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  • Topless Feminists Protest Abortion at The Vatican in St. Peter’s Square

    11/19/2014 1:47:07 PM PST · by NYer · 51 replies
    Life News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-abortion fanatics from the activist group Femen are at it again. This time they took to St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican to make their views known and grab attention. Not only did they bare their breasts at the home of the Catholic Church, they simulated anal sex using crucifixes. Authorities quickly arrested them. Femen, the women’s rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican. In what they described as a protest over Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to...
  • Progressives’ Moral Equivalence

    09/28/2014 5:03:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 28, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    You’ve seen this a lot in the last decade and a half: progressives asserting a moral equivalence between radial Islam and Christianity. The argument usually goes something like, “Yeah, sure, terrorists are bad, but they’re hardly the only people to kill in the name of their religion!” Then there’s the obligatory reference to the crusades. OK, sure, Christianity, like most religions, has had some less-than-flattering moments. But it’s history. If you can point me to the mass graves, severed heads or buildings for Christianity in our lifetime… no need to finish that sentence because there aren’t any. Christianity is an...
  • Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

    05/26/2014 1:53:32 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/25/14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel's controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts "unacceptable." -snip- Palestinian officials hailed Francis' decision to refer to the "state of Palestine." In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the "state of Palestine," and his Bethlehem office as the "presidential palace." He pointedly called Abbas a "man of peace." -snip-
  • Vatican scientists co-host conference on alien life forms

    03/19/2014 1:53:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Cath News ^ | March 19, 2014
    Nearly 200 scientists are attending the conference, called The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignature & Instruments, which runs from March 16-21 in Tucson, Arizona. The Vatican Observatory is co-hosting the conference with the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. 'Finding life beyond Earth is one of the great challenges of modern science and we are excited to have the world leaders in this field together in Tucson,' said event co-chair Daniel Apai, assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the UA Steward Observatory.'But reaching such an ambitious goal takes planning and time. The goal of this meeting is...
  • US Shuts Down Vatican Embassy After Striking Deal with Iran

    11/27/2013 8:44:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies ^ | November 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    What would you do next if you had successfully brokered a “Neville Chamberlin” style deal with a rogue state that wants to annihilate America and her Middle East allies? Well. . . You’d downgrade diplomatic ties with the Vatican, of course. At least, that’s what you would do if you were working in the Obama White House. The White House has recently announced that they will shut down the US Embassy to the Holy See, and relocate it to a “safer” location on the grounds of the American Embassy in Italy. Officially, the US is explaining the relocation effort as...
  • Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?

    11/15/2013 1:07:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | November 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "Pope Francis doesn't want cultural warriors; he doesn't want ideologues," said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.: "The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep." Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader. They chose Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who has a master's degree in social work, to succeed Archbishop Timothy Dolan whom Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times describes thus: "[A] garrulous evangelist comfortable in front of a camera, [who] led...
  • Researchers say Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century

    05/26/2013 8:06:05 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 104 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 24, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A new study from researchers in Europe claims that the average IQ in Western nations dropped by a staggering 14.1 points over the past century. "We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study," the researchers wrote in the study, which was published online in the journal Intelligence on Thursday. "Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence and are considered elementary measures of cognition."-snip- The results were measured using data from 1889 to 2004 and were analyzed by Michael...
  • Chimney raised on Sistine Chapel as conclave nears

    03/09/2013 11:19:47 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | March 9, 2013
    Firefighters, right, place the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals will gather to elect the new pope, at the Vatican, Saturday, March 9, 2013. VATICAN CITY: Vatican workers hoisted a chimney onto the roof of the on Saturday in readiness for the conclave of Roman Catholic cardinals that will elect a successor to Pope Benedict. The conclave begins on Tuesday, with the sequestered cardinals using the chimney to tell the outside world whether or not they have chosen a new leader - black smoke signifying no decision and white smoke announcing a new pontiff. The rust-coloured...
  • Conclave: timetable for first days

    03/09/2013 11:56:02 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 9, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) During the course of the briefing for journalists on Saturday in the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, outlined a timetable for the ceremonies and proceedings on the first days of the upcoming Conclave. The times given below are tentative and approximate. Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 (all times Rome local: GMT + 1) 15:45 – Transfer from Domus Sanctae Marthae to Pauline Chapel16:30 – Procession from Pauline Chapel to Sistine Chapel16:45 – Oath administered and Extra omnes! Proclaimed Followed by meditation by Card. Prosper Grech, OPEventual 1st vote 19:15 – Vespers19:30 – Cardinals return...
  • Day Four: The Great Game Begins (Daily Conclave Report)

    03/09/2013 11:37:30 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 9, 2013 | Robert Royal
    So we finally have a starting time. Given the choice among Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, the assembled cardinals chose to be moderate and pick the date in the middle. I am not boasting when I say that I anticipated this middle-of-the-road move – which my press colleagues here in Rome discounted. It was simply a logical extrapolation: There seems to be an air of caution and moderation in all the events to date. So in many ways, this latest result is the least surprise. There’s still a lot of time between now (Friday evening, as I write)...
  • What have the cardinals been doing? One of them explains.

