Questions tagged [vatican]

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Is George Pell the 3rd ranking official at the Vatican?

News outlets have been referring to Cardinal George Pell as the 3rd highest ranked official of the Vatican. I wasn't aware that the Vatican had such hierarchical "rankings". Here's a quote from CNN. ...
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Do more “animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries” happen at Halloween?

The Daily Mail wrote that the Vatican claims that Halloween is evil and dangerous for young people and there are more animal sacrifices, desecrations of cemeteries and thefts of sacred bones happening....
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Did the newly elected pope, Jorge Bergoglio (Francis), play any role in the 1976-1983 military regime in Argentina?

Now that the head of the Catholic Church has been announced to be Jorge Bergoglio, ex-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the word has been spreading that he played a significant role in the National ...
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Did lightning strike the St. Peter basilica the night the Pope resigned?

The internet is full of this claim, most of them (it seems) use the same picture: source There are many other major news agencies reporting the same event, but by reading their articles, they seem ...
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Did the Vatican build a secret property empire using Mussolini's millions?

The Guardian, 21 January 2013: But these office blocks in one of London's most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican. Behind a ...