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  1. the urbanist
    A Fashion Designer’s Guide to RomeSecret-recipe meatballs, the nuns’ favorite flower market, and a roving doily saleswoman.
  2. Did Pope Francis Abolish Hell?The Vatican is equivocating about what Francis did and didn’t say, but it’s certainly reviving some very old debates about the afterlife.
  3. my big foreign trip
    Pope Francis Gives President Trump Some Pretty Pointed GiftsIncluding a copy of his 2015 encyclical on climate change and the environment — which Trump promised he’d read.
  4. Callista Gingrich an Odd Vatican Ambassador for an Odd PresidentHer identification with two adulterous pols whose policies are deplored in the Vatican won’t make life easy for America’s new representative.
  5. Newt: Callista Gingrich Could Be Ambassador to VaticanNewt couldn’t make it into the Trump administration but his wife may be able to.
  6. field trips
    Bernie Sanders Meets With Pope FrancisFor five whole minutes.
  7. crimes and misdeamnors
    Vatican Is Still Charging Journalists for Publishing Secret DocumentsOtherwise known as “reporting.”
  8. pope police
    Vatican Police Arrest Two for Allegedly Leaking Secret Papal DocumentsHoly See PD.
  9. abortion
    Pope Says ‘Contrite’ Women May Be Forgiven for Having Abortions Catholic priests will be allowed to absolve women of the sin of abortion. 
  10. climate change
    Even the Pope Can’t Make de Blasio Run on TimeIn the mayor’s defense, however, he can’t control the weather — although the mayors assembled in Rome would like to.
  11. The Worst Thing About Being Pope Is Not Going Out for PizzaAccording to Pope Francis. 
  12. his holiness
    The Pope Is Coming!Well, maybe.
  13. Pope Benedict Did a Lot of Defrocking His Last 2 YearsOf priests who abused children.
  14. Blowing Smoke
    The P.O.P.E. Comes Up With Its Own Pope [UPDATED]Pope Lemmy the First has a nice ring to it.
  15. the vatican has spoken
    The Papal Conclave Explained in Reality TV MetaphorsVatican’s Real Housewives meet Survivor.
  16. sassy footwear
    The Pope and Hamish Bowles Have Something in CommonSocks!
  17. male gaze
    Male Gaze: Gorgeous George, the Pope’s Right-Hand ManNow an Italian Vanity Fair cover boy.
  18. campaign trail
    Vatican and Benetton Don’t Kiss, But Make UpThe two parties finally settled a lawsuit over that “Kissing Pope” ad.
  19. Native American Canonized As Catholic Saint, First From North AmericaBlessed Kateri Tekakwitha is finally getting her due, 331 years after her death.
  20. Mediavore
    New Food and Beverage Concepts Are Coming to the Latham Hotel; 8,000 Lbs. ofPlus Wal-Mart pledges $2 million to upgrade food banks, and Japan lunches a program to train fish handlers abroad, all in our morning news roundup.
  21. pope benedict xvi
    Pope Now Acknowledges That, Actually, Several Instances Probably Call for the Use of a Condom“For Benedict, the use of condoms by people infected with H.I.V. could be ‘the first step of responsibility, whether it’s a man or woman or a transsexual.’”
  22. vatican-approved
    Vatican Deems The Blues Brother a ‘Catholic Classic’Really?
  23. the gods must be crazy
    Pope: ‘The Greatest Persecution of the Church Doesn’t Come From Enemies on the Outside But Is Born From the Sins Within the Church’Maybe the Church’s latest troubles aren’t the fault of the ‘Times’ after all!
  24. the gods must be crazy
    Times Sets Sights on Vatican Chief DefenderToday’s paper examines the past decisions of Cardinal William Levada.
  25. confusing things
    Gay Prostitution Ring Busted in the VaticanIt was the choir. It’s always the choir.
  26. the vatican
    Harry Potter 6 Gets Thumbs-up From VaticanSays the Vatican newspaper: ‘Harry Potter 6’ is the “best in the series.”
  27. religion
    After Screening Angels & Demons, Vatican Declares Christianity Safe (For Now)If they worked in our office, they might have had a different opinion.