Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Vatican visitors threatened – ISIS wants “Christmas blood” Comments 0

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Vatican visitors may be Islamic State’s (ISIS) next terror targets. A pro-ISIS propaganda channel has made a poster depicting a car attack. The poster – reading “Christmas blood” – shows a masked jihadi driving a BMW at high speed towards St Peter’s Basilica. An assault rifle and a rucksack can be seen on the seat Read more

Vatican history of tobacco use Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017

John B. Buescher offers an entertaining history of tobacco use in the Vatican. It turns out that rolled tobacco (cigars and cigarettes) has been especially favoured by recent pontiffs: Pius X took snuff and smoked cigars. Benedict XV did not smoke and did not like others’ smoke. Pius XI smoked an occasional cigar. Pius XII did not Read more

Vatileaks author’s new book promises fresh secrets Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

An Italian journalist known as the “Vatileaks’ author is about to publish a new book revealing fresh secrets about sex, crimes and money in the Holy See. Gianluigi Nuzzi faced court over his last book (Vatican SpA) for leaking confidential Vatican documents. His new book is called Original Sin: Secret Accounts, Hidden Truths, Blackmail and Read more

New Vatican stamps to be released Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Two new postage stamps will be released by the Vatican on 23 November. One is a 2.55-euro stamp celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales’s birth. The other is a 1.00-euro stamp marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Read more Related Posts:Wellington Lutherans and Catholics commemorate 500th…Plenary indulgence opportunity until 26 Read more

China’s president trying to control religion Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

China’s President Xi Jinping says he wants to make the country’s many religions more Chinese-oriented by instilling socialist core values. Speaking at the country’s five-yearly Communist Party conference, Xi said religion poses threats to national security. He told the conference that separatism promoted under the guise of religion would not be tolerated. Although China officially Read more

Irish influence at Vatican growing Comments 0

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Bishop Paul Tighe has been appointed secretary to the Vatican’s Council for Culture. This is considered one of the more senior posts at the Vatican. Tighe moved to the Vatican from Dublin in 20017 when he appointed secretary to the Council for Communications. The Irish Times says he joins “a growing coterie of influential Irishmen Read more

Water is for everyone, especially poor people says Cardinal Comments 0

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Although water scarcity may create conflict and even war, it may generate opportunities for partnerships and collaborations to benefit especially the poor, says Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Read more Related Posts:Vatican’s Secretary of State to visit Moscow on…Russia holds the key to world peaceWater scarcity could lead to third world war says…Pope Read more

Callista Gingrich US ambassador to Rome Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Callista Gingrich is the United States’ new ambassador-designate to Rome, according to a statement from the US Embassy to the Holy See. The Senate confirmed her election with a vote of 70-23. News sources say Gingrich is a practising Catholic. She is the third wife of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who is Read more

Australian bishops return from Rome crisis talks Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, who is Vice President of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, says Australia is facing the biggest crisis in its history. Coleridge has just returned from Rome where he and other bishops have been discussing how to address the fallout resulting from Australia’s clerical sexual abuse crisis. Of particular importance in Read more

Vatican auditor-general: did he jump or was he pushed? Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The first independent Vatican auditor-general and the Vatican are telling different stories about why he resigned in June. Libero Milone says he was accused of spying after opponents of Pope Francis’ financial reforms mounted a campaign against him. The Vatican press office says Milone was “going outside his competencies and illegally hired an external company Read more