Construction on the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest church on earth, started 28 years ago in the small Ivory Coast city of Yamoussoukro. Planned by then-president Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who led the country through two decades of economic boomtime known as the "Ivorian miracle," the church…
It can get lonely in the Vatican: with a population of just over 800, sometimes it's inevitable that nobody will want to hang out with you. Which might explain this list, which details the porn that's been downloaded in the Vatican recently.
The Vatican needs to find a new Pope. And to notify the world of when a new Pope is chosen, the papal conclave will communicate through smoke signal. Black smoke means they haven't found a Pope, white smoke (or "fumata bianca") would mean that there is a new Pope. So what's inside the smoke?
Tomorrow, the Sistine Chapel will fill with cardinals who will spend hours—or days—deciding who should be elected as the next Pope. But while they do, the Sistine chapel will be filled with electronic jammers and swept for bugs to ensure no information is leaked.
The Vatican's lending iPods to pilgrims touring the Catholic church's stomping ground. The aim is twofold: On one hand, it'll lower noise brought on by yapping tour guides; on the other, they hope to attract younger members of the faith.
Who wants to actually travel to the Vatican to see Michelangelo's masterpiece? And physically crane their neck to look at its spectacular ceiling? The Church's official website has an excellent, high-res panorama that lets you explore the Sistine Chapel, one of the world's finest works of art, without ever changing…
If you used Google to search for the word "Vatican" this weekend, you probably were surprised that the first result was not "vatican.va" but a pedophile site called "pedofilo.com." Well, maybe you weren't that surprised, unlike Google.
Writing from the future, Pope Benedict XVI is urging his followers, including priests, to "be present in the world of digital communications," using "images, videos, animated features, blogs and websites," all with the aim of converting people to the church.
Last year Father Jose Gabriel Funes, a Jesuit priest and the chief papal astronomer, noted that the search for aliens did not contradict a belief in God. With that, the floodgates appeared to have opened at the Vatican.
The Vatican is holding an exhibit showing a collection of astronomy and space themed treasures, including this 18th century orrery.. I 'm just stunned that these beauties have been collecting dust somewhere, unseen and unappreciated for who-knows-how-long.
What? The Earth revolves around the sun? Preposterous. By the way, I want you to give up all technology for Lent. Oh, and pay no attention to the workers installing our $660 million solar plant.
Click to viewROME (Agencies) - The Vatican has bought Palm Inc. in an $800-million cash, stock, and souls deal, a move that analysts are calling a bold bid to reconvert the Catholic Church into the number one mobile operator for communication with God. The purchase is the culmination of Pope Benedict XVI's new push…