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  • Raphael's bittersweet 500th anniversary in Rome

    04/06/2020 11:56:47 AM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies
    WantedInRome ^ | 4/6/2020
    Raphael died in Rome 500 years ago today. Rome was to have been the focal point in the global celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the High Renaissance artist and architect Raphael, hosting an "unprecedented" exhibition, the greatest Raphael show the world had ever seen. The Raphael exhibition saw a boom in the purchase of pre-sale tickets, with thousands of people around the world planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy to see the groundbreaking show, featuring no less than 100 paintings by the Renaissance master, with 40 masterpieces on loan from the Uffizi in Florence. Raphael's much-anticipated...
  • Cardinal Vicar of Rome Tests Positive for Coronavirus

    03/31/2020 6:44:58 PM PDT · by Hieronymus · 9 replies
    Vatican News ^ | March 31, 2020 | Vatican News
    Cardinal Vicar of Rome tests positive for coronavirus Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the Pope’s Vicar for Rome, says he is praying “for those who suffer”, after being diagnosed with Covid-19. By Vatican News Pope Francis’ Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19. The Cardinal is running a fever, but his general condition is currently good, and he has begun antiviral therapy. Cardinal De Donatis, following procedures in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus, has had fewer meetings with his staff at...
  • French bishop tests positive for coronavirus after Vatican visit

    03/16/2020 1:56:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 16, 2020 | Courtney Mares
    French bishop tests positive for coronavirus after Vatican visit A French bishop who visited the Vatican last week has tested positive for coronavirus, his diocese announced on Monday.Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers tested positive for COVID-19 on the evening of March 15. The Diocese of Angers said in a statement on March 16 that the bishop first experienced symptoms during his time in Rome.Delmas was part of a delegation of 31 French bishops who met with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit on March 9. Vatican media shared photos of the bishops sitting one meter apart with a significant...
  • Iran's ex-ambassador to Vatican dies of coronavirus

    02/27/2020 2:26:09 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | February 27, 2020
    Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican and prominent cleric Hadi Khosrowshahi died of coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports. According to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency, the 81-year-old cleric died at a hospital in Iran. Earlier in the day, Iran put the death toll in the country from the coronavirus to 26, with 245 confirmed cases. The global death toll is nearly 2,800, and China, where the outbreak originated, is the worst hit, with more than 78,000 cases and over 2,700 fatalities.
  • Drag queen hopes to meet Pope Francis in drag, challenge him to accept gay ‘marriage’

    01/31/2020 3:32:48 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 31st 2020 | Lifesitenews
    Germany’s most famous drag queen hopes to meet Pope Francis in person, dressed in drag, and challenge the Pope to approve of homosexual “marriage” and to open up ministries for women. Oliver Knöbel, a man who presents himself in Germany as drag queen “Olivia Jones,” said he is aspiring to attend a general audience with Pope Francis while dressed as a woman. Knöbel said last November, on the occasion of his 50th birthday, that his goal is to meet the Pope. He even hopes for a group audience with the “Olivia Jones Family,” a group of transvestites and comedians. “We...
  • A Christmas Marked by Desecration, with Bergoglio as Chief Desecrator

    12/28/2019 10:17:15 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 23, 2019 | Antonio Socci
    A Christmas Marked by Desecration, with Bergoglio as Chief Desecrator I had not yet seen HERE the celebration of the Pachamama with Bergoglio in front of the altar at Saint Peter’s Basilica last October 4 at the opening of the Amazon Synod. It is stunning. Now I understand why people are talking about idolatrous profanation and of the need to reconsecrate Saint Peter’s Basilica. Perhaps it is not “the abomination of desolation in the holy place” (Mt 24:15) prophesied by Jesus, but it certainly raises many concerns. It is a sad Christmas for Christians if we think about the many...
  • Vatican Publishes New Book Reducing ‘Sin of Sodom’ to ‘Lack of Hospitality’

    12/20/2019 7:06:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 89 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/19/19 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, December 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In what many see as an effort to normalize homosexuality in the Catholic Church, the Vatican has released a new book that reduces the “sin of Sodom” (Genesis 19:1–29) to “a lack of hospitality.” “The story about the city of Sodom … illustrates a sin that consists in the lack of hospitality, with hostility and violence towards the stranger, a behavior judged to be very serious and therefore deserving to be sanctioned with the utmost severity,” the new book asserts. Sources consulted by LifeSite described the book as “utter banality” and “obviously ridiculous.” One...
  • Vatican Calls Greta Thunberg ‘Great Witness’ of Church’s Environmental Teaching

