with pope's blessing

Team to make its debut against AS Roma’s women’s team on 26 MayThe Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.More than half of the team is made up of staff working within the Vatican, as well as employees’ wives and daughters. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Religion, Football, Sport, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Women's Football, Roma, MayThe Vatican


Our Lady Of Good Success: A Message For Our Time

From 1594 to 1634, in Quito, Ecuador, a Conceptionist sister, who would become the Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, received apparitions from the Mother of God that were approved by the local bishop during her lifetime. In 1906, when her casket was opened, her body was found to be incorrupt and was redolent of the fragrance of lilies. Her story has a dramatic beginning. In 1566, at the age of 13, she left her homeland of Spain with her aunt to found a Coceptionist order in Quito und...
Tags: Church, Religion, Spain, Vatican, Jesus, Raphael, Catholic, Pope, Ecuador, Christ, Jesus Christ, Quito, Mary, Gabriel, Mother of God, Calvary


Victims of clergy abuse sue Vatican, seek names of abusers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests plan to sue the Vatican and are demanding to know the names of thousands of predator priests they say have been kept secret. Attorney Jeff Anderson plans to file his lawsuit on Tuesday. The plaintiffs include three brothers who were abused by former priest […]
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Power play: Papal aide’s manhole act angers Italy’s Salvini

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a government-owned building, pitting Pope Francis’ humanitarian priorities against far-right Italian politics. Salvini was incensed by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski’s actions. A rising force in Europe’s far-right politics, he […]
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Divine intervention: Vatican aide defies police to restore power to homeless shelter

Pope Francis aide crawls into manhole to return power for hundreds of homeless in unused state-owned buildingAn aide to pope Francis has shimmied down a Rome manhole in order to restore electricity for hundreds of homeless people living in an unused state-owned building.Cardinal Konrad Krajewski broke a police seal to turn the electricity back on on Saturday evening in the building where 450 people, including about 100 children, had been living without lights or hot water since 6 May, according ...
Tags: Europe, Religion, Rome, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Francis, Konrad Krajewski


Pope: It's OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given his OK to pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where young people said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Vatican cautioned on Sunday that the Church still hasn't ruled on the authenticity of the phenomenon, which has drawn millions of Catholic believers and the curious to the site.
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Pope gives church 19 new priests in Vatican ceremony

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given the church 19 new priests, ordaining the men in an elaborate ceremony Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, as the credibility of the Vatican and many of its clergy is threatened by widespread scandals of pedophile priests and systematic efforts at cover-ups. Fifteen of the seminarians ordained by […]
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Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

Pope Francis on Thursday passed a landmark new measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, in a move which could bring countless new cases to light. Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican following a global clerical paedophilia scandal. It is time to learn from the "bitter lessons of the past", Francis said in the text of the legal decree, w...
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Pope Francis Orders Catholic Priests, Nuns To Report Sexual Abuse

The law from the Vatican provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report.
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Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. It’s the latest effort by the pope to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Some key points […]
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The Vatican editor who exposed the sexual abuse of nuns – and took on the Pope

In the church women’s magazine, Lucetta Scaraffia exposed rape and secret abortions. Then, she and her team quit. She reveals what happenedOn 26 March, Lucetta Scaraffia sent a letter to Pope Francis. She was, at the time, the editor of the Vatican’s glossy women’s magazine Women Church World: a title that in its seven years had taken aim at misogyny in the church, exposed the shocking sexual abuse of nuns and the secret abortions priests had paid for to get rid of the evidence.“We are throwing ...
Tags: Media, Religion, Women, Journalism, Life and style, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, Publishing And Public Relations, Sexual Harassment, Lucetta Scaraffia, Pope Francis She


5 Spiritual Travel Destinations Christians Should Visit At Least Once

All these places should be on your faith bucket list…  If you’re a Christian that loves to travel to spiritual venues, then this article is for you. Stepping out to discover the world can be a scary experience and you might not want to do it at first. However, what fear when you have God by your side? For a Christian, travelling around is much more than an adventure. It’s a spiritual adventure that you have to be willing to take. To get you started, here are some places you have to visit at lea...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Florida, Israel, Jerusalem, Catalan, Vatican, Boom, Pope, Vatican City, Christian, Christ, Antoni Gaudí, Jesus Christ, Peter, Corrie


The Joys of Writing Catholic Fiction

It is not an uncommon dream to think about writing a book. It seems nearly everyone I have met has a book simmering inside their soul that wants to find a home on paper. This was certainly the case for me. But I discovered one important human quality that helps get a book started and more importantly, finished. Most of us want to write a book, for me, I had to write my book. Luckily, writing my book and pandering to my obsession was a glorious experience…most of the time. I say “most of t...
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Activists demand pope ensure ‘zero tolerance’ in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Activist groups are calling on Pope Francis to guarantee the implementation of the Vatican’s “zero tolerance” for sexual abuses by clergy in Argentina, where they say the policy has not been carried out. The Argentine group Church Without Abuses and the global organizations Ending Clergy Abuse and BishopAccountability.org on Thursday […]
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Vatican women's magazine hires new team after protest resignations

Founder Lucetta Scaraffia quit over ‘climate of distrust’ after magazine revealed abuse of nunsThe Vatican has unveiled a new editorial committee for its women’s magazine following the sudden resignation of its former editor and other members over an alleged “climate of distrust”.The publication of the monthly glossy, Women Church World, will be “coordinated” by the journalist Rita Pinci, the Vatican said. Pinci worked for the Rome-based daily Il Messaggero for over 20 years and joins the magazi...
Tags: Europe, Media, Religion, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Rome, Magazines, Catholicism, Christianity, Vatican, L'Osservatore Romano, Il Messaggero, Women Church World, Lucetta Scaraffia, Rita Pinci, Pinci


Ite Ad Joseph. “Go To Joseph.” Literally.

