Rome in the News, March 2014

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Here are some headlines about Rome that caught my eye this month:

An 800-year-old cliffhanger! Remains of a medieval monk discovered after his legs are found poking out of a sea ridge

Concept of the family is old-fashioned, says leading theologian

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Welcome home daddy, I’m a porn star!’ ‘Heartbroken’ devout Catholic Army doctor returns from Afghanistan to find beloved daughter is the Duke student Belle Knox starring in X-rated films

Great Mosque under threat from Church

Hundreds flock to sleepy Belgian town to see ‘glowing’ statue of the Virgin Mary

I’m not a superman, Pope Francis says

Jesse Ventura is an Internationalist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ6f96GhKWA

Non-Denominational Megapastor Stuns Congregation With Personal Revelation

‘No-one has done more than Church’ against sex abuse: Pope

Not again! Pope snubs Russell Crowe for a SECOND time in one week as Noah actor’s hopes of getting the papal thumbs up for controversial film are dashed at the Vatican

Pin-up Pope: Popular Francis scores his own weekly magazine entirely devoted to him complete with free pull-out poster as he throws open private palace to public for the first time

Pope: better to retire than die on the job

Pope cancels meeting with Noah star Russell Crowe

Pope drops the F-bomb: Pontiff gets his Italian mixed up during Sunday blessing

Pope May Be False Prophet Says Catholic Theologian

Pope names financial supervisor

Pope to stop condemning same-sex civil partnerships hints leading cardinal in move which could be step towards Catholic gay marriage

Pope Francis reveals he went to confession when he was training to be a priest after falling in love with a young woman

Repent or end up in Hell, Pope tells Mafia chiefs

Russell Crowe, ‘Noah’ Team Briefly Meet Pope Francis

Sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench (that the Pope loved) sparks outrage in North Carolina

The Jesuits Elect a New General (an oldie)

Tired-looking Pope Emeritus Benedict appears frail as he is helped into specially-adapted wheelchair after it emerges he critiqued successor’s controversial interview on Church

Vatican insiders thwart Pope’s divorce reforms

Vatican scientists co-host conference on alien life forms

‘We Are Brothers,’ Pope Declares in Heartfelt Message to Pentecostals

Women Could Have Greater Role in Church, Says Pope