Pope Pius XII News
White Smoke, Pope; Black Smoke, Nope: How Conclave Smoke Gets Its Color
The world waited with bated breath for the election of a new pope, with all eyes fixed on the tiny chimney perched on the roof of the Sistine Chapel for a sign of either black smoke or white smoke. For three votes, the smoke spewed out in thick black billows , indicating a new pope has yet to be
Pope Benedict Dogged By Nazi Past, Despite Jewish Support
When Benedict XVI ascended to the papacy after the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, world Jewish leaders were nervous about the new German-born pope. Joseph Ratzinger had joined the Hitler youth as a 14-year-old and went on to serve in the German military, as 6 million Jews were sent off to the
Pope's Resignation: Health and the Papacy
Pope Benedict XVI is the first Holy See to voluntarily resign because of old age and deteriorating health, but the papacy has a long history of ailing health -- from depression to gout to cancer. According to church law, as long as a pope is able to conduct Mass, he can continue to do so – even if
Oct. 9: Washington Monument Opens; ‘Black Sox’ Scandal
1888 Washington Monument Opened to Public The planning stage for a monument to honor America’s first president began in 1783. The Washington National Monument Society did not select Robert Mills’ obelisk design until 1836, and construction was not complete until 1884. Following an August 2011...
Pope Surprises Critics by Talking Condom Use and Church's Decisions During Holocaust
Pope Allows Some Condom Use, Regrets Lifting Excommunication of Holocaust Denier
The Quiet Death of a Nazi
Spiegel Conducts the Last and Only Interview with Nazi Officer, Martin Sandberger
Italian Monks Reportedly Hid The Holy Shroud From Hitler
According to an Italian monk, the real reason the Holy Shroud was hidden in a remote monastery in southern Italy during World War II was to protect it from the thieving hands of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Officially the famous linen cloth, also known as the Shroud of Turin and believed to have
Covering the Abuse Scandal: “Did the Devil Make Me Do It?"
Rome The Vatican message machine was at it again today. Throughout Holy Week, observers and worshippers alike have been listening for any reference to the scandal from the pope. Instead, they’ve gotten silence and occasional defensiveness. Today, they got outright weirdness. First, a preacher at ...
Pope Arrives to Mend Fences in the Middle East
Benedict's Visit Could Smooth Relations or Prolong the Mistrust Between Faiths