A post of mine titled "The Vicar of Christ vs. The Prince of This World" comes to mind reading this news — Claims that Pope exorcised young boy from demons after Mass. Follow the links at the bottom of the article to video footage.
"I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children" — Pope prays for victims of Oklahoma tornado. "Earlier in the day during his morning Mass in the Vatican, the Pope personally added a prayer intention for the tornado victims and those who are missing, especially the children."
Rumors have long abounded that the Bard was a Crypto-Catholic; here's more evidence, circumstantial at least— Author finds Catholic themes in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
The Western Confucian would have been all over this news — Sainthood cause of 16th century Jesuit moves to Vatican. "Father Ricci died in Beijing May 11, 1610, and his death was followed by centuries of church debate and even disputes over the extent to which a very limited number of Confucian practices -- including veneration of ancestors -- could be seen as a tolerable part of Chinese social and cultural tradition rather than as religious practices incompatible with Christianity."
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