Pope meets with embattled Malta PM despite plea to cancel
Pope Francis held a private audience with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Saturday, despite a plea to cancel the meeting over a scandal-hit investigation into the murder of a journalist. Twenty-two Maltese academics sent the pope a letter, dated before Muscat's decision to step down, asking Francis to cancel a meeting they slammed as a "propaganda exercise" for the prime minister.The Argentine pontiff met Muscat and his family for an event the Vatican said had been scheduled months ago.
The Vatican invested millions of dollars on Men in Black: International and Elton John’s steamy biopic Rocketman.
The Vatican spent more than $4.5 million to finance the production of the 2019 films, according to documents seenin Italy. Rocketman has been for its gay sex scenes.
It’s unclear why the Vatican spent millions on the films.
“Investigations are in progress, and lines of enquiry which may help clarify the position of the Holy See with respect to the aforementioned funds and any others, are currently being examined by the Vatican judiciary, in collaboration with the competent authorities,” the Vatican press office said in a statement.
Pope Francis prays to mark start of Italy's holiday season
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season. Francis prayed Sunday at the foot of a towering column topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.
The money for the investments was from a fund of donations made to the Holy See for the poor. The offerings are supposed to be for “humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See,”.
The disclosure followsof the “grave impact” the Holy See’s growing budget deficit will have on its economic future.
Christopher Nolan Says His New Espionage Film with Robert Pattison Is His 'Biggest' Yet .
Christopher Nolan Says His New Espionage Film with Robert Pattison Is His 'Biggest' YetThe director spoke to Entertainment Weekly of his 2020 film, Tenet, in an interview published on Wednesday saying the film is “an action epic evolving from the world of international espionage.