Absolutely nothing gets by the Pope or the Vatican and here’s why
The Vatican the Roman Catholic Church in Rome
Romulus Augustulus Constantine became sole emperor of Rome.
He supported the Church financially, built basilicas, granted privileges to clergy (such as exemption from certain taxes), promoted Christians to high office, and returned property confiscated during the long period of persecution.
His most famous building projects include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Old Saint Peter’s Basilica.
In constructing the Old Saint Peter’s Basilica Constantine went to great lengths to erect the basilica on top of St. Peter’s resting place, so much so that it even effected the design of the basilica and even undertook the challenge of erecting it on the hill where St. Peter rested, making its complete construction time over 30 years from the date Constantine ordered it to be built.
The Vatican City is distinct from the Holy See which dates back to early Christianity and is the main episcopal see of 1.2 billion Latin and Eastern Catholic adherents around the globe.
Pressure on Ireland-bound Pope Francis amid another sexual abuse scandal
By Julia Macfarlane
LONDON — Aug 23, 2018, 5:19 PM ET
The pontiff is to arrive at Dublin Airport Saturday.
Even with huge crowds likely to line the streets of Dublin, sexual abuse survivors are calling for an investigation into historical abuse to be funded by the church.
Pressure mounts on pope for tougher action on abuse scandals
August 22, 2018
The US grand jury report accused more than 300 “predator” priests in the state of Pennsylvania of abusing more than 1,000 children over seven decades, sparking a fresh bout of soul-searching among senior Catholics across the world.
Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile
By Associated Press
January 16, 2018
The Roman Empire, at its height (c. 117 CE), was the most extensive political and social structure in western civilization. By 285 CE the empire had grown too vast to be ruled from the central government at Rome and so was divided by Emperor Diocletian (284-305 CE) into a Western and an Eastern Empire. The Roman Empire began when Augustus Caesar (27 BCE-14 CE) became the first emperor of Rome and ended, in the west, when the last Roman emperor, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed by the Germanic King Odoacer (476 CE). In the east, it continued as the Byzantine Empire until the death of Constantine XI and the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 CE. The influence of the Roman Empire on western civilization was profound in its lasting contributions to virtually every aspect of western culture.