Rome in the News, May 2014

800px-Model_Vatican_2Here is some of this past month’s Rome-related news:

A million pilgrims bear witness on day of four popes: Two pontiffs made saints as two look on – but who invited Mugabe?

Audience of one million worshippers gather for ‘unprecedented’ double canonisation of popes John Paul II and John XXIII… with two living popes in attendance

Another former Pope to become a saint as Francis approves a miracle credited to prayers made to Paul VI after his death by pregnant woman who feared losing baby

A modern pope gets old school on the Devil

Chile: Catholic priests investigated over stolen babies

‘Dear Francis, we are each in love with a priest, please let us marry’: Italian priests’ mistresses in extraordinary plea to Pope to end celibacy for Catholic clergy

Decline of religious belief means we need more exorcists, say Catholics

Mass migration one of the world’s ‘grave issues’ says Pope Francis who calls on governments to help them reach Europe and avoid any more tragedies

Holy Land prepares for papal visit

Pope prepares for ‘high-wire act’ in Middle East

Pope Francis calls for an ‘urgent’ end to the Syrian civil war as he arrives in Jordan to start a three day trip to the Middle East

Pope prays at Israeli wall in unprecedented gesture

In the most Holy City in the world, Pope Francis brings together the world’s three greatest religions with a joint hug for a Jew and a Muslim

Israel Wants To Give Mount Zion And The Tomb Of David To The Vatican?

Netanyahu ‘Asked Rabbi to Allow Giving David’s Tomb to Vatican’

Pope calls on the world’s governments to bring in an ‘ethical mobilisation’ to help the poor and redistribute wealth

Pope: I’d baptise Martians if they arrived and asked for it. Catholic leader says ‘green men’ would be allowed into church

Pope Francis Publicly Supports RFID Implants

Pope John Paul II Crucifix Falls, Crushes Man to Death


Sex abuse as bad as ‘satanic Mass’ says Pope Francis as he vows zero tolerance against Catholic priests who commit crime

Should Northern Ireland welcome the Pope?

The UN pressures Catholics over curriculum, abortion

Touching moment Pope blessed a disabled man who hugged him and kissed his cross in St Peter’s Square

U.N. torture committee probes Vatican on sex abuse scandal, human rights issues

UN Urged to Tell Catholic Church it Has No Right to Oppose Abortion

U.S. nuns must give up New Age ideas or lose Vatican recognition: CDF head to LCWR nuns

Visitors’ Book burned at Jerusalem’s Dormition Abbey after Pope Mass