VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE VATICAN JOIN FORCES FOR ART EXHIBITION. Rome’s Jewish community and the Vatican Museums will be holding a joint art exhibition from May 15 to July 23 in an effort to further improve Catholic-Jewish relations. The exhibit, a first-ever collaboration between the two, will showcase over 100 items, including religious documents, candlesticks, stone tablets from the Jewish catacombs in Rome, sarcophagi, ancient Roman glasses, and paintings. The main focus, however, will be a 2,000-year-old…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : From an altar in a dingy backyard four hours from Beijing, Paul Dong is conducting mass. He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious…

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Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’ At The Vatican

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’ At The Vatican In an upcoming memoir about his pontificate, Benedict revealed that he broke up a ‘gay lobby’ that had tried to wield power at the Vatican. Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called “The Last Conversations,” is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own…

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At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’

At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’

At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’ A general view is seen of Pope Francis leading the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on March 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic activist Sister Simone Campbell has suggested that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues that affect the faithful, like clerical sexual abuse.The U.S. nun, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign that has toured America during recent election cycles, spoke frankly in…

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Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, then German bishop of the Regensburg, looks on during a religious conference at the Vatican March 11, 2010. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top doctrinal official, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, has rejected suggestions from a clergy abuse victim that Pope Francis is facing critical internal resistance from foes of his efforts to overhaul the church’s central administration.Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key department of the…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious communities and eliminate certain beliefs and practices,” the report said. Its release comes amid hot speculation…

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Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion Vatican City, Feb 17, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her. “For me, I was surprised,” she told CNA. “(He is) very open to all of the cultures, all of the religions, and he sets an example for all the religious people in the world, because…

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Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a talk with representatives of Catholic men’s religious orders, Pope Francis admitted there’s “corruption” in the Vatican but said he is not troubled by it and is working to reform the church administration. “There is corruption in the Vatican. But I’m at peace. … If there is a problem, I write a note to St. Joseph and put it under a statue that I have in my room. It is a statue of St. Joseph sleeping. And now he…

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Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives Anti-Pope : Romans awoke last Saturday morning to find the walls of their city plastered with dozens of posters featuring a scowling Pope Francis hovering above text asking the pontiff “Where’s your mercy?” The accusations of hypocrisy aimed at the Catholic leader’s call for a more compassionate church has Italian police frantically searching security camera footage for the culprits. But so far, there have been few leads and no group has claimed responsibility for the posters. But some…

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Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry VATICAN CITY (Reuters) The Vatican is demanding that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry ordered by Pope Francis into alleged irregularities. In the latest salvo of a battle of wills between the heads of two of the world’s oldest institutions, a Vatican statement on Tuesday (Jan. 17) also rejected what it said was an attempt by the Rome-based Knights to discredit members of a papal commission of inquiry.…

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