In November of 2017, the Vatican announced it would stop the sale of cigarettes in its duty free shop and supermarket. Pope Francis claimed, “The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people.” (Evidently, they were previously unaware of the 6 million people who die from cigarette-related deaths every single year.)
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In 1515, Martin Luther’s entire doctrine on the Christian faith changed. Before long, his new theology would put him at great odds with the established Roman Catholic Church. When he openly rejected the teaching and tradition of the church, his fervor was met with little more than a yawn.
But when Luther’s doctrine impacted the pope’s pocketbook, all hell broke loose.