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From the recycling bin to the Vatican: Canadian CEO takes plastic plan to church

The CEO of a Canadian plastic-for-currency enterprise met with a top Catholic official in Vatican City on Wednesday, where he pitched the Catholic Church on methods for reducing plastic waste in the ocean while helping the world's poor. Plastic Bank founder and CEO David Katz says the meeting was

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Grammy winner sings with Sistine Chapel Choir in new Christmas CD

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - In a new release of music for Advent and Christmas, multiple Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli sings with the pope's Sistine Chapel Choir. It marks the first time one of the oldest choirs in the world has issued a recording with a female singer, Msgr. Massimo Pa

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ISIS Recruitment Posters Show Pope Francis Beheading, Threats Against Christmas

The pro-ISIS Wafa' Media Foundation is distributing a propaganda poster showing a beheaded Pope Francis poster just days after releasing a video showing a masked man driving towards Vatican City's St. Peter's Basilica. The gruesome image shows an Islamic State member leaning over the decapitated bod


Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named "Section for the Diplomatic Staff," and is tasked with overseeing t


Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a 'great sin'

VATICAN CITY - Celebrating Mass with poor people, Pope Francis is denouncing "indifference" as a great sin. St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday was filled with poor people as well as prelates as the Catholic church marked its first "World Day for the Poor." Francis decried those who contend that poverty'


'Like having human-rights discussion in N. Korea': WMA debates euthanasia in Vatican City

The World Medical Association (WMA) held a two-day event to debate patient rights, treatment limitations, as well as differing perspectives on end-of-life care and the right to die. Surprisingly, Vatican City, home of the Catholic Church, hosted the event. Organised by the WMA, the German Medical


Special Lamborghini Huracan has the Pope's blessings

Lamborghini has recently gifted a unique Huracan LP580-2 to Pope Francis in the Vatican City. However, the blessed Huracan will not be driven by the Pope, but instead will be sold at an upcoming charity auction held by RM Sotheby's on May 12, 2018. Proceeds from the sale will be given to benefit gro


Pope Francis Condemns Growing Healthcare Inequality In Wealthy Countries

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned on Thursday inequality in healthcare, particularly in rich countries, saying governments had a duty to protect all citizens. "Increasingly sophisticated and costly treatments are available to ever more limited and privileged segments of the population


The Pope is giving away a white and gold Lamborghini because of ISIS

Pope Francis is known for his modest taste in transportation, eschewing his "Popemobile" for a small, black Fiat 500. So when Lamborghini handed him a papal gold and white Huracan, there was little chance that Vatican City natives would see the pontiff performing donuts in St. Peter's Square. Instea


Lamborghini Huracan Given to the Pope Will be Auctioned for Charity

This Huracan RWD Coupe will be auctioned next May, so His Holiness has time to do some donuts in Vatican City beforehand. His Holiness Pope Francis seems to be a bit of a car enthusiast. His regular ride-when he's not being driven around in the Popemobile-is a 1984 Renault 4, and now, he has someth


Pope's Chile-Peru trip to include focus on indigenous people

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' trip to Chile and Peru in January is likely to focus on the plight of indigenous peoples, with a day dedicated to the Amazon and a visit to a region wracked by tensions with Chile's Mapuche group. The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Jan. 15-22 trip, whic


Correction: Vatican-Nuclear story

VATICAN CITY - In a story Nov. 10 about a nuclear disarmament conference at the Vatican, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the U.S. embassy official who attended. His name is Louis Bono, not Luis. A corrected version of the story is below: Pope asks leaders to imagine a world without nucle


Pope Francis to Ban Sales of Cigarettes in Vatican City, Despite $11 Million in Profits

VATICAN CITY - It may bring in $11 million in profit for the Vatican, but Pope Francis is just saying "no" when it comes to the sales of cigarettes. The Holy See Press Offices says the Pope's decision was based on the World Health Organization's data that states smoking causes more than seven millio


Vatican City's 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation stamp

The Vatican City will issue its commemorative stamp marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Nov. 23. The stamp was listed on the Vatican City's 2017 program announced several months ago, but the design wasn't revealed until Oct. 31, the anniversary date of Martin Luther nailing 9


Holy Smoke! Vatican bans sale of cigarettes to employees on health grounds

Pope Francis has decided to end the sale of cheaper cigarettes to employees and former employees inside the Vatican. A spokesman for the Pope said he was keen to end the "fringe benefit" of discounted cigarettes on health grounds, with the ban coming into place in 2018. Cigarettes are about 50 cents


Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes. The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop and supermarket - giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profit. Francis made the decision becaus


Put down cellphones during mass, Pope Francis implores

Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to put down their cellphones during worship - which, he said, should be a time for prayer and not for taking photos. That means priests and bishops, too, he said. "This is a bad thing," he said during his weekly general audience on Wednesday at St. Peter's Square


Pope seeks to defuse Korea tension, push nuclear disarmament

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries wi


Pope bans cigarette sales at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY - Concerned by the damage caused by smoking, Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City State. Starting in 2018, the Vatican "will cease to sell cigarettes to employees," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said in a Nov. 9 statement. "The reason is very simple: The Holy


Vatican City and financial players on using cryptos to stop human trafficking

Despite Bitcoin's hockey-stick price chart over the last week, hitting $7,500 level, still, the general perception of the digital currency is that it can be largely used for illegal purposes like drug and human trafficking, terrorist financing and others. Now, Vatican City is working with major fin