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Sudan Woman Meets the Pope

Sudan Woman Meets the Pope

Finally safe with her husband Daniel Wani and the children, Meriam Ibrahim met Pope Francis with a welcome and a private audience worthy of a heroine. The woman who finally made it out of Sudan after it decided to overturn her death sentence met with Pope Francis, speaking to him for over 30 minutes. Along with […]

Pope Francis Repeating Interview History

Pope Francis Repeating Interview History

Pope Francis’ most recent interview with the Italian publication La Repubblica has caused waves with the pontiff’s remarks about priestly celibacy and pedophilia. But criticism from  Vatican spokespersons has cast suspicion on the interviewer’s accuracy and led to a case of deja vu for many observers. This is not the first interview the Argentine rockstar-pope […]

Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for Church Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for Church Sexual Abuse

In a moment of extreme contrition, Pope Francis begged forgiveness from victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic Church clergymen. The Pontiff delivered his message of guilt and sorrow on Monday in a homily at a Mass with adult victims of sexual crimes. Cases of sexual abuse by members of the Church have been discovered […]

Must-See Masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery

Must-See Masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery

When in Rome, do what the Romans do. When in Florence, visit the Uffizi Gallery. At the museum, visitors will find masterpieces from the Renaissance, prints and drawings, and classical sculptures housed within 45 museum halls. A one-day visit is not enough time truly to appreciate the Uffizi Gallery’s vast collection. These are the Gallery’s […]

Twitter of the Renaissance

Twitter of the Renaissance

Twitter may be the modern medium for short and clever political commentary, but in Rome during the Renaissance, politically-minded Romans made old statues speak. In the early 16th century, Romans began to lampoon the people in power, the popes and their agents, with satirical verses they hung on an old Roman statue in Parione square which they […]

Peace Prayers at the Vatican

Peace Prayers at the Vatican

For the first time in history, Jewish, Christian and Islamic peace prayers were held at the Vatican on Sunday, June 8. During Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land last month, he invited Shimon Peres, Israeli President and Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President to the Vatican to join together in prayer, in an effort to promote […]

Prostitution and Drugs Recognized as Part of Economy

Prostitution and Drugs Recognized as Part of Economy

Earlier this week two countries announced that they would recognize prostitution and drugs as part of the economy. Italy and the United Kingdom (U.K.) now include these illegal activities as part of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is the current method of measuring how much a country’s economy grows or contracts. The U.K. Office of […]

Pope Francis Contemplates Retirement

Pope Francis Contemplates Retirement

Pope Francis spoke with reporters recently and said he would not rule out the possibility of retiring in the manner of Pope Benedict XVI. Aboard the Papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis talked to reporters about money, sex and the possibility of retiring. Following a successful — […]

Pope Francis Sets Stage for Reviving Israeli, Palestinian Peace Talks

Pope Francis Sets Stage for Reviving Israeli, Palestinian Peace Talks

Pope Francis has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican to revive peace talks between the two dueling states in an effort to to move towards a two-state solution. The two sides presidents have both accepted the Pope’s invitation to meet at the Vatican next month to join him to pray for peace in […]

Balotelli Target of Racial Abuse Once Again

Balotelli Target of Racial Abuse Once Again

Italian footballer Mario Balotelli has once again been the target of racial abuse, this time while the star striker was training with the Italian national team at the Coverciano Complex near Florence. A small group of young men reportedly hurled racial slurs at Balotelli as he trained with his teammates less than 50 meters away. […]

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