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The Pope and Me and What Might Have Been

Caroline Judge Mehta | Posted 09.24.2016 | Religion
Caroline Judge Mehta

There is an inescapable feeling that this is the Pope so many of us were waiting for, and it is an honor to host him. Let's face it: he's the Joe Biden of popes, almost impossible not to like.

Pope Francis Will Visit U.S. Catholic Church Facing Grave Financial Trouble

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion

When Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States this month he will face a national Catholic Church whose finances are staggering under a ...

Where Pope Francis Really Stands On Issues Like Abortion, Divorce, And Gay Marriage

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United Sta...

Eagles Fans Are Calling On The Pope To Bless Their Quarterback

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.11.2015 | Sports

Philadelphia Eagles fans will be holding their breath and saying their prayers every time Sam Bradford drops back to pass this season, but one group o...

Conservatives Are Not Happy With Pope Francis, Gallup Poll Shows

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

The “Francis effect," a phrase used to signify the new energy that Pope Francis' election injected into the global Catholic church, appears to be si...

Right-To-Die Advocates Face Strong Opposition From Catholics

The Associated Press | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives has met strong oppositi...

These Catholic School Students Have A Lot Of Love For Their Gay Teacher

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

These high school students know a thing or two about love. Students at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska, are speaking...

Pope's U.S. Visit Could Mend Fences With Conservatives

Reuters | Scott Malone | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has electrified Roman Catholics in the United States with the open, accepting tone he has brought to the role, and his first visit late...

These Are The Most Catholic States In The U.S.

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

Catholicism is the second largest religious tradition in the United States at roughly 25% of the country's population. The five most Catholic states i...

Pope's Approval Rating Soars

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

The Holy See is about to get an early Christmas present this year. A new CNN poll released Tuesday found that 88% of American Catholics view Pope F...

Pope Francis and the End of the Religious Right?

Steven Conn | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Steven Conn

Whatever Pope Francis's papacy means for American Catholics, his shift in tone and his interest in economic justice may have the effect of upending the political coalition that we call the religious right.

Latest From Rome

HuffPost Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

“There is still no date set for the conclave,” stated father Federico Lombardi, director of the press room for the Holy See, even before journalis...

Time To Take Another Look At Catholicism

Alan Jones | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

Our generation needs to set aside the cultural hostility toward Catholicism and take another look. The resignation of Pope Benedict gives us that opportunity.

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

Christmas Comes To The Americas: Now What?

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

As American Catholics enjoy the Christmas songs and carols that will continue until the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, it would be worthwhile to reflect on how seriously the Church's teachings are being put into practice.

Controversial American Cardinal Exerts Influence In Rome

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the church back to the 19th...

Newark Archbishop Says Pro-Equality Catholics Should Not Receive Communion

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

When Archbishop Myers says that Catholics who don't subscribe to that church's Stone-Age sexual mores are unworthy of full participation in the church, he's not talking about a small sliver of the Catholic population: 71 percent of Catholics support full civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Rallying Around Father Roy: How Catholics Should Respond To His Impending Dismissal

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 10.16.2011 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

Too many Catholics face similar dilemmas frequently in their professional, ministerial, and personal lives, and choose the safe path. We have the power to validate Roy's convictions and his continued priesthood.

Priest Shortage Drives Catholic Churches To Consolidate

Five Towns, NY Patch | Stephen J. Bronner | Email the Author | 9:00am | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion

“In an effort to continue the pastoral mission of the church in the Five Towns … the parishes are going to work together to provide pastoral servi...

Sexual Diversity And The Catholic Church: Time For A Serious Conversation?

Paul Lakeland | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Paul Lakeland

When the Church requires life-long celibacy of all people who are not heterosexual, it imposes a life of less love. A call to be less loving, body and soul, is a call to be less in the image of God.

The Average Catholic Is Not Who You Think She Is

Michael Leach | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Michael Leach

The average Catholic is young, old, middle-aged and every color of the human rainbow. He or she does not fit into a square or a circle but belongs to a big triangle that holds all shapes and sizes.

New Report: Catholics More Supportive Of Gay And Lesbian Rights Than General Public, Other Christians

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON, DC -- Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian rights than the general public and other Christians, according to a new report rele...

Catholics Try To Lure Lapsed Sheep Back Into The Fold

Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion

By Dan Goldberg Religion News Service MADISON, N.J. -- A small bucket filled with bottles of cold beer sat on the floor, down the hall from the ch...

The Lasting Impact Of Vatican II In America

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kristen Moulton Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY -- Colleen McDannell knew the title of her new book, "The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Cath...

Are Families To Blame For Declining Number Of Nuns?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service If she had listened to her parents, Sister Jenn Graus might never have professed vows last month to join the Co...