By Mark Burkholder The foster father of Our Lord, St. Joseph, famously doesn’t have a single word recorded in scripture. Yet, devotion to him is an ancient tradition within the Church. “Ite ad Joseph” goes the old saying. Go to Joseph. In particular, we men should heed this advice. Go to Joseph in times of trial. Go to Joseph for guidance. Go to Joseph in humility. Go to Joseph in times of temptation. Go to Joseph to learn how to lead your family. One of the best things to do is go to ...
Tags: Europe, Washington, Church, Religion, Jerusalem, United States, Egypt, Vatican, Catholic, St Louis, Christ, Pilgrimage, Joseph, St. Joseph, St Louis Missouri, New World


Dutch queen planned deal with Nazis to help rescue Belgian king

Queen Wilhelmina tried to broker pact via Vatican for Leopold III, war diaries revealQueen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands sought to broker a deal via the Vatican in which senior Nazis at the end of the second world war would be helped to escape Europe in return for Germany releasing the Belgian king, according to newly discovered documents.Diaries of her war-time foreign minister, Eelco van Kleffens, suggest that Wilhelmina, the great-grandmother of the current Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, order...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Nazis, World news, Second world war, Netherlands, Belgium, Vatican, Monarchy, The Queen, Adolf Hitler, Willem Alexander, Wilhelmina, D-Day, Leopold III, revealQueen Wilhelmina


Vatican relaunches women’s magazine team after resignations

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has announced a new editorial leadership team for its women’s magazine, following the clamorous exit of its previous editor who alleged a campaign of delegitimization by the Vatican’s new communications operation. Three of the new members of the editorial team of Women Church World previously worked for the magazine […]
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Pope urges barbers and hair stylists not to gossip

More than 200 Italian barbers and hair stylists visited the Vatican yesterday where they received a a solemn word of warning from Pope Francis: "Avoid falling into the temptation of gossip that is easily associated with your work," he said, and do your job "with Christian style, treating clients with gentleness and courtesy, offering them always a good word and encouragement." Francis also introduced the hairdressers to their patron saint St. Martin de Porres (d. 1639) who according to Cathol...
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Prosecutor: St Patrick’s suspect booked hotel near Vatican

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says a college philosophy teacher accused of entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan with gasoline cans, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also booked a hotel just 20 minutes from the Vatican. Police said previously that Marc Lamparello had booked a flight to Rome for the next day. Assistant […]
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Bishop critical of Nicaragua’s Ortega leaves for Vatican

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Daniel Ortega over Nicaragua’s political standoff left the country Tuesday after being called to the Vatican indefinitely by Pope Francis. Speaking at Managua’s international airport, where no members of the country’s Bishops’ Conference were on hand to bid […]
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Notre-Dame, Saint Patrick’s, and the Cathedrals That Are Our Lives

The Wi-Fi on my flight from Rome to Newark wasn’t working, so phones were buzzing about Notre Dame in France as soon as we hit the runway. After the initial shock and sadness, gratitude was expressed. There are upsides to being disconnected: At least we didn’t have to watch, on live television, something we couldn’t control. That seemed to be an instant lesson, before we knew much of anything, including the cause or the damage.I’ve never been to Paris, so I’ve never been to the cathedral there. ...
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Pope condemns Sri Lanka attacks as acts of 'cruel violence'

Francis urges global leaders in Easter Sunday address to work for an end to the arms raceLive updates: Sri Lanka church and hotel explosionsAt a glance: what we know so farPope Francis condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed hundreds of people as acts “of cruel violence” as he celebrated Easter mass at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.“I learned with sadness and pain of the news of the grave attacks, that precisely today, Easter, brought mourning and pain to churches and other places wher...
Tags: Europe, Religion, World news, South and Central Asia, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, Vatican, Easter, Sri Lanka


Vegan organization receives post-hurricane windfall

The Million Dollar Vegan campaign gave $100,000 to vegan humanitarian aid organization Chilis on Wheels to help survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As reported here in February, 12-year-old activist Genesis Butler made an intriguing proposition to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent, and Butler and her Million Dollar Vegan campaign would donate a million dollars to the charity of Francis’ choice. Unfortunately, the pope did not accept the offer. With Easter upon us, the project decided to ...
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How to Score Tickets to the Last Supper in Milan

Last Supper tickets in Milan is the activity most requested from clients. Unfortunately, tickets are notoriously hard to come by. It gets more difficult every year because so many of large tour operators buy up huge blocks of tickets as soon as they go on-sale, leaving almost none for the general public to book on their own. You’ll have the best luck if you book and plan far in advance. This is the advice I give my clients for how to book tickets to the Last Supper. A FEW THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT V...
Tags: Travel, Milan, Italy, Vatican, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie