Tag Archive for Vatican

Exorcism, relics and miracles in modern Catholicism

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Worth a read:  How the Vatican investigates miracles | New York Post The Church has dealt with fake relics since the Middle Ages, when the “brain of Saint Peter,” which had been “venerated for centuries in the cathedral of Geneva was investigated and found to be a pumice stone,” and the “arm of Saint Anthony,”…

Vatican astronomer talks about extraterrestrial life, does not say UFOs are real

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The Vatican’s official astronomer talks about life in the universe and drifts into intelligent life, like us. Headline writers went nuts. The remarks come after the finding of Kepler 452b, an earth-like planet that may be hospitable to life. Source: Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens – IrishCentral.com The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes…

Vatican legitimizes process of exorcism

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This is ridiculous. It raises serious questions about the involvement of religious officials and medical professionals in mental health care. Vatican recognizes International Association of Exorcists – UPI.com. The International Association of Exorcists has been formally recognized by the Vatican’s Holy See, an indication the Catholic Church approves of the controversial practice of exorcism. The…

How many angels can fit in the head of an angelologist?

NOT an accurate depiction of an angel. Painting by Bernhard Plockhorst. (From Wikicommons)

Self-proclaimed angel expert priest says OH YES, there are angels, just as their are demons. They just don’t have fluffy wings. Where do we draw the line on making stuff up and expertise on supernatural beings? Angels Exist But Have No Wings, Says Church. Catholic Church “angelologist” Father Renzo Lavatori says the celestial beings are…

A supernatural-related job should be decided supernaturally

The Holy Spirit, not just any spirit, helped elect the new Pope. Pope Francis elected after supernatural ‘signs’ in the Conclave, says Cardinal – Telegraph. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, who was himself widely tipped as a possible successor to Pope Benedict, said he had personally had two “strong signs” that Cardinal Jorge…

Mother Teresa was no saint

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Many of us already knew this thanks to Hitch. Mother Teresa ‘saint of the media’, controversial study says – Times Of India. The controversial study, to be published this month in the journal of studies in religion/sciences called Religieuses, says that Teresa – known across the world as the apostle of the dying and the…

Catholic Church inundated with exorcism requests; sets up phone-in advice line

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‘Hi, deliver me from evil’: Church sets up an exorcist hotline to deal with demand – The Independent. The Catholic Church has established an exorcist hotline in Milan, its biggest diocese, to cope with demand. Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the diocese’s chief exorcist since 1995, said the curia had also appointed twice as many exorcists to…

Vatican canonizes Native American Catholic for miracle cure

We reported on this story of the Vatican’s declaration of a miracle. This Sunday, Kateri Tekawitha, known as Lily of the Mohawks, is declared a saint for it. Boy’s ‘miracle’ cure makes 1st Native American saint  NBC News. Jake Finkbonner was so close to death after flesh-eating bacteria infected him through a cut on his…

Petition to withdraw charges against Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku

Various rationalist groups call for the withdrawal of charges against Sanal Edamaruku. We call on the Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay to withdraw their complaint against Indian Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku. Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association, has for decades been a tireless campaigner for science and against superstition. He is widely known for his exposure of…

Vatican handbook to authenticate Virgin Mary sightings now available!

Vatican details rules on Virgin Mary sightings. The Vatican has published rules to evaluate the authenticity of the dozens of apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported each year. The norms mandate that the local bishop must conduct a “serious investigation” to ascertain, with “at least great probability,” whether the Marian apparition effectively took place. The…

Vatican declares a miracle and sainthood based upon it

NPR.org » Vatican Declares Boy’s Recovery A ‘Miracle’. In this near tragedy, A boy is diagnosed with flesh eating bacterium infection. But the doctors’ efforts to get ahead of the infection were unsuccessful, and Jake was given his last rites. Then, suddenly, the infection stopped, stunning the doctors. The Rev. Paul Pluth, of the Archdiocese…