Irish bookmaker Paddy Power said Friday it had cut the odds on Pope Benedict XVI resigning after allegations of child abuse by priests in Germany gripped the Roman Catholic Church.
An aide to the Pope and a Vatican chorister have been removed from their posts over allegations of involvement in a homosexual prostitution ring.
The Vatican confirmed it had suspended Angelo Balducci, an usher known as a Gentleman to “His Holiness”, whose duties included greeting important visitors.
The Vatican fought attempts to link Pope Benedict XVI to child sex abuse in a counteroffensive on Saturday against widening paedophilia scandals.
“It is clearly evident that in the past few days there are some who have sought — with a dogged focus on Regensburg and Munich — elements to personally implicate the Holy Father in questions of abuse,” spokesman Federico Lombardi said.
British School Children think that the Queen invented the Telephone
According to a recent a survey of children’s science knowledge carried by BBC News, one in 10 British children thinks the Queen invented the telephone. Another one in 10 credits the invention of the telephone to Charles Darwin and Noel Edmonds.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has launched an astonishing attack on Nelson Mandela, accusing the former president of failing black people.
In an interview published in a UK newspaper, she also called Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a “cretin”.
An African brother gave me an article of coats of arms of early medieval Europe. On two other pages are about 40 coats of arms with the kingdom/city above them and about a quarter or third have the images of black kings as the upper center on the page below gives some indication.