Category Archives: Vatican

Vatican Unveils New Tank

ROME — In a surprise press conference yesterday, high-ranking Vatican official Cardinal Giacomo Tortellini announced that the Vatican has been developing a new main battle tank. “As Prefect for the Congregation of Defense, I felt it was necessary to take concrete action to protect the Holy See from her enemies.  This is the first new […]

Pope Francis Talks About Selling The Pieta

In a recent interview, Pope Francis spoke frankly about something that more than a few people have speculated on – whether he will sell the Vatican’s priceless works of art and give the money to the poor. In an interview with a Dutch newspaper published by homeless people, Pope Francis was asked whether, given his […]

Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

  Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay […]

Wednesday the President, Sunday the Pope

When an American President invites someone to the White House, or even says his name in a public address, more than style points are at stake. We can argue about his legacy, but someone who understood this well and used it to good effect was President George W. Bush, who made it his purpose to […]

Priest Spends Ten Months Playing With Legos, Everybody Wins

This.  Is.  Awesome. Fr. Bob Simon, from St. Catherine of Siena parish in Moscow, Pennsylvania, has built a detailed model of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square entirely out of Legos, which will be on display at the Franklin Institute through February 15. Five fun facts: 1.  The model Vatican measures 14×6 feet and uses 500,000 […]

Mercy Enough to Go Around

Pope Francis issued a letter this morning that has caused quite a stir in the media. (It’s not long; go ahead and read it.) In the letter, the Holy Father said that, as part of the Jubilee of Mercy, all priests would be given “discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it.” The […]

Vatican Issues Long-Awaited Statement on Gay Penguins

No, for real. You used to have to make this stuff up.  Not anymore. This is what happened: An Italian lesbian wrote a children’s book about two gay penguins who adopt a baby penguin and raise it as their own.  The book found its way onto the reading lists of some primary schools.  Sounds about […]

Praise Be

It’s out. At 4 AM Eastern Time, or noon in Rome, Pope Francis officially released his newest encyclical titled Laudato Si — Praise Be: On the Care for our Common Home. First — here is a link to the document itself: In case the Vatican website is down (as it was earlier), here is […]

My Papa’s Secret: A Response To Frank Bruni

ROME, ITALY – He had a spark in his grin. It was 6:00 AM and I saw a flash of him as I ran past.  Yes, it was 6:00 AM and I was running for my life.  I had to make it.  I had to get to the front row. At the papal audience, that […]



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