The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.
This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.
Most Wikipedia contributors are men, but that doesn't justify the fact that females are so poorly represented on the site; much to many priests' chagrin, the Roman Catholic Church unwittingly bought part of a building that houses Europe's largest gay sauna; meanwhile, ZIP codes serve as more than just locating devices as they have come to define identities and divide communities. These discoveries and more after the jump.
In a Vatican Radio broadcast on Friday, one Rev Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, announced that Pope Benedict XVI is ready to hold "new meetings" with victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members, but at least one victims' group (continued).
It would make sense that the Vatican would have an official head exorcist, and indeed it does. He's 85-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, and after wrangling many an unclean spirit in his time, he now has a book out with the catchy title "Memoirs of an Exorcist" and thinks he's seen you-know-who in the details of recent sex scandals in the Holy See.