Ever since the creation of the State of Israel, the Catholic and other Christian churches have refused to pay taxes due to Israel and its municipalities on church-owned properties and income.
We have all been collectors at one time or another, whether it was baseball cards, dolls, stamps, coins, art, etc. Napoleon, Hitler, and the Vatican were three of the most infamous collectors.
For his part, the pope appeared to go out of his way in his last two public appearances to try to clear up what the Vatican considers a misunderstanding.
Francis said he was restricting use of the Latin Mass out of concern that those who favor it also reject Vatican II.
Pope Francis underwent surgery for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon
Cardinal Angelo Becciu, formerly a senior official in the Vatican administration, as well as two top officials at the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Unit will go on trial on July 27.
The revision, which has been in the works since 2009, involves all of section six of the Church's Code of Canon Law, a seven-book code of about 1,750 articles
Lebanon's three main Christian denominations are Maronite Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Melchite Catholics. There are a number of other smaller Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic denominations.
This year has been the second consecutive Easter that all papal services are being attended by only about 200 people in a secondary altar of St. Peter's Basilica.
Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of the gay Catholics group New Ways Ministry said "it will not stop the Catholics in the pews, nor many Catholic leaders, who are eager for such blessings."