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  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peter’s Square

    12/25/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/25/2014 | By Stephanie Linning
    A feminist activist ran topless through St Peter's Square and rushed the nativity scene before attempting to flee with the baby Jesus figurine. The woman, who had the words 'God Is Woman' written on her chest, started her protest just one hour after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. Thousands of pilgrims were still standing in the famous square when the woman, who is a member of Femen, was ambushed by a guard on her way off the platform. She was quickly arrested by officers from the Vatican police.
  • 2 LIVING POPES TO HONOR 2 DEAD ONES: THE CEREMONY

    04/26/2014 11:59:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first ever canonization of two popes. For such a momentous occasion, the ceremony is actually quite short and surprisingly straightforward, with the added benefit that the relics of the two new saints will be presented for universal veneration by the church for the first time. Here are five things to look for - though beware, the rite is celebrated mostly in Latin, the official language of the Catholic Church.
  • Obama Administration Planning to Relocate Embassy to Holy See

    11/21/2013 3:04:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Zenit ^ | 11/21/2013
    Steps are reportedly being taken to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See onto the grounds of the American embassy to Italy. <-- Advertising --> Although no official decision has been announced, the move appears likely and is being justified on grounds of enhanced security.Previous American ambassadors to the Holy See contacted by the National Catholic Reporter have said they are opposed to the plans.Ambassador James Nicholson, who served as ambassador during the presidency of George W. Bush, said the proposed relocation would be a “massive downgrade” that would turn the embassy into “a stepchild of the embassy to...
  • Top Contenders To Be The Next Pope

    03/11/2013 3:18:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org/ ^ | March 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI. In the secretive world of the Vatican, there is no way to know who is in the running, and history has yielded plenty of surprises. Yet several names have come up repeatedly as strong contenders. Here is a look at who they are:
  • 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...
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • Internet and e-commerce industry in Vatican

    09/23/2010 9:41:14 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Ecommerce Journal ^ | September 23, 2010
    Today we’ve decided to explore internet and e-commerce infrastructure of Vatican. Everyone knows Vatican as a landlocked sovereign city-state, populated by only 826 people. The territory of the city-state consists of a landlocked enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. Vatican City represents an extremely ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state, ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergymen of various national origins. It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See and the location of the Pope's residence, referred to as the Apostolic Palace. Interestingly, the economy of this monarchical state is uniquely, non-commercial,...
  • Visiting Vatican City? Take Care!

    08/09/2010 7:54:12 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    news-fire.com ^ | Aug 9 2010 | Marian Buchant
    When In Rome – Cover Up New Strict Dress Code In Vatican City Could Catch Out Travellers Warns insurewithease.com (Press Release) Insurewithease.com, leading independent travel insurance specialist is urging holidaymakers in Rome to heed a stricter dress code now being enforced by the Vatican City, which includes visitors to St Peter’s Square. Some visitors turning up with bare shoulders and legs are being turned away, including shocked locals, just popping out to Vatican City for a paper or loaf of bread. Insurewithease.com advises travellers to take appropriate clothing with them to Rome, so that they don’t get caught out by...
  • 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...
  • French Judge Says Turkish Charity Behind Gaza Flotilla Had Terror Ties

    06/02/2010 6:51:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 983+ views
    Fox ^ | June 02, 2010
    The Turkish Islamic charity behind a flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaida plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said Wednesday. The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, had "clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and Jihad," former investigating judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
  • On Vaccines Made From Cells of Aborted Fetuses - Pontifical Academy for Life Response

    07/27/2005 6:22:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 4,239+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 27, 2005
    "It is a Grave Responsibility to Use Alternative Vaccines" VATICAN CITY, JULY 26, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Here is a letter sent by Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, to Mrs. Debra Vinnedge, executive director, Children of God for Life. The letter presents the following study conducted by the academy entitled "Moral Reflections on Vaccines Prepared from Cells Derived from Aborted Human Fetuses." * * * Vatican City, June 9, 2005 Mrs. Debra Vinnedge Executive Director, Children of God for Life United States Dear Mrs. Debra Vinnedge, On June 4, 2003, you wrote to His Eminence Cardinal Joseph...
  • Human Embryo Is a Child, Says Bishop Sgreccia - even if not in a maternal uterus

