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A Homeless Man Was Buried At A Vatican Cemetery Usually Reserved For Aristocrats

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

A homeless man who used to roam the streets around St. Peter’s Basilica has found his final resting place among bishops. Willy Herteller, an 80-y...

It's A Vatican Whodunit: Who Took The Bishops' Books?

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, sayi...

Pope Francis Gives Vatican's Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor A Big Promotion

The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta. The V...

Pope Francis' Finance Czar Comes Under Intense Scrutiny Over Spending

The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances....

Vatican Tries To Defuse Anger Over Pope Francis' 'Mexicanization' Comments

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible "Mexicanization...

Italy And Vatican City Are On High Alert After Threats From ISIS

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross....

Pope Francis Honors Revered Armenian Mystic And Poet

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a gift of sorts to Armenian Catholics commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by...

Pope Francis Meets With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis on Saturday and, apparently responding to his criticism of a heartless "dictatorship of t...

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Ukraine

The Associated Press | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for Ukraine's cease-fire to be respected amid fresh reports by the Ukrainian military that separatist re...

Meet Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Pope Francis' Former Secretary Of State

The Huffington Post | Andrea Purgatori | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- “That there is the Casa di Santa Marta, where Pope Francis lives. That down there is the monastery where Pope Ratzinger retired. And...

Pope Francis Gives New Cardinals Tough Love: Put Aside Pride, Jealousy And Anger

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately de...

Pope Francis' New Cardinals Come From All Over The World

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One hails from Tonga, where climate change is threatening the very existence of the archipelago. Several live in places tormente...

Pope Francis: A Christian Who Doesn't Protect Creation Doesn't Care About The Work Of God

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) If you are a Christian, protecting the environment is part of your identity, not an ideological option, Pope Francis said Monday (F...

It's A Big Week For Pope Francis At The Vatican

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 9) began what could be a key week for his reformist papacy, starting with meetings with his hand-picke...

Junipero Serra: Saint Or Sinner?

The Associated Press | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced ...

The Vatican Is Putting Finishing Touches On Its Showers And Barber Shop For The Homeless

The Associated Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion

The Vatican is finishing renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter's Square that will include three showers and a barber shop for the homeles...

Inside America's Newest Basilica

Detroit Free Press | Patricia Montemurri and JC Reindl | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has bestowed the title of "basilica" upon the historic National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak, making it only ...

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.

Native Americans Claim Pope's Latest Saint Pick Was A 'Brutal Colonizer'

The Guardian | Alan Yuhas | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

A story about conquest, religion and the Americas, central to a founding myth of California, will end this year with the pope bestowing sainthood on a...

President Obama Name-Drops Pope Francis During SOTU

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a cameo appearance during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. While outlining America's rappr...

Did Pope Francis Just Break New Ground On Birth Control?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis may have been elected by the Holy Spirit, but he seems made for the Age of Twitter. A case in point were his latest remarks, in ...

The Struggles And Joys Of Raising Children In An Interfaith Family

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | BETTY ROLLIN | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion

How do interfaith couples decide which faith their children should adopt? “We both wanted to keep our own religions and our own identity for ourselv...

Climate Change This Week: The Heat Is On, A Wind Power Tree, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Japan Meteorological Agency is the first of 4 major global temperature recordkee...

The Pope Is Driving A Wedge Between Conservatives And The Catholic Church

The Hill | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

Pope Francis is increasingly driving a wedge between conservatives and the Catholic Church.
 The magnetic pope has sparked new enthusiasm around ...

If Only You'll Believe In Miracles, So Would I....

Charlie Carillo | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

The bride wants children right away, and the groom is on the same page. That's how they feel about it. You get married, you have kids. Why wait? ...