    03/09/2013 6:37:32 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 7, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From New York’s blogging cardinal archbishop, Timothy Dolan: Every day we each begin with the most effective prayer of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In our sessions we pray from the Divine Office, begin each meeting with the ancient prayer to the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Veni Sancte Spiritus, and we break at lunch with the beautiful words of the Angelus. Wednesday, we cardinals made a Holy Hour of adoration before Jesus, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter’s Basilica.We’re praying a lot; and,...
  • Oh, My God

    03/09/2013 12:57:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | March 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    With the shorthand "OMG" (oh, my God) becoming a huge cliche, it might be worth taking a look at how Americans are seeing the Almighty these days -- that is if they are looking at all. A recent Gallup poll indicates that just 31 percent of Americans worship publicly on a weekly basis, while 43 percent rarely go to a church, synagogue or mosque. Growing up under the heavy hand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it was drummed into me that attending weekly Mass was not an option. It was a must to avoid eternal damnation, which...
  • Young Women Have a Friend in Rome

    10/13/2012 4:26:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 13, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    Vatican City -- "Ever ancient, ever new": It's hard not to think of St. Augustine's paean to the lord when you're walking past a synod of bishops, on the way up to meet the pope in Rome, as I was one recent morning. I was in Rome to receive, as a representative of the United States and "women of the world," a message first delivered by Pope Paul VI at the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. "Women, you do know how to make truth sweet, tender and accessible; make it your task to bring the spirit of...
  • President Tells Pope How to Reform Church (No, not that president)

    06/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies · 230+ views
    TFP ^ | 6/10/2010 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    A rather unexpected voice just joined the chorus of the liberal media outcry over sex scandals among some Catholic clergymen: none other than Evo Morales, Bolivia’s socialist and neopagan president. A Neopagan Socialist... Indeed, Mr. Morales, leader of the Movement to Socialism, figured he should teach the Pope how things in the Church ought to be run. For those who may not know, he was inaugurated President of Bolivia in 2006 using indigenous pagan rituals.1 The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, of Cochabamba (6/20/2006), described the ceremony: “Evo Morales assumed political power with a spectacular display of religious rituals alluding to...
  • Cyprus trip a political minefield for the pope (Barf-worthy)

    05/31/2010 3:46:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 217+ views
    AP ^ | 5/31/2010 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI, often under fire for political missteps on foreign trips, is heading into a potential diplomatic storm when he visits Cyprus this week, a pilgrimage to a divided island that could anger Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world. Divisions between Greeks and ethnic Turks, splits in the Orthodox Christian community, and concerns over damaged Christian and Muslim houses of worship will be come under scrutiny during Benedict's three-day trip starting Friday. The visit will be a key test of whether the pope has found his diplomatic feet. The pope's linking of Islam to...
  • Vatican official prods US on immigration reform [THE Vatican, Not US Bishops ]

    06/03/2010 2:10:54 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 47 replies · 609+ views ^ | June 3 2010 |
    In a lengthy address delivered in Washington on June 2, Archbishop Antonio Maria Vegliò, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, discussed various facets of migration to the United States, including immigration, human trafficking, and displacement induced by climate change. Speaking to the Regional Consultation of the American Bishops' Conferences on Migration, Archbishop Vegliò said that “I follow with more than usual interest and admiration the courageous advocacy efforts of the USA Church for the regularization of the approximately 12 million undocumented migrants. Their existence will thus be recognized. However, should this also...
  • Pope Benedict XVI sacks two Vatican officials over Holocaust-denying bishop fiasco

    07/09/2009 12:23:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies · 791+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 07/09/2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI has sacked two Vatican officials over the readmission of a British Holocaust-denying bishop to the Roman Catholic Church. He also abolished the Vatican department responsible for the lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson, who is one of the leaders of the Society of St Pius X. The rehabilitation, in January, threatened to undo decades of work to heal rifts between Catholics and Jews. The German-born Pope was forced to apologise to Jewish leaders and atoned by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel in May. The incident made Pope Benedict, one of the most admired...
  • Michelangelo Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel Contain Divinely-Encoded Images of the Shroud of Turin