    02/25/2006 7:02:18 PM PST · by cpforlife.org · 65 replies · 1,146+ views
    ZENIT ^ | 2006-02-24
    Human Embryo Is a Child, Says Bishop Sgreccia Promotes Bioethics Congress of Pontifical Academy for Life VATICAN CITY, FEB. 24, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The embryo, even if it is not being nurtured in a maternal uterus, is a child, said the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Bishop Elio Sgreccia said this in a press conference regarding the upcoming congress "The Human Embryo Prior to Implantation: Scientific Aspects and Bioethical Considerations," organized by the Pontifical organization in the Vatican on Feb. 27-28. "In any case, the embryo is a child: a boy or a girl, that has a special relationship...
  • Pope Cites Secularism in Canada Birth Rate

    05/22/2006 6:48:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies · 673+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Monday, May 20, 2006 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that low birth rates in Canada are the result of the "pervasive effects of secularism" and asked the country's bishops to counter the trend by preaching the truth of Christ. Benedict, who has spoken out several times in favor of large families, blamed Canada's low birth rate on social ills and moral ambiguities that result from secular ideology. "Like many countries ... Canada is today suffering from the pervasive effects of secularism," Benedict told visiting bishops from Canada. "One of the more dramatic symptoms of this mentality, clearly evident in your own...
  • Pope Celebrates Easter, Prays for Peace

    04/16/2006 10:23:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 412+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/06 | Frances D'Emilio - ap
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his first Easter Sunday as pontiff, praying for peace Iraq, negotiated solutions to the world's nuclear disputes and dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians. Looking tired, Benedict led nearly 100,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans in Mass in St. Peter's Square. His 79th birthday coincided with Easter, when Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. "Today, even in this modern age marked by anxiety and uncertainty, we live the event of the resurrection, which changed the face of our life and changed the history of humanity," Benedict said in the traditional...
  • Italian Seeks Asylum for Christian Convert

    03/28/2006 4:26:20 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 415+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/news ^ | 3 28 06 | Associated Press
    ROME - Italy's foreign minister will ask the government to grant asylum to an Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, who was among the first to speak out on the man's behalf, will ask for the permission at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the ministry statement said in a statement Tuesday. Abdul Rahman, 41, was released from prison late Monday, a day after the court dismissed the case under pressure from the Bush administration. He quickly dropped out of sight, as Muslim clerics in his country continued to...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    NPR.org, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...
  • Pope book riles Jews by comparing abortion to Holocaust

    02/20/2005 10:37:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 22 replies · 841+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/20.05
    Pope book riles Jews by comparing abortion to Holocaust VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A new book by Pope John Paul (news - web sites) II to be published in Italy next Wednesday in which he likens abortion to a new Holocaust has outraged Jewish groups appalled by what they say is a lack of understanding on the part of the Catholic Church. AFP Photo   The comparison is highlighted in a passage of the 84-year-old pontiff's fifth book, "Memory and Identity", a volume of reflections on ideological conflicts of the 20th century released to Italian newspapers ahead of its publication...
  • Vatican Closer to Condemning Smoking

    01/01/2005 4:14:04 PM PST · by Catholic54321 · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    UPI ^ | 31 December 2004
    Vatican City, Vatican City, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An article in a leading Roman Catholic journal signals that the Vatican may join the public health establishment's crusade against cigarette smoking. The latest edition of the scholarly publication Civilta Cattolica, published by the Jesuits and approved by a top aide to Pope John Paul II, says smokers cannot damage their own health and that of others "without moral responsibility." The article by Giuseppe de Rosa stops short of calling smoking a sin, but says lighting up is "not neutral either in social or indeed moral terms." De Rosa's views, and presumably...
  • EU irked by Turkish adultery law

    09/09/2004 10:34:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 598+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 9 September, 2004 | correspondent
    The adultery law is part of a package of sweeping changes to the penal code, which include the abolition of torture and the expansion of individual liberties. The changes are an effort to bring Turkey's legal code into line with European human rights legislation. Mr Verheugen, who has spent the last few days touring Turkey, expressed his concerns in an interview with the Turkish Vatan newspaper. "If Turkey tries to include crimes that are not in other countries' laws in its penal code, European Union countries could interpret this as Islamic law entering Turkish law," he told the paper... [adding]...
  • VATICAN CITY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS AS A SOVEREIGN STATE

    02/10/2004 1:54:13 PM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 272+ views
    Holy See Press Office ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2004
    VATICAN CITY, FEB 10, 2004 (VIS) - Tomorrow is a holiday in the Vatican as this tiny city-state celebrates its 75th anniversary as a sovereign entity. February 11, 2004, in fact, marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Lateran Pacts on the same date in 1929. Signed in the Popes' Room of the Lateran Palace by Benito Mussolini, the representative of the King of Italy, and by Cardinal Pietro Gasbarri, the Secretary of State of Pope Pius XI, the Pacts were a triple agreement: a political treaty, a financial convention and a concordat. This agreement ended the famous...