Rome in the News, February 2014

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Anything to confess, my son? Celebrity sinner and star of ‘anti-Catholic’ Philomena Steve Coogan meets the Pope at Vatican from MailOnline

Britain’s Roman Catholic church leader who branded welfare cuts a ‘disgrace’ becomes first UK cardinal in 13 years in red hat ceremony held by Pope from MailOnline

Charlemagne’s bones identified: 1,200-year-old remains in a German cathedral belong to ‘Europe’s father’, claim scientists from MailOnline

‘Cuts are causing destitution’: Catholic leader says Government has destroyed ‘basic safety net’ and made the welfare system ‘punitive’ from MailOnline

Europe threatens to review relations with Switzerland after country voted to ‘withdraw into itself’ with immigration poll from MailOnline (Daniel 2:43: And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.)

Fancy taking the Popemobile for a spin? Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger meet Pope Francis from MailOnline

German bishops tell Vatican: Catholics reject sex rules from Reuters

German theologians critique church teachings, propose new sexual understanding from National Catholic Reporter

Homophobia ‘insults God’, says Archbishop of Dublin from

How a Pope called Pius turned the confessional box into a paradise for paedophiles: From a leading Catholic writer, a devastating exposé of a Vatican ruling from MailOnline

I’d rather have a bowl of Coco Popes! Francis is presented with a chocolate statue of himself at the Vatican from MailOnline

Israel surrendering holy site to Vatican? from WND

L.A. archdiocese settles final priest abuse case; $740 million spent from the Los Angeles Times

Mass mob! Roman Catholics play off flash mobs in order to fill churches with younger generations by promoting large gatherings on Facebook and Twitter from MailOnline

Mexican Catholics find God in Islam from Tucson Sentinel

Overwhelming majority of Catholics back contraception according to global poll which shows huge approval ratings for Pope Francis from MailOnline

Pope: ‘unjust’ unemployment can mean sin, suicide from Associated Press

Pope Benedict denies speculation that he was FORCED to publicly stand down and is secretly acting as a ‘shadow’ pope from MailOnline

Pope Benedict enjoys his retirement away from the limelight as his faithful secretary insists historic resignation a year ago paved the way for ‘Super Pope’ Francis from MailOnline

Pope Francis invited to watch controversial ‘anti-Catholic’ film Philomena in private screening from MailOnline

Pope Francis was very nearly Pope John: Pontiff wanted to name himself after reformist ‘Good Pope’ of the Sixties from MailOnline

Pope idol: Francis meets adorable toddler dressed in identical outfit at the Vatican… but it all ends in tears from MailOnline

Pope John Paul II spent decades questioning whether he was worthy of the role, newly published private diaries reveal from MailOnline

Pupils skinned cats at £25k-a-year ‘Catholic Eton’, claims whistleblower from Metro

Queen to call on the Pope at ‘Vatican B&B’: Francis to again break with protocol and meet Her Majesty at simple boarding house he calls home from MailOnline

Scientists claim Turin Shroud is REAL: Jersualem earthquake in 33AD after the crucifixion could have caused radioactive reaction AND confused dating techniques from MailOnline

The Catholic church isn’t the only institution to close ranks in a scandal from The Guardian

The Holy gust! Wind whips up Pope’s mantle during address at St Peter’s Square from MailOnline

The Pope’s Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock from Spiegel Online

The world’s first f-word found in print – in a 16th century moral guide book written by a MONK from MailOnline

Ukip is a threat to peace in Europe, says Germany from The Telegraph

UN accuses Vatican of adopting policies that allowed priests to rape children from The Telegraph

UN demands the Vatican ‘removes’ all known or suspected paedophiles and hand over its archives on abuse so culprits can be held to account from MailOnline

UN Report Attacks Catholic Church’s Teachings on Abortion, Sexuality from Breitbart

Vandal Burns Jesus Statue’s Face Right Off Outside Catholic Church from The Blaze

Vatican strikes back at UN report demanding approval of abortion and sex for children from LifeSite News

‘Welfare changes are morally right’: Cameron hits back at UK’s leading Catholic over claim that cuts leave families ‘destitute’ from MailOnline

Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia from BBC News:

One man in the public gallery of Belgium’s parliament shouted “murderers” in French when the vote was passed, Reuters news agency reports.

The Catholic church has opposed this measure,

But opinion polls have suggested broad support for the changes in Belgium, which is mostly Catholic.

And on the Church of England:

Church allows same-sex couples to have special prayers after their wedding – but bans gay priests from getting married from MailOnline (note the Archbishop of Canterbury’s attire)