The tradition of having a Christmas tree on Saint Peter's Square was introduced by pope John Paul II in 1982. As archbishop of Cracow, Poland Karol Wojtyla (the later pope John Paul II) also had Christmas trees in front of his palace. See more
During the opening scene and the talk between pope Pius XIII and cardinal Spencer in the Sistine Chapel there are some lines spoken by Spencer (and not contradicted by Pius) that suggest that the Church allowed abortion in earlier centuries. While it is true that there have been vivid discussions among scholars and bishops about the nature of life and the moment of becoming an immortal soul in the mother's womb the teaching of the Church regarding the matter of abortion remains unchanged since the 1st century. Evidence of that can be found it the earliest Christian documents: the New Testament, the Didache and the Letter of Barnabas. See more
What is more beautiful, my love? Love lost or love found? Don't laugh at me, my love. I know it, I'm awkward and naive, when it comes to love, and I ask questions straight out of a pop song. This doubt overwhelms me and undermines me, my love... or to lose? All around me, people don't stop yearning. Did they lose or did they find? I can't say. An orphan has no way of knowing. An orphan lacks a first love. The love for his mama and papa. That's the source of his awkwardness, his naiveté. You ...