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Pope Francis bolsters anti-child abuse legislation in Vatican

Pope Francis on Thursday bolstered criminal legislation against child abuse in the Vatican in an overhaul of laws that apply to the clergymen and lay people who work in the tiny city state. The Vatican said in a statement that the pope’s decree included “a broader definition of the category…

WATCH LIVE: White smoke rises over Vatican to signal election of new pope

White smoke was seen rising over the Vatican on Wednesday, signaling the election of a new pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Catholic Church and spiritual figurehead to 1.2 billion people around the world. After more than an hour of tense speculation in the…

Pope to make first appearance since shock resignation in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday

Thousands of the faithful will flock into St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday to bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI at his first public appearance since the shock announcement of his resignation. The 85-year-old Benedict, who said on Monday that he would step down on February 28 because of his advancing…

Rome prosecutors link Vatican cleric to 29-year mystery of missing girl

The Vatican is under pressure to help resolve one of the strangest of many enigmas lingering in Italy from the cold war years. For four years, prosecutors in Rome have been making a renewed attempt to get at the truth behind the disappearance in 1983 of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old…

U.S. sees Vatican as potential money laundering hub

WASHINGTON — The US State Department for the first time listed the Vatican as potentially vulnerable to money laundering, along with 67 other countries. The department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy report listed the Vatican as a “jurisdiction of concern” along with countries like Albania, the Czech Republic, Egypt, South…

Pope creates 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI led a solemn ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Saturday to induct 22 new cardinals into the prestigious college that will one day elect his successor. The 84-year-old pope, who entered the vast basilica on a rolling platform wearing red and gold vestments, presented the new “princes…

U.S. clergy sex abuse case against Vatican dropped

CHICAGO — A civil lawsuit launched in the United States seeking to tie the Vatican and the Pope to an alleged decades-long cover-up of clergy sex abuse has been dropped, the plaintiff’s lawyer said. The suit was filed in 2010 on behalf of an unnamed victim of an alleged serial…

Paper: The Devil is living in the Vatican, says the Pope’s chief exorcist

You can’t make this stuff up. At one time you might have thought what you’re about to read was an extreme looney-toon statement, but given the vortex of evil coming to light — the criminal pedophile priest protection enterprise sitting at Benedict’s door of responsibility, the pimping out of undocumented…

There’s nothing in the world that’s not the fault of bitches

Via Sadly, No, I see that the Vatican and their misogynist sycophants like the Anchoress are up to their usual tricks, namely blaming women—as they’ve done going back to Eve—for pretty much everything that goes wrong, even when the vast majority of people who fucked this up were male. You,…

Quote of the day: bishop says no to homo tourism at Vatican

Love it — no matter that the child-raping priests and fornicators are welcome, the homos shouldn’t darken the door of the Vatican: ETN asked the Bishop [Janusz Kaleta of Holy See, the Apostolic Administrator of Atyrau] if the Vatican’s stand was clearly against [gay] tourism, and the Bishop answered: “The…

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