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News Articles Archive Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication 10 Secrets Of The Vatican Exposed 10 SECRETS OF THE VATICAN EXPOSED By David Goldenberg Mental Floss magazine February 22, 2010 Original Link Vatican City may have fewer than 1,000 citizens and span only 110 acres, but it also has a multimillion-dollar budget and an unbelievably complex history. Understanding how it all works requires parsing through centuries of religious texts. Is the Vatican confusing and mysterious? Is the Pope Catholic? Here’s a look behind the scenes. 1. Regular Exorcise! Baudelaire once said that “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.” But in modern-day Vatican City, the devil is considered alive and well. The former Pope John Paul II personally performed three exorcisms during his reign, and the current Pope Benedict XVI is expanding the ranks of Catholic-sponsored exorcists throughout the world. In fact, Father Gabriele Amorth, the Church’s chief exorcist, claims to expel more than 300 demons a year from the confines of his Vatican office, and there are more than 350 exorcists operating on behalf of the Catholic Church in Italy alone. Amorth also teaches bishops how to tell the difference between satanic possession and psychiatric illness, noting that those who suffer from the former seem to be particularly repulsed by the sight of holy water and the cross. 2. Where Thieves Go to Prey With 1.5 crimes per citizen, Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world. It’s not that the cardinals are donning masks and repeatedly robbing the bank, it’s just that the massive crowds of tourists make Vatican City a pickpocket’s paradise. The situation is complicated by the fact that the Vatican has no working prison and only one judge. So most criminals are simply marched across the border into Italy, as part of a pact between the two countries. (The Vatican’s legal code is based on Italy’s, with some modifications regarding abortion and divorce.) Crimes that the Vatican sees fit to try itself -- mainly shoplifting in its duty-free stores -- are usually punished by temporarily revoking the troublemaker’s access to those areas. But not every crime involves theft. In 2007, the Vatican issued its first drug conviction after an employee was found with a few ounces of cocaine in his desk. 3. The Worst Confessions Some sins are simply too much for a local bishop to forgive. While priests can absolve a sin as serious as murder (according to the Church), there are five specific sins that require absolution from the Apostolic Penitentiary. This secretive tribunal has met off and

This secretive tribunal has met off and on for the past 830 years. The most famous letter there is probably Henry VIII’s request that his marriage to Catherine of Aragón be annulled. decides how the sin shall be dealt with. If you’re a priest who breaks the seal of confession.S. but in January of 2009. leading to Rome’s break with the Church of England. and only the Major Penitentiary. the Vatican opened up an official YouTube channel to show various Papal addresses and ceremonies. the Swiss have a reputation for pacifism. That one’s pretty self-explanatory. And then. is particularly bad because Catholics believe that the bread and wine transubstantiate into the body and blood of Christ. Henry divorced Catherine anyway and married Anne Boleyn (and four other women). which were used to bind 85 petitions from English clergyman and aristocrats. Swiss Guards have pledged fidelity to the Pope. The Mafia Dipped into the Collection Plate . then your case must go before the tribunal to receive absolution. The sinner is referred to by a pseudonym. Messing with them is like messing with Jesus. a priest who offers confession to his own sexual partners. twirling their halberds in ceremonies or manning checkpoints around the Vatican. The meetings of the Apostolic Penitentiary are kept confidential because they’re a different form of confession. Cardinal James Francis Stafford. which Pope Clement VII denied.000 years. With 52 miles of shelves in the archives. The other two sins can be committed by anyone. The first. 5. it’s even more accessible. Petersburg Times Plastic Rubbish Also Blights ATLANTIC Ocean The Vatican’s secret archives haven’t been truly secret since Pope Leo XIII first allowed scholars to visit in 1881. Read the Pope’s Mail Current Articles Important Book Summary: 'Evidence Of The Afterlife' Shields Down! 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The Vatican even released an iPhone application that contains multilingual versions of the Breviary prayer book and the prayers of daily mass. three quarters of them were killed while providing cover for Pope Clement VII to escape. Ever since. But the Pope’s enthusiasm for technology isn’t limited to cell phones and the Internet. for instance. a bunch of Hail Marys doesn’t cut it. sometimes dying for the cause. and their ground troops were famous for routinely demolishing legions of enemies on horseback. Today. although there is one catch: Guests have to know exactly what they’re looking for. The archives also contain an abundance of red ribbons. When the Guards are actually protecting the Pope. 7. Outsiders are free to examine the correspondences of every pope for the past 1. Presumably. Nuclear Plants Are Leaking Radioactive Material Linked To Cancer Maine Panel Weighs Cell Phone Cancer Warning How Much Is A Gold Medal Really Worth? 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and donating considerable resources to schools. no one is really sure. after only 33 days in office. but that’s unlikely. Russia. Interestingly. the translations can have serious consequences. the bank had to repay more than $200 million to its creditors. meaning that a Pope could be alive but unable to perform his duties for years. and it was held up for months as the Church’s experts rejected the prosecuting team’s Latin translations of terms such as “conspiracy to commit fraud. The city-state also gets cash from books. churches. the Vatican definitely had ties to organized crime. and health care centers. On the morning of September 29. which translated into less purchasing power. he’s the designated leader of the Catholic Church and God’s representative on Earth for the rest of his life. Pope Benedict XVI has been particularly passionate about reviving the language and purportedly holds many informal conversations in Latin. (It’s been more than 500 years since the last papal resignation. There’s No Vice-Pope Once a cardinal becomes the Pope. he can resign before his death. as was the case with John Paul II. The Mafia Dipped into the Collection Plate In The Godfather: Part III. Sure enough. maintaining ancient cathedrals. but no one else is allowed to carry out his ceremonial duties.ATLANTIC Ocean Wal-Mart Unveils Plan To Make Supply Chain Greener Climate Skeptics Are Recycled. a shady deal between the mafia and the Vatican leads to the murder of the Pope. and at the time. But Marcinkus was never indicted of a crime. paying for the Pope’s travels around the world. 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Eventually. there was never an autopsy. By the end of 2007. But collection plates aren’t the Vatican’s only source of money.) Further.S. and souvenir shops. That’s just one symbol of the Holy See’s continued devotion to the language. including Pope John Paul I’s. To boost subscriptions. 8. sitting up in his bed. as modern medicine improves. Part of the problem was the weakened American dollar. the city-state was $13. the Pope has asked the editor to spice up the layout with more photos and allowed him to cover world news stories in addition to the traditional religious fare. in 1982. they released an updated dictionary that included the terms “rush hour” (tempus maximae frequentiae) and “dishwasher” (escariorum lavatory). Pope John Paul I was found dead. Marcinkus successfully claimed diplomatic immunity in the United States and retired to Arizona in 1990. lawsuit was brought against the Vatican for conspiring to protect a child-molesting priest.) The Vatican’s Latin Foundation tries to keep the language relevant by translating modern phrases into the ancient tongue. stamps. In 2003. Becomes First Documentary To Sweep Guild Prizes Vitamin D Shrinks Cancer Cells 10 Secrets Of The Vatican Exposed Energy Breakthrough: The Bloom Box Cyber Warriors From China. Although Vatican officials claimed the 65-yearold pope died of a heart attack. And though he was suspected of being involved in several mysterious deaths. What happens then? Well. So where does that money come from? Catholics pay tithes to their local parishes and donate about $100 million every year to the Vatican itself. A cardinal can take over the Pope’s responsibilities as the Vatican’s head of state. even seriously ill people tend to stick around longer. Another contributing factor was the lackluster performance of the Vatican’s newspaper.

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