    09/13/2007 9:14:42 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 35 replies · 918+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | Sept. 13, 2007
    RALEIGH, Nc., Sept. 13 - A new discovery reveals a "mystery" never before seen. Investigative researcher Philip E. Dayvault, of Raleigh, NC, found in 2003 that the famed Sistine Chapel Ceiling fresco, painted by Michelangelo in 1512 and located at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, is also painted in allegory. Although the central panels of the Ceiling, or "historicals", are illustrated for literal interpretation, they also contain unique symbolic expression. Once decoded, Dayvault discovered that this expression graphically depicts the Shroud of Turin, in full and complete order. The Shroud of Turin is the traditional burial cloth of Jesus Christ....
  • Pope tells library, archive employees he had hoped to retire, study

    06/25/2007 2:27:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 6/25/2007 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a touch of envy, Pope Benedict XVI told employees of the Vatican Library and the Vatican Secret Archives that he had hoped to retire 10 years ago and spend the rest of his life studying, researching and writing. "At the end of my 70th year of age, I would have liked it very much if the beloved John Paul II would have allowed me to dedicate myself to the study and research of the interesting documents and items you carefully safeguard," the pope told the employees June 25. "The Lord had other plans for me...
  • Prediction: Christians Will Be “Extinct” In The Holy Land Within 60 Years

    11/15/2006 8:11:34 PM PST · by theothercheek · 22 replies · 664+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | November 15, 2006 | The Stiletto
    Christian minorities are being forced out of Muslim countries, The Associated Press reports, and the mass exodus is particularly noticeable in Bethlehem and throughout the Holy Land – the birthplace of Christianity. Until the rise of Islamofascism, economic necessity drove Palestinian Christians to emigrate to the West. Now it’s not their livelihoods that are at risk, but their lives ... In two weeks, Pope Benedict XVI will go to Turkey for a four-day visit, and will call on Muslim nations to respect the rights of religious minorities living within their borders – or as The Vatican puts, it "reciprocity,” in...
  • The Vatican must face the ugly reality of AIDS

    05/09/2006 7:04:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 80 replies · 1,039+ views
    ORLANDO SENTINEL via Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 08, 2006 | Kathleen Parker
    Once upon a time on Planet Earth — before the scourge of AIDS — the subject of condoms rarely came up in polite company. Today, condoms have become the coin of the political realm, while debates break out in the politest of places — from the Vatican to the Senate to the pulpit to the pew. In the past few days, reports from Rome have indicated that the Vatican is considering sanctioning the use of condoms among married couples when one of the partners is infected with AIDS. This move, though not yet a done deal, has been heralded as...
  • Fatima Visionary's Writings Provide New Insight Church Official Says No Novelties to Be Found

    02/22/2005 6:45:02 AM PST · by murphE · 6 replies · 257+ views
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE05022001 Date: 2005-02-20 Fatima Visionary's Writings Provide New Insight Church Official Says No Novelties to Be Found COIMBRA, Portugal, FEB. 20, 2005 ( The texts of Sister Lucia will not reveal more details of the Fatima apparition, but will provide more profound insight into the event. Father Jacinto Farias, president of the Scientific Commission of the Fatima Congress, made a statement shortly after the death last week of the last witness of the Fatima appartions that Sister Lucia's texts constitute a fundamental testimony for the Church. "Sister Lucia's experience is one...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • The Pope's Disgraceful Tribute to Arafat

    11/13/2004 11:17:37 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 1,323+ views
    The pope's disgraceful tribute to Arafat Posted: November 13, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern From the way world leaders reacted to the death of Yasser Arafat, you could be forgiven if you had mistakenly believed that Mother Theresa had died. Kofi Annan, a man whose diplomatic career has been dedicated to friendship with tyrants and contempt for their victims, declared himself "deeply moved" by Arafat's death and ordered the U.N. flag flown at half-mast. This is not all that surprising given that Annan is the same man who overruled U.N. Gen. Romeo Dallaire in April 1994 and ordered him not to...
  • States Sue Vatican Over Ties to Frankel

    05/10/2002 9:39:39 AM PDT · by jpthomas · 9 replies · 224+ views
    Dow Jones & Company, Inc. via ^ | May 10, 2002 | Dow Jones & Co., Inc. (WSJ Staff Reporters Ellen Joan Pollock and Milo Geyelin contributing)
    In an attempt to recoup some of the roughly $215 million allegedly stolen by financier Martin Frankel, insurance commissioners for five states sued the Vatican in federal court in Mississippi, Friday's Wall Street Journal reported. The suit alleges that Mr. Frankel tried to use the Catholic Church as "a front" to acquire insurance companies, and that a former Vatican judge, who has been arrested on criminal charges related to the Frankel case, was the Vatican's agent. The suit also claims that several high-ranking Vatican officials had varying degrees of knowledge about Mr. Frankel's attempts to acquire insurance companies through a...