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A Short Note to the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Frank Ligtvoet

I don't smile any more, however, since my piece is now used in US Courts.

Argentine Journalist ‘Almost Fainted' After Getting A Cold Call From Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

A journalist from Argentina is on cloud nine after Pope Francis reportedly responded to his open letter with a personal phone call. Alfredo Leuco,...

The Long And Heated Battle Between The Vatican And American Nuns

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The long and often contentious duel between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious came to an abrupt end on Thursday (Apri...

San Francisco Catholics Appeal To Pope To Replace Controversial Archbishop

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla & Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion

A group of Catholics in San Francisco is asking the pope to replace their archdiocese’s spiritual leader, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, with some...

The Vatican Has An Abysmal Track Record Of Hiring Women

The Associated Press | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has always been a heavily male bureaucracy, and statistics released on the eve of International Women's Day now back...

Our 8 Favorite Quotes From Pope Francis' Latest Book

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

In the Gospels, Jesus is constantly walking -- tracing a path through the ancient towns of Galilee, gathering followers and breaking bread with the ou...

Pope Francis' Easter Message (Full Text)

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis used his Easter Sunday message to call for an end to violence and oppression everywhere. The traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city an...

Pope Francis Washes The Feet Of 12 Prison Inmates For Holy Thursday

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his wi...

The Lights Go Off At St. Peter's Basilica For Earth Hour

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion

St. Peter’s Basilica joined more than 1,400 of the world’s iconic landmarks on Saturday to take a stand for stronger climate action. The Vatic...

This Bosnian Muslim Family Is Hand Carving A Special Chair For Pope Francis

The Associated Press | AMEL EMRIC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion

ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carv...

Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, Remarried Catholics Are Just As Sinful As Murderers

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely cerem...

Pope Puts Climate Heat on GOP

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Francis is not a scientist either, but that has not stopped him from leaning on something very close to scientific consensus and speaking confidently about global warming as a reality with dire moral implications -- especially for the poor and vulnerable.

The Story Of How Pope Francis Got Pizza Delivered To The Popemobile

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ pie-in-the-sky dreams have come true. After revealing earlier this month that he missed being able to grab a slice of pizza in peac...

Climate Change This Week: Warming Accelerating, US Utilities Going Green, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed ...

Catholic Debate Over Gays In St. Patrick's Parades Roils Irish On Big Day

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) St. Patrick’s Day is associated as much with Roman Catholicism as it is with Irish-Americans, but this year some of the faithful aren...

Pope Francis Faces Major Challenge On Child Abuse Policy

AP | EVA VERGARA | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Juan Carlos Cruz recalls that he and another teen boy would lie down on the priest's bed, one resting his head at the man's s...

Pope Francis' Holy Year For Mercy

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful m...

3 Ways Pope Francis Surprised And Disappointed Us At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

Two years ago today, on the night of Pope Francis' election, he stepped out onto a balcony overlooking a packed St. Peter’s Square. Since then, the ...

Pope Announces Jubilee Year

The Associated Press | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long - and b...

Pope Francis Acknowledges Security Threats -- And Has Just One Request For God

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

Although Vatican officials have acknowledged that the Islamic State group is a real threat to Pope Francis, the Catholic leader says he’s leaving hi...

Rick Santorum and Your Grandparents

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Rick Santorum just endorsed measures created, not to save jobs, but to block the arrival of people the framers did not want in this country. People like many of our grandparents.

Judge Rejects Catholic Diocese's Attempt To Claim Religious Exemption To In Vitro Verdict

The Associated Press | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A jury was correct in finding that a Roman Catholic diocese discriminated against a former teacher by firing her for undergoin...

This Boston Catholic Church Closed 10 Years Ago. But Its Parishioners Are Refusing To Budge

The Associated Press | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Roman Catholic parishioners holding a 10-year vigil at a closed church south of Boston say they aren't leaving despite a dead...

Chileans Are Not Pleased With The Bishop Pope Francis Picked For Their Diocese

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met Friday with the bishop running a Chilean diocese where there has been unprecedented opposition to the nominatio...

Relief For Hundreds Of Clergy Sex Abuse Victims In Montana

AP | Matthew Brown | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million,...