Posts Tagged ‘Pope’
Posted by Mr DoctorE on July 17, 2013
Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win ‘indulgences’ by following World Youth Day on Twitter
In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.
The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.
The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.
But a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.
“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on May 25, 2013
The new Pope Francis has declared that Atheists can make it into Heaven AKA Celestial North Korea.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on May 24, 2013
The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC, 5-23-2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on March 26, 2013
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on March 18, 2013
Piers = Fake catholic. “Understandable” as religion is the biggest fake(Pimp my grave) ever
The outspoken atheist Penn Jillette destroys the modernist Piers Morgan in a debate on the Catholicism and the papacy.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 24, 2013
They are all nuts.. in the vatican/catholic church
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 14, 2013
America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, declares she is out of the running to take Pope Benedict XVI’s place as the head of a cult called “Roman Catholicism” that worships a goddess called Mary.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on February 12, 2013
Not keen on meeting Je$u$ in Hevn.. eh
A day after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, the Vatican has acknowledged that the pontiff has had a pacemaker for years.
But Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi reiterated that he was not stepping down because of any specific illness.
His last public appearance will be his final mass in Saint Peter’s Square on 27 February, Fr Lombardi said.
The pontiff would have no role in the running of the church after his resignation, he added.
The unexpected development – the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years – surprised governments, Vatican-watchers and even the Pope’s closest aides.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 after John Paul II’s death.
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on January 22, 2013
Papacy used offshore tax havens to create £500m international portfolio, featuring real estate in UK, France and Switzerland
Few passing London tourists would ever guess that the premises of Bulgari, the upmarket jewellers in New Bond Street, had anything to do with the pope. Nor indeed the nearby headquarters of the wealthy investment bank Altium Capital, on the corner of St James’s Square and Pall Mall.
But these office blocks in one of London’s most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican.
Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.
Since then the international value of Mussolini’s nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James’s Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.
The surprising aspect for some will be the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions. The St James’s Square office block was bought by a company called British Grolux Investments Ltd, which also holds the other UK properties. Published registers at Companies House do not disclose the company’s true ownership, nor make any mention of the Vatican.
Instead, they list two nominee shareholders, both prominent Catholic bankers: John Varley, recently chief executive of Barclays Bank, and Robin Herbert, formerly of the Leopold Joseph merchant bank. Letters were sent from the Guardian to each of them asking whom they act for. They went unanswered. British company law allows the true beneficial ownership of companies to be concealed behind nominees in this way
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Posted by Mr DoctorE on November 21, 2012
DUH The whole thing is one big myth, the virgin birth, the son of the master of the universe.. pure myth, obvious
With just over a month to go before Christmas, the Pope has declared that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth
As churches and families around the world prepare to dust off their Nativity figures for the festive season, Benedict writes in a new book on Christ that contrary to popular belief, Jesus’s birth was not presided over by oxen, asses, camels or indeed any other beasts.
“There is no mention of animals in the Gospels,” he wrote in the third and last volume of his biography of Jesus Christ, which like the previous two books is expected to become an international best-seller, with an initial print run of a million copies.
The inclusion of domestic animals in the Nativity scene may have been inspired by pre-Christian traditions, for instance in the Book of Habakkuk, a part of the Hebrew Bible which was probably written by an early prophet in the seventh century BC, Benedict wrote.
But children around the world need not be too disappointed – the German pontiff said that the tradition of donkeys or oxen beside the manger was so deeply entrenched that it would doubtless survive his scepticism.
“No one will give up the oxen and the donkey in their Nativity scenes
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