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Pope Urges Youth In Poland To Welcome Refugees With A 'Merciful Heart'

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis urged young people on Thursday to welcome migrants and refugees, putting himself in direct contrast with the government of Poland on the ...

Pope Francis Is Horrified After 'Barbarous' Killing Of French Priest

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.26.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has denounced the brutal attack that shattered the sacred stillness of a morning mass at a French Catholic church on Tuesday and left an ...

Catholic Bishop's Solution For Divorced, Remarried Catholics: Stop Having Sex

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion

After more than three years of parish surveys and high profile bishops’ meetings about Catholic family life, this is the final message that one bish...

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A 'Gay Lobby' At The Vatican

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion

Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence deci...

Pope Declares Swedish Nun Who Sheltered Jews During The Holocaust A Saint

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.07.2016 | Religion

A Swedish nun credited with sheltering Jewish families in her convent during the Holocaust is now a saint of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis canoni...

The How-Many-Years' War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the "big picture" view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period.

Discrimination In America: Who's Next?

Shayne Looper | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

In the past, to be called "discriminating" was high praise. We rarely hear the adjective used that way (or used at all) anymore, but the noun and verb are everywhere.

Pope Francis Meets With Top Sunni Muslim Leader At The Vatican

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis met on Monday the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential cente...

Why A Round-The-Clock Sit-In At This Catholic Church Is Ending After 12 Years

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion

The occupation of a Massachusetts Roman Catholic church to prevent its closure will end now that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case broug...

Pope Criticizes The West's Blind Spot When It Comes To Exporting Democracy

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis criticized Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indige...

Catholic Women React to Pope Francis's Latest Initiative For Women

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion

In his signature, off-the-cuff manner, Pope Francis unleashed a storm of debate on Thursday about the roles that Catholic women can play in the church...

The McCarthy Method -- The Life-Changing Magic of an Irish Catholic Family

Sharon McCarthy | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Sharon McCarthy

You've now heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese Decluttering Consultant and creator of The Konmari Method. Well long before there was Marie Kondo, there was my mother, Bernice McCarthy, the Irish-Catholic-Marie-Condo, and creator of The McCarthy Method: The Life-Changing Magic of an Irish Catholic Family.

What These New Catholic Sisters Wish You Knew About Religious Life

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion

For many people, the word "nun" conjures up a plethora of stereotypes -- from images of a black-robed Julie Andrews whose contagious joie de vivre is ...

American Catholics Seek Clarity On Pope Francis' Love Treatise

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion

When retired New York City teacher Rosalie Frangella's marriage ended in the 1980s, she might one day have hoped to wed again - except for the big mon...

Pope Francis Relaxes Church Rules On Divorce

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday called for a Church that was less strict and more compassionate towards "imperfect" Catholics, such as...

Eva Longoria Meets The Pope, Is Literally #Blessed

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.31.2016 | Religion

Actress Eva Longoria shook hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday -- and, from the looks of it, she's a big fan. Longoria posted a photo of the meeting...

'Members of the Jury, You Have Just Found Jesus Christ Guilty': Remembering the Catonsville Nine

William Astore | Posted 03.27.2016 | Politics
William Astore

In May 1968, nine Catholic activists set fire to draft records in Catonsville, Maryland, in a deliberate act of sabotage and protest against the Vietnam War. For the crime of destroying government property, a crime they freely admitted, they were tried in federal court in Baltimore and found guilty.

More Trumped-Up Charges Against Muslims or Just Business-As-Usual in the Land of Populist Faithcraft?

Nick Fouche | Posted 03.17.2016 | Religion
Nick Fouche

Pick your epithet: Pope Francis may either be hypocritical 'wall builder', as one trumpeting jingo recently inferred, or else 'great bridge builder' as implied by an ancient Roman attribution.

St. Patrick's Day 2016: The Religious Backstory

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current in...

Three Years Of Pope Francis Have Unnerved Some Conservative Catholics

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2016 | Religion

Three years after the election of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic conservatives are growing increasingly worried that he is quietly unraveling the legacy...

Pope Francis Makes Strongest Call Yet To End The Death Penalty

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 02.21.2016 | World

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment "You shall not kill" w...

The Pope Just Had A Meeting 1,000 Years In The Making. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion

For the first time in history, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church met with the head of the largest branch of Eastern Orthodoxy. The encounter be...

Climate Change This Week: Future Major Power Disruption, Clean Energy Pays, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Deforestation is one of the fastest ways that environments are changing dramatically, while climate change is creating vast fast changes on a global scale.

WATCH: Survey Reveals a Startling Truth About White Christians

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

White Christians are as a whole less likely to believe the experiences of black Americans than non-Christian whites.

Pope Francis Finally Explains What He Meant By 'Who Am I To Judge?'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion

Just a few months after his election, Pope Francis uttered a sentence that sent shockwaves through the global Catholic Church. Who am I to judge? ...