News about Pope Francis

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Pope Francis Offers Sanctuary To Some Lesbos Refugees

Pope Francis, who is visiting Lesbos, is reportedly to offer a home in the Vatican to a small group of refugees facing deportation from the Greek island of Lesbos.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Pope Questions Trump's Christianity

Pope Francis said "a person who thinks only about building walls... and not of building bridges, is not Christian".

That was roundly condemned by Mr Trump, who issued a statement in which he called the comments "disgraceful".

All very well and good for the Pope to speak his mind about American politics, maybe. However, by doing so he enabled Trump to dominate the news headlines once again.

Monday, 7 December 2015

The Vatican Appoints Its First Ever Auditor

Good luck to PwC, there will be a lot of skeletons in a lot of cupboards!

Monday, 9 November 2015

God Loves Twitter

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Vatican's Hidden Billions

As per economia, over €1bn hidden off the Vatican’s books have been identified by Cardinal George Pell, the man charged with cleaning up its finances.

In its first financial statement published since the appointment of Pell, the Vatican announced that assets previously off the balance sheets amounted to €1.1bn (£776m), previously unannounced liabilities totalled €222m.

Pell was appointed by Pope Francis in an attempt to wrest Vatican finances out of the hands of Italian bureaucrats.

Off balance sheet accounting, the hallmark an "honest" enterprise! 

I dare say that this is abut the tip of a very large ugly iceberg.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Did The Pope Perform an Exorcism?

A fair amount of fuss is being made over the Pope's laying on of hands to a sick person during the Mass in St Peter's Square on Sunday.

The BBC reports that TV footage shows a young man, who is in a wheelchair, opening his mouth and either screaming or breathing deeply as the Pope puts his hands on his head and prays for him during the Mass in St Peter's Square.

Cue those who believe in demons and such nonsense to claim that the Pope performed an exorcism, a claim that the Vatican has swiftly denied.

A few centuries ago the Vatican would have proudly boasted that it was an exorcism. However, these days it knows that such claims would be ridiculed.

As with all religions, people choose to believe what suits them, and will read into actions and words anything they want; facts become irrelevant.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pope Shuns Penthouse

The BBC reports that the Pope, for the moment, will shun a grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace in favour of a modest two-room residence.

However, I dare say his advisers will be pushing hard for him to take up the penthouse, doubtless using "security" concerns" as the lever by which to apply pressure.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pope Attends Inaugural Mass

The inauguration Mass for Pope Francis has been held in St Peter's Square in Rome.

The BBC reports that his homily called on global leaders and all people of the world to protect the weak and the poor.

Up to 200,000 people attended the Mass.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Argentina Asks For Papal Intervention Over Falklands

As per Alan Johnston:
"Argentina's President asks for Pope's intervention in the Falklands dispute. Appeal came during talks at the Vatican."
This of course is a waste of time, as everyone knows that God is British!