The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City's Decline?

The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City's Decline?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2014

Pilgrims from around the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the canonization of two former popes. They will find an Italian capital that is increasingly squalid and close to bankruptcy. The city's new mayor is hoping he can turn it around. By Walter Mayr in Rome more... Comment ]

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2014

Pope John Paul II will be canonized in April. A woman from Costa Rica experienced a stunning recovery from a brain aneurysm after praying to the late pontiff. Her story provides a unique look at the Vatican's miracle workshop. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

The Vatican last year sent out a survey to Catholics around the world focusing on attitudes to sex and sexuality. The responses are now in -- and they show that the Church is badly in need of reform. Can Pope Francis meet such expectations? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

Each day, Radio Vatican translates the pope's words into 44 languages. The station's staff of 400 are some of the best and brightest from some 60 countries. But Pope Francis is very unpredictable, making a tough job even harder. By Fiona Ehlers in Rome more...

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Faced with a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in Germany is recruiting an increasing number of preachers from abroad like Benjamine Gaspar, who hails from India and now holds sermons at a church in the town of Bocholt. By Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Proceedings against Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg were dropped on Monday after a settlement was reached. The embattled Catholic cleric, who has come under fire for his lavish lifestyle, was accused of making false statements in court documents. more... Comment ]

Spending Scandal: Pope Francis Banishes Bishop of Limburg

Spending Scandal: Pope Francis Banishes Bishop of Limburg

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

The Vatican has banished Germany's controversial "Bishop Bling Bling" for an unspecified period of time. In response to accusations of lavish spending, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst will withdraw from his official duties in the bishopric of Limburg while a colleague fills in. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

World from Berlin: Bishop Scandal 'A Major Burden for Catholics'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

The scandal surrounding a German bishop's lavish spending continues to grow in Germany, as Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst awaits an audience with the pope in Rome. German editorialists say the affair could be a turning point for the Catholic Church here. more... Comment ]

Church Financing Scandal: Politicians Demand Radical Reform

Church Financing Scandal: Politicians Demand Radical Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

The financial scandal surrounding the lavish new residence of the bishop of Limburg has highlighted how little is known about the true wealth of the Catholic Church. Politicians say it's high time for a reform of church financing to ensure greater transparency. By Anna-Lena Roth more... Comment ]

Ungodly Excess: Chided Bishop Takes Cheap Flight to Rome

Ungodly Excess: Chided Bishop Takes Cheap Flight to Rome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

The bishop of Limburg faces growing calls to resign as more details unfold in the damaging scandal over the cost of his lavish lifestyle. On Sunday, he took an affordable Ryanair flight to Rome and is expected to see Pope Francis in a meeting that could decide his future. more...


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