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11 Outrageous Popes (And Why We Love 'Em!)

Owen Egerton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Owen Egerton

Stretching back to the Apostle Peter, the papacy has been a near constant superpower that has outlived empires, survived world wars and shaped western history perhaps more than any other office. An incredible list of men have held the highest position of the Catholic church.

The Grand Refusal

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Nostalgic for his student days, Pope Benedict XVI has elected to pass out of history much as he stepped into it: blinking blindly at all the bright lights, never quite certain of how he got there, nor what he was supposed to do with the power he possessed.

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 ...

PHOTOS: How Popes Have Shaken The World

Eamon Duffy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion

In an exclusive excerpt from his new book 'Ten Popes Who Shook the World,' one of the world’s most highly regarded historians of Christianity discus...

The Catholic-Protestant Schism: Competing Histories

Ben Stevens | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Did Peter single-handedly assume control over the early Roman church with the idea that he was Christ's successor and that the Church would be the global epicenter of Christianity until the end of time? The answer will determine all else.

The Top 10 Questions Everyone Has About The Inquisition

Cullen Murphy | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Cullen Murphy

In talking with audiences about my new book, "God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World," I've found that the same questions come up over and over. Here are the Top 10.

What Future for Vatican II?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

As U.S. Catholics mark anniversaries of the Civil War or of September 11, they would do well to also remember Vatican II, including what it had to say about peace and renunciation of war.

Who Was St. Peter?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

In this segment from the film "Who Cares About The Saints?", Rev. James Martin of America Magazine discusses the life of St. Peter and how his experiences may speak to our own today.

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...