Catholics

5:51am

Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope John Paul II Will Be Made A Saint

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 8:03 am

Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1995.
David Ake AFP/Getty Images

1:29pm

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Top Vatican Bank Officials Resign

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:42 pm

Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican Bank Institute for Works of Religion, or IOR, talks with The Associated Press during an interview June 10 at his office in Vatican City. He was named the bank's interim director on Monday after the director and the deputy director both resigned.
Domenico Stinellis AP

Two top officials of the Vatican bank resigned Monday just days following the arrest of a senior cleric with ties to the institution after police caught him with the equivalent of about $26 million in cash that they say he was trying to bring into Italy from Switzerland.

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12:15pm

Thu June 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Second Reported Miracle Paves Way For Pope John Paul's Sainthood

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 12:53 pm

Cardinal Stanislav Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, prays in front of the late pope's tomb at St. Peter's Basilica in 2011, in Vatican City.
Getty Images

It's a miracle, though we're not quite sure of the details yet.

A Vatican official confirms that a committee of theologians has approved a second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II's posthumous intercession — a sine qua non for sainthood.

Italian media say a Costa Rican woman was cured of a severe brain injury after her family prayed to the memory of the late pope. The Vatican is set to release details in the next week or so.

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4:12am

Wed June 19, 2013
Parallels

Parvum Opus: Followers Flock To Pope's Latin Twitter Feed

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 7:40 am

Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a Latin expert at the Vatican, says people from all walks of life are following the pope's Twitter feed in Latin.
Sylvia Poggioli/NPR

Against all Vatican expectations, the pope's Twitter account in Latin has gained more than 100,000 followers in six months and continues to grow.

Followers are not exclusively Roman Catholics or Latin scholars, but represent a wide variety of professions and religions from all over the world. Some go so far as to claim that the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st-century social media.

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5:18am

Fri June 14, 2013
Religion

Harley Davidson Sends Pope Francis Gifts

The company sent the pope two motorcycles and a leather jacket. The occasion is a gathering of bikers in Vatican City this weekend hoping for a blessing of the motorbikes.

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