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Sistine Chapel breaks 500-year gender taboo to welcome soprano into the choir

Under Michelangelos world-famous ceiling, Cecilia Bartoli was in seventh heaven as she joined 50 men and boys in song

For the past 500 years, beautiful sacred music has echoed up towards Michelangelo’s sublime ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, performed exclusively by male choirs. 914 more words


Pope Francis: “the poor are our passport to Heaven”

Pope Francis celebrated Mass this Sunday, the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope had announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and entrusted its organization and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. 276 more words


'Invest in love,' pope says on first World Day of the Poor

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. 801 more words



ISLAMIC State terrorists have threatened the Vatican and Pope Francis in their latest round of warped propaganda.

In a poster issued on social media by sick individuals supporting the terror group, a man can be seen driving a car towards the Vatican… 122 more words

The Vatican opens a new inquiry concerning possible sexual abuse

A new inquest has been opened concerning any possible sexual abuse committed within the pre-seminary of Saint Pius X at the Vatican in 2013, according to The Holy See Press Office, today, November 18, 2017.  157 more words


New revelations on the "blockages" at the Vatican: what you need to know

The Italian investigative journalist, Gianluigi Nuzzi, has published his third book on the Vatican. Despite a certain taste for sensationalism, his work confirms a certain number of blockages within the Curia. 363 more words


Vatican Bans Sale of Cigarettes As All Hope For Return To Sanity Sanctity fades

The Director of the Holy See Press Office announced on November 9, 2017, that the Vatican City State is ending the sale of cigarettes.: “No profit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives.” 347 more words