Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pope closes nun-dancing monastery'

Pope Benedict XVI has closed down a well-known monastery in Rome because of tricks which integrated dances done by a previous lap-dancer turned preacher and economic difficulties.

A Vatican spokesman said it was being shut down because of "fiscal and liturgical wrongdoings".
According to the Italian media reports, the Cistercian clerics based at the Santa Croce in Gerusalemme church are being shifted to other churches in Italy.
They apparently racked up large outstanding amounts. An investigation found facts of liturgical and fiscal wrongdoings as well as way of life that were likely not in keeping with that of a cleric," said, Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini.
The ban was implemented in March subsequent the investigation, but had not yet been made publicize, reports said. The preacher at the centre of the storm, Anna Nobili, spent several years working in Italian nightclubs.
After becoming a cleric, she started performing what she entitled The Holy Dance in a performance at the monastery in front of senior Catholic priests as well as head of the Vatican's cultural department, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi.
Many years earlier, she exchanged her old life for the Church, after a call to the memorial of St Francis in Assisi, a place of pilgrimage for thousands hundred of Catholics in Umbria.
Santa Croce is one of Rome's oldest and most high status churches, and was constructed around a chapel dating back to the 4th Century.

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