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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- America may be in for some tough love from the Pope.
After a lifetime of watching the world's most affluent and powerful nation from afar, Pope Francis walked on U.S. soil for the first time Tuesday, at the age of 78, when he arrived in Washington from Cuba.
He's assured of a warm welcome from millions of U.S. Catholics, and his poll numbers -- which would be the envy of any politician -- suggest that curious adherents of other faiths and even the nondevout are also eagerly awaiting his visit.
On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.
I'm not so naive that I don't realize this is a publicity stunt but it is still better to do this than wine and dine with the elite.
The Vatican has a very dense and widespread investment portfolio – holding billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations. Just to give you an example – the Vatican is heavily invested in Gulf Oil, General Motors, General Electric, International Business Machines, Shell and many others. The Catholic powerhouse also has large investments with the Rothschild family, and a number of world-renowned banks. In the United States alone, the Vatican is deeply invested in the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan, the Bankers Trust Company and a number of others. Their investments are so diverse and abundant, that it could make for a separate story.
originally posted by: neo96
originally posted by: muse7
I wonder what Conservatives hate more; The pope's plea to feed the poor and homeless or the pope's plea for us to take action to save the planet
originally posted by: Danton
Good move. Actions speak a lot louder than words. It's all good and well to say what others should do but you have to walk the walk too. I'm not so naive that I don't realize this is a publicity stunt but it is still better to do this than wine and dine with the elite.
But is this a political game the Pope is playing, or just being childish?