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Bill Donohue: Accused Catholic Priests Aren't Pedophiles, They Are Homosexuals

4 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"An editorial in today’s New York Times cites the Vatican’s disciplinary action against its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the now-defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. It invokes Pope Francis’ promise that in the pedophilia...Show More Summary

A Catholic Nun Spent Her Life Fighting for LGBT Rights, Even Against Vatican Wishes

The following post is an excerpt from the new book, If Nuns Ruled the World (Open Road, September 2014), which aims to shatter stereotypes about Catholic nuns. This chapter profiles Sister Jeannine Gramick, who has dedicated her life...Show More Summary

Pope Benedict Meets with Juventutem and Populus Summorum Pontificum Leaders

According to Zenit News,, and Vatican Insider, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI surprised Cosimo Marti, the treasurer of the International Juventutem Federation, with an invitation to visit him yesterday. Marti had asked some...Show More Summary

Who Owns London?

4 days agoEngland / London : Londonist

Qatar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and possibly the Vatican.

Small Island Developing States Take Up a Gigantic Challenge

Protective stone wall by the roadside, Seychelles/Lawrence Hislop, GRID After the Vatican, the world's smallest independent state is the Republic of Nauru -- a tiny island in Micronesia measuring about 8 square miles, roughly equivalent to one-tenth of greater Barcelona. Show More Summary

Rome’s Nightmare: ISIS Plot to Kill Pope

5 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the cross hairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security.

Dominican court opens case on ex-Vatican official

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A court in the Dominican Republic has taken the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country.

Vatican Yanks Diplomatic Immunity For Archbishop Accused Of Child Molestation

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Vatican has yanked the diplomatic immunity for an ambassador it secretly recalled from the Dominican Republic before child molestation charges could be filed. The former ambassador, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, has already been defrocked by the Vatican, the harshest penalty under the church’s canon law short of excommunication. Show More Summary

Vatican strips former ambassador of immunity

IN A REVERSAL, the Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts.

Former papal diplomat could face trial in Dominican Republic: Vatican

last weekNews : The Newsroom

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A former Polish archbishop and papal diplomat who was defrocked after allegations of paying children for sexual acts has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried in the Dominican Republic, the Vatican said. Show More Summary

Is Pope Francis at War with the Vatican Itself?

Catholics are often told to be in the world but not of the world, meaning that while they carry on ordinary lives, they should never forget their faith and what it demands of them. In a similar way, Pope Francis seems to be urging the Vatican to be in Italy (or at least, entirely surrounded by it) but not of Italy. Show More Summary

ISIS Supporting Hacker Group Claims Responsibility For Cyber Attacks On PlayStation And Vatican Websites

Sunday was a big day for the ISIS-supporting hacker group, "Lizard Squad." Yesterday they claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on Sony's PlayStation Network, and tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines, saying that explosives were on board the flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley. Show More Summary

Chinese group asks Pope Francis not to 'interfere' with the country's religion

Pope Francis has sent messages of good will to China, but the affections may not be returned. Francis asked China to open new talks between the Vatican and Beijing officials, but China is worried the pope will "interfere" with China's religion. Show More Summary

Pope endorses Sept. 1 interreligious peace match

last weekNews : The Newsroom

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids.

Will Child-Abusing Former Nuncio Receive Secular Justice in the Vatican? Dominicans Aren’t Holding Their Breath

Since we last wrote about Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (below), almost a year ago, he's been through some changes. You may recall that Wesolowski, the papal nuncio (ambassador) to the Dominican Republic, was recalled to Rome after allegations surfaced that he'd been sexually abusing Dominican boys for years. Show More Summary

Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope's Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been active...Show More Summary

Dumbing down of diplomacy

One can be forgiven for dismissing the appointment of Canada’s new ambassador to the Vatican as a matter of no consequence. But this posting in the midst of a hot summer of global conflict may have been the last straw for the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO). Show More Summary

Here’s why we really do need to show what the Islamic Sate does

Luke Darcy on Triple M on the Catholic Church not wanting to hand over all Vatican

Pope Francis calls parents of journalist James Foley

last weekNews : The Newsroom

Pope Francis called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, to offer his condolences and support, a Vatican spokesman said on Friday. The pope spoke at length with Diane and John Foley on Thursday afternoon with the aid of a Spanish-speaking friend of the family, the spokesman said. Show More Summary

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