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Scientists Turn to Pope Francis and World’s Religions to Save the Planet

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John Bingham writes at the Telegraph:

It has been one of the most fraught relationships of recent centuries, at least in the popular imagination.

But a group of scientists are pinning their hopes for the salvation of the planet, in the face of climate change and habitat destruction – on religion.

Their case, set out in an essay in the journal Science, is being described a “watershed moment” for scientists and faith leaders alike.

It argues that engaging religious leaders, rather than relying on politicians, could hold the key to mobilising billions of people around the world to change aspects of their lifestyles to help prevent catastrophic climate change.

The article singles out Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church, with its 1.2 billion-strong network of followers, as the key but calls for religious leaders of every stripe to be recruited.

It argues that religion can provide a unique combination of “moral leadership” and global organisational structures required to bring about practical changes which could have an immediate effect, such as providing millions of the world’s poorest people with cleaner forms of fuel.

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Vatican Library Begins Digitizing Its Collection Of Ancient Manuscripts

codexBut will some documents be kept secret? The BBC reports:

The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church.

The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. The cost – more than $20m – will be borne by Japan’s NTT Data technology company. Eventually, the library hopes to make available online all its 82,000 manuscripts.

The 3,000 documents to be scanned digitally over the next four years include copies of works of classical Greek and Latin literature and mediaeval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

The library, founded by a 15th Century Pope, also contains important works of mathematics and science, law and medicine from earliest times up to the present day.

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Satanists Blamed For Theft Of Pope’s Blood

JohannesPaul2-portraitYou may have read of the theft of a reliquary containing the blood of Pope John Paul II, but did you know that satanists are thought to have stolen it ? We’re not making it up – story from the Telegraph:

A religious reliquary containing blood from the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a remote mountain church in Italy, with speculation that a Satanic group could be behind the theft.

A team of around 50 Carabinieri police officers with sniffer dogs were on Monday searching for any trace of the reliquary, which was stolen from the Church of St Peter of Ienca in the Abruzzo mountains at the weekend.

The ornate gold object contains a fragment of material, stained with blood, which was purportedly taken from the clothing worn by John Paul II after he was shot during the failed attempt on his life in St Peter’s Square in 1981…

“It’s possible that there could be Satanic sects behind the theft of the reliquary,” said Giovanni Panunzio, the national coordinator of an anti-occult group called Osservatorio Antiplagio.

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Rise of the Exorcists

ForteaSuitcaseAs documented in the disinformation film The Exorcist in the 21st Century, there’s more demand for exorcisms than ever. The Telegraph reports on the growing influence of exorcists in the Catholic Church:

Forty years after The Exorcist scared the wits out of cinema audiences around the world, the Roman Catholic Church is training up a new generation of priests to meet a growing demand for exorcisms.

Dioceses across Italy, as well as in countries such as Spain, are increasing the number of priests schooled in administering the rite of exorcism, fabled to rid people of possession by the Devil.

The rise in demonic cases is a result of more people dabbling in practices such as black magic, paganism, Satanic rites and Ouija boards, often exploring the dark arts with the help of information readily found on the internet, the Church said.

The increase in the number of priests being trained to tackle the phenomenon is also an effort by the Church to sideline unauthorised, self-proclaimed exorcists, and its tacit recognition that belief in Satan, once regarded by Catholic progressives as an embarrassment, is still very much alive.

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Pope Francis Issues Strong Warning Against the Christian Right

The pope states the obvious, but will it make a lasting difference?

via PolicyMic

Pope Francis has made yet another enemy today with his new statement on faith and ideology. During Wednesday’s mass, the Pope took serious issue with Christians who turn their religion into an ideology. He explained that Christianity becomes ideology when there is a lack of prayer. The Pope said that the “Christian ideology” is a sickness within the Church. He claims ideology makes people “hostile and arrogant,” frightens followers, and scares people away from the Church.

Undoubtedly, such words will anger many conservative Americans who are already feeling shunned by the Pope’s statements last month on contraception and abortion. Many fundamental Christians in America equate Christianity to their political ideology.

Political candidates often form their platforms based on their faith’s perspective on social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and sex. Look no further than the race for governor in Virginia, where two Republican candidates are running faith-based campaigns.

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Ratzinger’s Mystical Experience

Papa BenedettoEx-Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, claims he had an enduring “mystical experience” in which God told him to quit the top job in the Catholic Church. Hmmmm. From the Guardian:

The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a “mystical experience”.

Breaking his silence for the first time since he became the first pope to step down in 600 years, the 86-year-old reportedly said: “God told me to” when asked what had pushed him to retire to a secluded residence in the Vatican gardens.

Benedict denied he had been visited by an apparition or had heard God’s voice, but said he had undergone a “mystical experience” during which God had inspired in him an “absolute desire” to dedicate his life to prayer rather than push on as pope.

The German ex-pontiff’s comments, which are said to have been made a few weeks ago, were reported by the Catholic news agency Zenit, which did not name the person Benedict had spoken to.

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Pope on Gays: ‘Who Am I To Judge?’

Pope Francis at Varginha (2)Bringing a new look to the age old rhetorical question “Is the Pope Catholic?”, the new boss at the Vatican seems to be single handedly wrenching the Catholic Church into the 21st Century. From National Catholic Reporter:

…He took questions from reporters traveling aboard the papal plane for a full hour and twenty-one minutes, with no filters or limits and nothing off the record. Francis stood for the entire time, answering without notes, and never refusing to take a question. The final query was a especially delicate one, about charges of homosexual conduct against his recently appointed delegate to reform the Vatican bank, and not only did Francis answer but he actually thanked reporters for the question.

On background, officials said the decision to hold the news conference aboard the 12-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome was a personal decision by Francis, and that aides at one point had actually counseled him against it.

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Vatican Offers ‘Time Off Purgatory’ to Followers of Pope Francis tweets

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Frans Francken II (1581 – 1642) Man Choosing
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Get ready to indulge yourself and the pope, because the big hat is offering good time off in purgatory for following him on twitter.

via The Guardian

In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis‘ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century.

But a senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.

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Polish Conference Of Exorcists To Focus On Madonna, Body Piercings, Horoscopes

madonna Are today’s youth at risk from the demonic subliminal messages in nineties pop culture? The Telegraph reports:

Madonna will feature on the agenda of a secretive five-day meeting of European exorcists in Poland.

“Part of the conference is dedicated to the hidden subliminal message in communication, and this choice was inspired by the woman who dares to call herself Madonna,” said Father Andrzej Grefkowic, an exorcist and one of the organisers of the conference. “We’ve been worried about her concerts.”

Father Grefkowic also warned of a growing risk from Satan, highlighting the increasing popularity of tattoos, body piercing, horoscopes and magic shows as ways evil could corrupt people.

About 300 exorcists are expected to attend the five-day conference, which is held every two years, at the Jasna Gora monastery, the most holy site in Poland. Along with analysing the apparent risks posed by modern fashions and trends, the exorcism conference will also discuss ways to deal with possession.

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Pedo Priest Don Patrizio Poggi Claims Vatican Rife With Prostitution and “Satanism”

Don Patrizio Poggi, convicted priest, tells authorities about an ex-policeman turned rentboy Vatican pimp.

via International Business Times UK

Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches.

Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen.

Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys while he was a parish priest at the San Filippo Neri church in Rome, said he made the allegations to “protect the Holy Church and the Christian community.”

The boys were chosen because they were starving and desperate, he claimed, according to Il Messaggero newspaper.

The former policeman used to recruit the boys, mostly eastern European immigrants, outside a gay bar named Twink near Rome’s Termini train station.

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