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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.

Pope Francis Blesses Photo Of Maryland Sisters Killed In Fire

The Associated Press | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Pope Francis has blessed the photo of sisters killed in a fire with their cousins and grandparents at an Annapolis mansion. T...

The Vatican Fast-Tracked Controversial Spanish Priest's Claims To Sainthood

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four...

Pope Francis To Meet With Cuban President Raul Castro

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is planning to meet with Cuba’s President Raul Castro on Sunday, May 10, according to, the official Vatican Network. Vatica...

Pope Francis Doesn't Seem Bothered By Controversy Over Spanish Priest's Upcoming Canonization

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite growing resistance from some Native Americans and U.S. Catholics, the Vatican on Saturday (May 2) will host an event to cel...

6 Things To Expect From Pope Francis' Address To Congress

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get working, and that includes Pope Francis, a top adviser said Wednesday (April 29) in ...

This New York Rabbi Just Became A Papal Knight

The Associated Press | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood. Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for hi...

President Obama: Catholics Oppose Fast Tracking the TPP

Stephen Seufert | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

In an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball", President Obama defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP)-- claiming only labor and some progressives opposed it. That simply isn't the case.

Pope Francis Will Visit Cuba Before His Trip To The United States

USA Today via Religion News Service | Jane Onyanga-Omara | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said Wednesday (April 22). The Rev. Federico Lombardi, ...

More Than 1 Million Pilgrims Expected As Shroud Of Turin Goes On Display

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin is back. Believers and skeptics alike have another chance to see the controversial Christian relic, which went on display in Tu...

A Short Note to the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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...