Vatican City. In February, church leaders from across the
Catholic world gathered for a four-day meeting at the
Vatican to prevent pedophilia within the church.
Participants included bishops from 100 countries and leaders
of 33 order societies.
countryaah, the Pope has begun to tweet. Once a day during Easter (40
days starting February 22), Pope Benedict XVI tweeted on @
Pope2YouVatican. His first tweet was: "Let's pay attention
to one another and encourage one another to love and good
deeds (Hebrews 10:24)."
The Vatican's website was hacked in March by hacker group
Anonymous. The site could not be accessed for several hours.
The reason for the attack was stated to be the atrocity of
the Roman Catholic Church during the course of history -
i.a. murder of heretics, sex scandals and the condemnation
of contraceptives and abortions.
In March, the Pope visited, among other things. Cuba and
had a meeting with the country's former leader Fidel Castro.
The Pope participated in a fair at the Revolution Square in
Havana with over 300,000 participants.
The Pope's butler was arrested in May on suspicion of
interfering in a noteworthy case - called "VatiLeaks" -
involving extensive corruption and slanderous policies. The
butler, Paolo Gabriele, must have leaked secret documents
from Benedict XVI 's private office. In a trial in the fall,
he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. In December,
Benedict XVI approached Paolo Gabriele. He personally went
to the butler in prison to give him the message.
During 2013, Frans repeatedly criticized capitalism for
its greed and destruction of the environment. The criticism
eventually led right-wing North American radio commentator
Rush Limbaugh to characterize the pope as a Marxist.
The pope announced in May 2014 that he would visit
victims of sexual abuse on the part of Catholic paternity.
He also stated that he would pursue a zero-tolerance policy
against sexual abuse committed by church members. That same
month he visited Jordan, Palestine and Israel. In Israel,
the authorities had ordered 15 right-wing Jewish activists
to stay away after a series of violent attacks on Christian
churches and houses. Christians in both Palestine and Israel
are victims of government and right-wing abuse.
A few weeks into Israel's war on Gaza in July / August
2014, the Pope sent a strong appeal to halt the killings. By
then, Israel had already killed 1060 Palestinians - almost
all civilians - while the Palestinians had killed 43
Israelis - almost all soldiers. The appeal had no effect.
Israel murdered another 1100 Palestinians before the
bloodshed stopped. In May 2015, Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican. It subsequently announced
- to Israel's great regret - that it recognized Palestine as