NSA Spied on Vatican, Pope Francis, Too? (UPDATED)

NSA spying

The National Security Agency didn’t only spy on Angela Merkel and on our own citizens.  They may actually have spied on Pope Francis, both before and after his election to the papacy.A new report by the Italian weekly news magazine Panorama claims that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many Catholic cardinals and bishops during the March 2013 conclave.   The magazine also stated that the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence where many cardinals including Jorge Bergoglio stayed in the d … [Read more...]

Bling Bishop’s Lavish Mansion May Be Converted to a Soup Kitchen

Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the "Bishop of Bling"

In case the “Bishop of Bling” thought tempers would cool down and things would return to normal, Catholic Church officials in his own diocese of Limburg have just announced that his lavish mansion will be repurposed to help the homeless.Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the German bishop who was suspended last week by Pope Francis following complaints by outraged Germans about his extravagant lifestyle, will remain “outside of the diocese” for an undetermined length of time.   And now, he … [Read more...]