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Pope Francis at 80

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Pope Francis at 80

Wednesday Catholics

Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 11.07.2016 | Religion
Nancy Dallavalle

As the election approaches, the theme I hear most is that, regardless of the outcome, there is trouble ahead. Even if Hillary Clinton beats Donald Tru...

When Bernie Met Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

What makes Sanders' speech special? There is a remarkable convergence between Sanders' criticism of the rapacity of today's global marketplace and Pope Francis'. This should not in itself be surprising.

Aligning Money and Mission: The Pope Francis Approach

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 11.09.2016 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

What Pope Francis' teaches about capitalism, "the free market" and "market ideology" in his en-cyclical "Laudato Si'" is grounded in fundamental biblical insights, consistent with basic ethical principles and in harmony with long-standing and core elements of Catholic Social Teaching

Pope Francis Will Ignite Catholic Philanthropy

Alexia Kelley | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Alexia Kelley

These philanthropists are another group who will be looking for inspiration and challenge from the Holy Father on his visit to the United States.

What Pope Francis Can Teach the Presidents of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

This is not an either/or proposition according to the Holy Father; this is not a question of uprooting the system and starting over. It is about creativity and innovation and opportunity.

Pope Francis and Climate Change: A Catholic Tradition

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

At Catholic Relief Services, we are very aware of the impact of climate change on the poor around the world; that those who have contributed the least to this problem are suffering -- and will suffer -- the most from it.

Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recognizi...

Underwear in the New Jerusalem

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Twenty dollars for two pair of grey, cotton boxer briefs. It seemed like a lot of money for so little cloth. Of course, I was mistaken.

The Boy Scouts, Gay Youth And Catholic Teaching

John Gehring | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
John Gehring

It's hard to preach "Good News" when you're making news for fighting the wrong battles. At a time when Pope Francis is breathing new life into the church with his humility and inclusive posture, U.S. bishops should take a cue from Rome.

Pope Francis and Shareholders United in Priorities

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

An increased congruence between the moral, ethical and legal foundations of corporations, especially in the financial services sector, is essential If they are to be refunded to serve the social purposes and human needs for which they were chartered.

Only Sin Is Not To Be Kind

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Some things are so important they shouldn't be complicated. An old Italian woman once told me the only sin is not to be kind. It's a wise summary of the greatest commandment: to love the Lord with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Catholicism can be as easy as that.

The Modernist New Pope: A Concern For Traditional Catholics

Thom Nickels | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Eccentric extremes, I suppose, can be controversial, even if sometimes understandable. What is less understandable is the arbitrary changing of ceremonial rubrics. If I were to place any bets, I'd say Pope Francis will make other ceremonial changes that will shock traditional Catholics.

New Pope's Election May Boost Sainthood Drive For Slain Salvadoran Archbishop

Joseph Frazier | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Joseph Frazier

A top Salvadoran church official says the elevation of Cardinal José Maria Bergoglio to Pope Francis could advance the plodding campaign for sainthood for Msgr. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, an outspoken peace advocate and possibly the country's most revered figure, assassinated for his views on March 24, 1980.

A Hopeful Dispatch From St. Peter's Square

Kim Daniels | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

In a moment of silence at St. Peter's, we saw something we don't see much on the world stage: authentic humility. That's the essence of our faith, and that's what will renew our Church.

A Jesuit And Pope

Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J.

On the night of his election, as Francis bowed before the multitudes, the world fell silent for a few moments, as if to catch our collective breath for what is already proving to be a ground-breaking moment in the Church's long history.

Church Reform Priorities

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Nothing is "more important" than refocusing the Church's ministry on global poverty and, at the same time, changing the Church's overt style and deep-seated culture from one that glorifies the rituals and realities of power to a style of humility and culture of service.

Which Francis?

William J. Arnone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
William J. Arnone

Although he did not specifically say so, the assumption is that the new pope chose this name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his austere life, his love of nature and his fierce dedication to the poor. It is possible, however, that another Francis was the model he had in mind.

Is A Jesuit Pope An Oxymoron?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Until a week ago, there had not been a pope who also belonged to a religious order in more than a century and a half. No Jesuit had ever been elected pontiff. I had thought this would never happen, in part because Jesuits make a promise not to seek ecclesiastical offices.

Pope To Argentines: Don't Come To Rome, Give Money To Poor Instead

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis has attempted to dissuade Argentines from making costly trips to Rome for his inaugural Mass next we...

'Rebuild My Church'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While these are enormous challenges for Pope Francis, the grace of God is sufficient for faithful church leaders to lead. And Jorge Bergoglio is said to be such a man of God -- fervent in personal faith and consistent prayer.

The Most Important Catholic Is..

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

I'm no theologian, but I have heard for a lifetime, from Catholic preachers and teachers of all stripes, that "the least" matter the most in the eyes of God.

With The Pope's Resignation, Everything Has Changed

Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Nancy Dallavalle

Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.

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.

Is The Pope Catholic?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

When Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict, virtually everyone wanted him to do well and to lead the Catholic Church toward the highest values of love and justice in the global world of faith. There was reason for hope.