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Conservatives Upset At Pope's 'Green Agenda'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and ...

Vatican Receives Ransom Demand For Stolen Artifacts

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

The Vatican said on Sunday it had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo that were...

Pope Condemns Violence Against Women

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis on Saturday condemned female mutilation and domestic violence against women, calling them degradations that had to be combated. ...

Pope Francis Oversees Umbrella Giveaway To Rome's Homeless

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has ordered that umbrellas forgotten by tourists be distributed to the homeless of Rome to get them through a spate of unusually rainy ...

Vatican Removes Questionable Video Promoting Women's Conference

AP/ Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture will meet to discuss "the life of women" during a Feb. 4-7 conference. The conference's aim is to unpa...

Vatican To Offer Haircuts, Shaves To Rome's Homeless

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities op...

Balloons Are The New Peace Doves

AP | Frances D'Emilio | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

Dove lovers, rejoice. Balloons, not doves, were released as a gesture of peace Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a year after an attack by a seagull an...

Vatican Downplays Reports Of Terror Threat

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly...

Pope Picks New Cardinals From Unusual Places

AP | By FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tong...

Pope Calls For Freedom In 2015

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human traff...

Nearly 6 Million People Traveled To The Vatican To See Pope Francis In 2014

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

If you need more proof of Pope Francis’ rock star status, look no further than this report from Rome. Faithful Catholics had the chance to see P...

Man Who Shot John Paul II Lays Flowers On Saints Tomb

AP | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basil...

Vatican Frees Woman Who Bared Breasts In St. Peter's Square On Christmas

AP | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the sta...

Pope Singles Out Refugees, Hostages In Christmas Message

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abu...

Pope Francis Wrote Little Known, Revealing Book On Cuba

Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio now Pope Francis provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. tr...

The Vatican Vs. The Nuns: 3 Takeaways From Tuesday's Report

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The moment was more “Kumbaya” than “Come to Jesus” on Tuesday (Dec. 16) as the Vatican released the much-anticipated results of an inves...

Vatican To Open Pope's Farm To Public In 2015

AP | DANIELA BERRETTA | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis is opening the doors to an earthly paradise: the working farm at the papal summer residence here that pro...

Thank You, Sisters

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Women religious as well as their colleagues and friends will find in the report a fair depiction of the state of Catholic sisters in the United States.

Dalai Lama: Pope Unwilling To Meet Because 'It Could Cause Problems'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Dalai Lama said Thursday (Dec. 11) that he would not meet Pope Francis while in Rome for a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners. “T...

Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

Pope Francis Says Equating Islam With Violence Is Wrong

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of ter...

Pope Francis Prays In Turkey's Blue Mosque

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL (AP) - His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis stood Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one ...

Pope Francis Wades Back Into Mideast Turmoil

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorit...

Brittany Maynard's Mom Blasts Vatican For Anti-Euthanasia Remarks

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early unde...

Vatican Reins In Sale Of Papal Blessings

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

ROME, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Rino Pensa has been making personalized papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a mainstay of his small business creati...