    12/13/2019 6:51:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/12/19 | Elise Harris
    ROME - On Thursday top Vatican officials hailed Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, recently named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for her environmental advocacy, as a “great witness” of Church teaching on care for creation and the human person. Speaking to reporters at the Dec. 12 publication of Pope Francis’s message for the 2020 World Day of Peace, celebrated on Jan. 1 each year, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican office for Integral Human Development, called Thunberg “a great witness to what the Church teaches on the care of the environment and the care of the person.” “What is...
  • Vatican investments linked to global money laundering investigations

    12/10/2019 7:06:09 AM PST · by ptsal · 14 replies
    CNA - Catholic News Agency ^ | 07-Dec-2019 | Ed Condon
    A fund in which the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has invested tens of millions of euros has links to two Swiss banks investigated or implicated in bribery and money laundering scandals involving more than one billion dollars. The fund is under investigation by Vatican authorities. The fund, Centurion Global Fund, made headlines this week that it used the Vatican assets under its management to invest in Hollywood films, real estate, and utilities, including investments in movies like “Men in Black International” and the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra reported that the Centurion Global Fund has raised...
  • Nader, Khawaja, Clintons, Pope Francis, and Elite Converge in UAE & Africa

    12/09/2019 1:15:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Corey's Digs ^ | December 8, 2019 | Corey Lynn
    Nader, Khawaja, Clintons, Pope Francis, and Elite Converge in UAE & Africa Welcome to the jungle of elites, criminals, and Pope Francis who all seem to have their eyes set on South Africa, while Russia and China run naval drills off the coast. It’s an interesting intersection of events and individuals. What’s more interesting is the timetable of recently indicted George Nader and Andy Khawaja, along with the Clintons and Pope Francis, that leads to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who also have a big interest in South Africa. With the recent African proverb spoken by Pope Francis, mixed in...
  • Volker 5.0 (Great UN Oil for Food Piece; Anti-War Left, Scott Ritter, Russia, France Implicated)

    10/28/2005 9:32:43 AM PDT · by MikeA · 14 replies · 1,392+ views
    The publication yesterday of Paul Volcker's fifth and final report on the U.N.'s Oil for Food program tells us little we didn't know about the broad outlines of the $100 billion scandal. But, oh, are the details ever instructive. The Volcker report confirms that Saddam Hussein demanded, and got, some $1.8 billion in illegal surcharges, kickbacks and bribes from companies doing business in Iraq. It confirms that he steered billions in oil and humanitarian contracts to his politically preferred clients, particularly Russia and France, and smaller sums to agents of influence (or their associates) such as British MP George Galloway,...
  • Rocketman: Vatican funded explicit film of Elton John’s life

    12/05/2019 3:03:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    The Times ^ | December 5, 2019 | Tom Kingtom
    Rocketman: Vatican funded explicit film of Elton John’s life The biographical film about Sir Elton John, which contains a gay sex scene, was partly financed by an investment fund backed by the Vatican, an Italian newspaper has reported.The use of money donated by Roman Catholics to help to fund Rocketman emerged during a Vatican inquiry into where the cash, which is officially used for good works, has been invested.Researchers were looking into the Vatican secretariat of state’s backing of Centurion Global Fund, the Malta-based company that invested €1 million in the film’s production, Corriere della Sera reported
  • Faithful Chinese Bishop on the Run From Communists Highlights Vatican/China Deal Disaster

    12/01/2019 6:50:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/29/19 | Steven Mosher
    November 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Vincent Guo was supposed to be the poster child of a successful rapprochement between the Vatican and China, as well as a sign that the longstanding rift between the Underground Catholic church and its state-run counterpart had been healed. Instead, he is on the run from the Communist authorities. How did this happen? Until last year, Bishop Guo was the ordinary of the Diocese of Mindong, located in the southern province of Fujian. He was recognized by the Holy See, but not by the Party-State, which had imposed an unpopular—and unrecognized--Patriotic “bishop” by the...
  • Vatican Officials: Swiss Bank Suspected of Money Laundering Led to Pell Conflict

