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Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Church's Persecution Of Waldensians

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny...

Gay Catholics Will Be Silenced During Pope Francis' U.S. Trip

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack C...

Pope Francis Prays In Front Of The Shroud Of Turin

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin has captivated thousands of Christians over centuries, some of whom believe it covered Jesus Christ during his burial -- and on Su...

Climate Change This Week: The Climate Pope, Hot Babes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Did Archbishop John Nienstedt Try To Stop The Investigation Into Himself?

Minnesota Public Radio | Madeleine Baran | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

On April 10, 2014 — seven months into the clergy sex abuse scandal — Archbishop John Nienstedt's top advisers gathered for a private meeting. They...

Kate Sheppard

Inhofe Argues The Pope Is Wrong On Climate Change, Says The Poor Need Fossil Fuels | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's most vocal climate change critic, James Inhofe (R-Okla.), begs to differ with the head of the Roman Catholic Church on whet...

Will Pope Francis Challenge Climate Change Skeptics In The U.S.?

Reuters | By Mary Wisniewski | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - Some U.S. scientists are expressing hope that Pope Francis' encyclical on global warming embracing the view that it is ...

Pope Francis Is Ready To Rumble In Epic Superhero Trailer On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment has been called everything from an “anticapitalist revolution” to an “explosive intervention” th...

Why The 'Apparitions' Of The Virgin Mary In This Small Bosnian Town Are So Controversial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

The Vatican will soon rule on the validity of a series of alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, Pope Francis annou...

Pope Francis' New Tribunal Will Hold Bishops Accountable For Covering Up Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis took the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating ...

Pope Francis: 'Send Me Good Vibrations'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has asked reporters who don't pray to at least send him "good vibrations". The pope always asks people to pray for him but he put a ne...

Head Liturgist In Charge Of Music For Pope Francis' Philadelphia Mass Resigns Over Dispute With Archbishop

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The head of liturgical music for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who was also to play a key role orchestrating the huge outdoor Mass concluding...

Vatican Treasures To Go On Display In Philadelphia

AP | SHARON JOHNSON | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican. "Vatic...

Pope Francis Draws From St. Francis For His Encyclical's Title: Reports

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is taking a cue from his namesake -- St. Francis of Assisi -- for the title of his upcoming encyclical on the environment. The Pope's...

San Francisco Archbishop's Sad (But Predictable) Views On Caitlyn Jenner

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Amid the national buzz over transgender celebrity Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner revealing her new female identity, a leading culture ...

There Are More Catholics In The World, But Fewer Priests

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new report mapping the Catholic Church’s more than 1.2 billion souls — on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 — holds some surprises. ...

Climate Change This Week: Nerd Power, Deadly Heat Waves, Biblical Deluges, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Americans' Exposure To Heat Extremes Could Rise 6-Fold By 2050 - exposing vastly more Americans to dangerous heat waves due to a combination of rising temperatures and rapid population growth in the South and West, a new study warns.

Pope Francis' Upcoming Visit To Bosnia Is Already Promoting Multi-Faith Unity

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

Even before arriving in Sarajevo, Pope Francis has achieved a remarkable feat. Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare u...

6 Quotes That Prove Archbishop Oscar Romero Is Truly 'Blessed'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion

Thirty-five years after Archbishop Oscar Romero’s death at the hands of an assassin, his spirit lives on. The archbishop boldly preached a messag...

The Catholic Case for Tackling Climate Change

Stephen Seufert | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

Pope Francis's much anticipated encyclical on the environment and address to the UN provides Catholics a rare opportunity to take the lead on presenting the moral argument surrounding climate change.

San Francisco Catholic School Teachers Rally Against 'Morality Clauses'

The Associated Press | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teachers from four San Francisco Catholic high schools on Wednesday rejected the archbishop's latest revision of a teacher hand...

Pope Francis To Bishops: Act More Like Pastors And Stop Ordering People Around

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful wh...

Carol Kuruvilla

Germany's Catholic Church Just Took An Amazing Step For LGBT And Remarried Catholics | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion

The Catholic Church in Germany is taking a stand for its remarried, lesbian, and gay employees. More than two-thirds of Germany’s 27 Roman Catho...

"A Sign Of Hope": Pope Francis Is Making Saints Out Of Two Palestinian Nuns

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on Sunday (May 17), a move that’s being seen as giving hope to the con...

Climate Change This Week: Cloudy Problems, Solar Charity and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.