Rome in the News, January 2014

Model Vatican 2

God sends seagull and crow to attack Pope’s peace doves from Faith’s Corner

Birds of pray: Doves released in the Vatican as a gesture of peace are immediately ATTACKED by vicious seagull and crow from MailOnline

Vatican Doves Attacked by Seagull Happened Same Time Last Year from Canada Free Press

Italian animal rights group calls on Pope stop to releasing doves after attack from The Telegraph

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Pope John Paul II’s blood stolen from church in Italy from The Guardian

Blood of Pope John Paul II stolen in possible ‘satanic’ theft from The Telegraph

Relic of late pope’s blood stolen in Italy from Yahoo! News

Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Italy church from Reuters

Men arrested over theft of relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II may have thrown it away, police fear from MailOnline

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Care children ‘forced to eat their own vomit’ from News Letter

Child abuse inquiry: Church-run ‘hell hole’ homes were ‘like Nazi concentration camps’ from Belfast Telegraph

Historical Abuse Inquiry hears Sisters of Nazareth nuns ‘were almost psychotic’ from BBC News

NI abuse inquiry: Two Catholic orders apologise from BBC News

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A Lover’s Spat from PCC Monroe

‘Ah, Mr President, maybe we need to have a chat about sin’: Francois Hollande meets the Pope as Valerie Trierweiler prepares to make her ‘last stand’ as French First Lady with charity trip to India from MailOnline

Ex-Vatican accountant hit with new money laundering charge from Yahoo! News

Interesting Magazine Cover from Galatians 4

Let us spray: Graffiti depicting the Pope as a superhero gets official approval from the Vatican, who tweet it to their 84,000 followers from MailOnline

One of Pope’s newest cardinals provokes fury at claim that homosexuality is a ‘physical defect’ that can be ‘cured’ from MailOnline

Pope Francis declares the internet a ‘gift from God’ – but warns that an obsession with the web can leave people isolated from MailOnline

Pope Francis’ historic mission to the Middle East:  The new Pope is popular because of his concern for the marginalised, but he is not neglecting Christian unity from MercatorNet

Pope Francis tells François Hollande: ‘We share a patron saint’ from The Telegraph

Pope Francis to the Davos wealthy: Stop thinking only of yourselves from Los Angeles Times

Pope Francis tweets his support for March for Life rally in Washington protesting legalized abortion on anniversary of Supreme Court’s historic Roe V Wade decision from MailOnline

Pope Francis wants to visit U.S. in 2015, sources say from CNN

Pope to USA’s Notre Dame U: Essential to uphold ‘Church’s moral teaching’ from LifeSite News

The belittling and bashing of the pontificate of Pope Benedict is accelerating from LifeSite News

The first rock ‘n’ roll pontiff? Pope Francis makes the cover of Rolling Stone from The Raw Story

Vatican accused of lack of transparency over 384 priests defrocked for assaulting children from The Independent

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