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Pope Francis Excommunicates The Mafia, Angers State of New Jersey

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It’s no secret that Pope Francis is thoroughly beloved around the world. He has been considered the “Patron Saint of PR.” He thinks the “Internet is a gift from God.” He has even helped the publishing industry by getting his own weekly rag. Also, he can even act like a diva and only follow himself on Twitter (really).

The man is almost immune to #PRFail, so he is able to roll up his sacrosanct sleeves and flex some of that righteous papal muscle when he needs to do so. And boy, did he ever.

From the Holy See: Hey, bad guys. What are youse looking at? Youse guys thinking about Heaven? Fuhgeddaboudit!

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Pope Francis: ‘The Internet Is a Gift from God.’

pope-francis-internetThat sound you heard was St. Peter’s Basilica asking, “Has he ever heard of the Internet?” 

The Pope is no stranger to making friends. Our fearless leader has been enjoying “Pope Francis: The PR Guy” series since the puff of white smoke went sailing into the March sky of Vatican City making Jorge Mario Bergoglio into the man, the myth, the legend.

Il Papa has not only made himself a friend to the common man, but also the digital one with his handle @Pontifex, which now has more than 3.5 million followers. So, an acolyte of his would think he’s savvy about the Web. And then, he says that?! 

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Catholic Church Plans to Turn ‘Bishop Bling’ Mansion Into Soup Kitchen

germany_bishop_limburg_184368475_620x350Last week we spent a couple of hours counting the ways in which Pope Francis is a PR genius, but now he seems to have outdone himself—or at least inspired Catholic Church officials in Limburg, Germany to follow his example.

Francis made headlines last week for temporarily suspending Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst, aka “The Bishop of Bling”, for embarrassing the Church worldwide by spending a reported $26 million to renovate his official residence. We’re not sure who thought it would be a good idea for bishops to live in mansions, especially those with $20,000 bathtubs, but now the Limburg organization wants to go a step further by forcing the Bishop out of his fancy house and turning it into a soup kitchen/homeless shelter.

There’s no official word on these plans yet, but a spokesperson for advocacy organization Caritas Internationalis (which is itself part of the Church) has apparently discussed the matter, saying:

“The residence is like an inherited sin which the bishop has left in his wake. People who seek sanctuary with us could be given food in the residence.”

Speaking as “typically ill-informed” members of the mainstream media, we see this as another step in the right direction. Also: the house looks cool but we think he may have overpaid a bit on that renovation—and the red just screams “please audit me!”

(Photo of protesters via Getty)

The Pope’s Progressive PR Moment: ‘Who am I to Judge’ Gay Priests?

The Catholic Church is usually one of the last institutions we would associate with words like “progressive” and “tolerant” in reference to homosexuality, but comments made by Pope Francis on Monday may signify the beginning of a major shift in attitude.

During a press conference aboard the pope’s overnight flight home from a week-long trip to Brazil, His Holiness was asked how he would respond to learning that a cleric in his ranks was gay, though not sexually active. Pope Francis answered by saying, “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?…You can’t marginalize these people.”

Considering that the Vatican has long regarded homosexuality as a disorder, and previous popes like Benedict XVI formally barred gay men from entering the priesthood, the weight of these remarks — though brief and simple as they may seem — cannot be overstated. Read more