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Pope Francis may well be the most modern pontiff the world has ever seen – he takes a fairly revolutionary stance on homosexuality in comparison to his predecessors, he's got a Twitter account and he once proclaimed that the "internet is a gift from God" – but even he'd probably stop short of ordering £33,000 worth of cocaine to his home address.
According to German officials, package containing 12 ounces of liquid cocaine stuffed into condoms was intercepted in January at Leipzig airport. The address on the goods? The Vatican. There are only 840 people who live in Vatican City and the parcel could have in theory been collected by any of the residents – the police attempted to set up a sting to catch out the criminals but no-one took the bait, leading to suspicions of a tip-off.
A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the Vatican police had cooperated with German police in an attempt to identify the traffickers, adding that the investigation remains open.
On Friday, Pope Francis spoke out against the mafia, telling organised crime bosses they will end up in hell if they do not "convert" and give up their lives of "bloodstained money and blood-stained power." What would Jesus do?
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