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Pope Francis: Global economy ‘sacrifices man at the feet of the idol of money’

Pope says global economy discards young (via AFP) Pope Francis launched a sweeping attack on the world’s economic system in an interview released Friday, saying it discards the young, puts money ahead of people and survives on the profits of war. The 77-year-old leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman……

Pope Francis: There will be ‘no privileges’ for bishops implicated in child sex crime scandal

Pope says ‘no privileges’ for bishops on abuse (via AFP) Pope Francis on Monday warned there were “no privileges” for bishops when it came to child sex crimes and said he would hold a special mass with victims next week in the Vatican. “Three bishops are being investigated,” Francis told…

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Israel attack victims memorial

Pope Francis on Monday made an impromptu stop at an Israeli memorial for victims of militant attacks, on the final day of his whirlwind Middle Eastern pilgrimage. The unscheduled gesture, which came as he visited the national cemetery on Mount Herzl……

Pope Francis says Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘unacceptable’

Pope Francis arrives in Bethlehem Sunday to begin the most sensitive part of his three-day Middle East tour aimed at forging regional peace and easing an age-old rift within Christianity. After beginning his trip in Jordan on Saturday with an urgent……

Pope Francis faces political and religious minefield in Holy Land

Vatican says purpose of visit is mainly religious, but political spectres hang over three-day tour of Jordan, Palestine and Israel In a refugee camp near Bethlehem, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’s first official trip to the Holy Land, which begins on Saturday night. On Saturday, in the…

Israeli police say they won’t let extremists spoil Pope Francis’ visit

Israel's top police officer on Sunday vowed that Jewish extremists would not be allowed to spoil the upcoming visit of Pope Francis by vandalising Christian holy places. "You cannot exaggerate the importance of this visit on both a national and an international……

Stephen Colbert isn’t too sure about Pope Francis welcoming Martians into Heaven

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert complained about Pope Francis’s statement that he would be amenable to baptizing Martians. “Ever since he took over the Church,” Colbert began, “he’s been a little too welcoming to all God’s children. Just last year, he said ‘even atheists can go to Heaven.’”…

Stephen Colbert attacks Pope Francis, Jesus, and God for being foreigners, socialists

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert began by reminding his audience that he’s the nation’s more prominent Catholic. “My faith is so strong,” he said, “doctors have actually called it a Messiah complex.” “I’m also America’s foremost capitalist,” he continued. “I love the Invisible Hand of the market so…

The new Pope believes in demon possession. This is a problem.

I touched on this briefly in a Slate post, but I want to dig in and talk about it some more. Anthony Faiola has an alarming piece up at the Washington Post about how the small but devout exorcist community within the Catholic church is getting a huge boost from…

‘Modern’ Pope Francis turns to old-school exorcism to fight the scourge of secularism

As Mother Teresa lay in a Calcutta hospital the year before she died, her violently disturbed sleep became intolerable, her doctors seemingly unable to help. The problem, the visiting Archbishop of Calcutta suggested, was not a medical matter but something altogether more sinister: this living saint was being attacked by the…

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