    11/27/2019 5:41:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/21/19 | Ed Condon
    Pell was reportedly reprimanded for “interfering in sovereign business” by looking into the Vatican Secretariat of State’s dealings with a Swiss bank with a long track record of violating fraud safeguards.The Holy See’s relationship with a disreputable Swiss bank triggered an internal dispute between the Secretariat of State and Vatican financial authorities. At the center of the conflict was a multimillion-dollar line of credit used to fund a controversial investment in London property speculation. Sources inside the Vatican’s Prefecture for the Economy confirmed to CNA that a substantial part of the $200 million used to finance the Secretariat of State’s...
  • Statue of ancient god of child sacrifice put on display in Rome

    11/11/2019 6:16:08 PM PST · by Norski · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Nov 6, 2019 | LifeSiteNews staff
    "ROME, November 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A reconstruction of a pagan idol who demanded child sacrifice was stationed at the entrance of Rome’s Colosseum as part of a secular historical exhibition. The statue of Moloch, worshipped by both the Canaanites and the Phoenicians, is part of an exhibit dedicated to Ancient Rome’s once-great rival, the city of Carthage. The large-scale exhibition, titled Carthago: The immortal myth, runs until March 29, 2020. . .Three ancient Greek historians all attest that it was customary in Carthage to burn children alive as offerings to the deity, whom they called Baal and Cronus or...
  • Vatican hosts youth conference with pro-abortion UN activists

    11/08/2019 12:00:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 8, 2019 | Diane Montagna
    Vatican hosts youth conference with pro-abortion UN activists ROME, November 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — With so much attention focused in recent weeks on the violation of the first commandment, further attacks on the fifth and sixth commandments have gone unnoticed in Vatican City.  In the middle of the Amazon Synod, a smaller but not insignificant gathering was also organized by the Holy See and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), directed by pro-abortion globalist and sustainable development guru, Jeffrey Sachs.  Jeffrey Sachs attends climate change meeting at Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City, Nov. 2017. Founded by former United...
  • Washington Post: Catholics should follow Germany's gospel when seeking future growth — GetReligion

    11/05/2019 1:19:48 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies ^ | November 5, 2019 | Terry Mattingly
    When it comes to Catholic demographics — think birth rate, membership and new clergy — researchers know where to look if they want to find the good news and the bad news. It you are seeking new life and growth, all roads lead to Africa — where the Catholic population has grown by nearly 250% since 1980. Anyone seeking bad news can examine trends in Europe. Take Germany, for example. The Catholic church lost 216,078 members in 2018, according to the German Bishops’ Conference. Researchers at the University of Freiburg predict that Catholic membership totals will fall another 50% by...
  • Mam who threw Pachamama idol into Tiber speaks out

    11/04/2019 9:34:26 AM PST · by Missouri gal · 13 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | November 4, 2019 | John Henry Westen
    The man who threw the infamous Pachamama statue into the Tiber River has revealed his identity today in a video explaining why he removed the "pagan idol" from Santa Maria in Transpontina church near the Vatican last month. Alexander Tschugguel [pronounced Choo-goo-el], 26, of Vienna Austria spoke to Lifesite co-founder John Henry Westen, telling him, "for me it was really bad, because I saw in those statues... a break of the First Commandment."
  • Source using Vatican internet alters Wikipedia (Dr Taylor Marshall)

    10/24/2019 11:43:09 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 3 replies
    Lifesite ^ | Maike Hickson
    October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Internet records show that someone within Vatican city edited the Wikipedia page of prominent Amazon Synod critic Dr. Taylor Marshall in what appears to be an attempt to undermine his reputation. “Someone inside Vatican City is trying to attack my reputation via Wikipedia,” tweeted Dr. Marshall last night, linking to the material that was edited. Marshall has a Ph.D. in Philosophy which he obtained in 2011 from the University of Dallas. He wrote his dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas, which was titled "Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity."
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop Viganò speaks up: Washington Post interview - ...

    06/10/2019 6:10:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 10, 2019 | New Catholic
    [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop Viganò speaks up: Washington Post interview - "This archbishop called on the pope to resign. Now he’s in an undisclosed location." For the record of events of the current pontificate, we post the main excerpts of the article published this Monday by the Washington Post: By Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli June 10, 2019ROME — In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark. The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on...