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Cloistered Philadelphia Nuns Are Quietly Seeking To Grow Their Order

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For more than 100 years, the cloistered nuns known as the Pink Sisters have worked in shifts to ensure nonstop prayer in Philade...

"Mom, Today I Became a Catholic": Analysis of a Teen Conversion

Stafford Betty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

About five years ago Natalie Thomson, an attractive, popular, well-adjusted 16-year-old girl made this surprising announcement. It was surprising for...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

2017 - Reformation Year?

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

Churches and communities on both sides of the Atlantic have begun preparations to mark "Reformation Year," the quincentennial of the day that Martin L...

Catholic Priest Stole $741K From Churchgoers Over 25 Years

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 12.01.2015 | Crime

TOULOUSE, France, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A Catholic priest will be sent to court after admitting he stole more than 700,000 euros ($741,000) collected from...

Climate Change This Week: The Chocolate Connection, Faltering Forests, a Solar Alliance, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon What We Lose when the forests of As...

Pope Marks 50 Years Of Close Catholic-Jewish Relations With Call For More Interfaith Friendships

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 50th anniversary of the turning point in the Catholic Church's relations with Jews and people of other f...

Vatican Denies Report That Pope Francis Has A Brain Tumor

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Oct. 21) categorically denied a story from an Italian news agency that Pope Francis has been diagnosed wi...

Bundle Of Bones Found In Welsh Pub Could Belong To English Saint | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.19.2015 | Religion

A bundle of bones found in a pub in Wales almost 140 years ago could prove to be the last remains of an English saint, Roman Catholic bishops believe....

Pope Francis Pays Surprise Visit To Homeless Shelter In Rome

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to a new homeless shelter just outside Vatican City, the pontiff’s latest move to draw att...

Secret Letter Allegedly Sent To Pope Francis By Conservative Cardinals Fuels Speculations At Vatican Synod

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Tensions already roiling a high-level Vatican summit spilled into the open on Monday (Oct. 12) with the publication of a letter all...

Catholic Women Hope Their Voices Will Be Heard During Vatican's Synod On The Family

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Women don’t have a vote at the meeting of 270 Catholic bishops on family issues that began this week, but they hope their voices ...

Climate Change This Week: The Flood Connection, a Clean Energy Superpower, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Peruvian Amazon forests disappear, so does this insect, and webs of amazing be...

The New Catholics

Robert Slayton | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

In 2015 Muslims are the target of Americans' bigotry, replacing Catholics of a century ago. Neither episode represents the better ideals of this country; every citizen -- then and now -- should be evaluated on his actions, not with prejudiced, preconceived tests.

What Words Did Pope Francis Use The Most During His Visit To The U.S.?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

During his six-day trip to the United States, Pope Francis delivered a total of 19 speeches and homilies. He spoke to a wide array of audiences, from ...

Pope Francis Offers A Classic Sunday Sermon To Inspire The Faithful On Last Day In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis celebrated a final Mass with hundreds of thousands of joyful Catholics assembled on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, offeri...

Pope Makes Suprise Stop To Bless Statue Of Catholic-Jewish Unity

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a surprise stop at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on Sunday to bless a statue that celebrates the Vatican's ties with the...

Pope Francis Speaks To Bishops On Gay Marriage And Families In Philadelphia

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis -- who has largely avoided directly speaking of controversies over LGBT rights despite heavy lobbying from conservative a...

Pope Francis Pays Surprise Visit To Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis met with five survivors of sex abuse in Philadelphia on Sunday morning. The half-hour meeting took place at the St. Charles Borromeo Semi...

What Happens After You See Pope Francis?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is nearing the end of his six-day, three-city tour of the United States -- and everywhere he goes, his events are the hottest tickets in ...

At Philly's Independence Mall, Pope Francis Offers His Definition Of Religious Freedom

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis addressed thousands of people gathered at Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall on Saturday afternoon, just feet aw...

Pope Francis' Message To Philadelphia Catholics At The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Saturday, delivering a homily that lifted up Philadelphia's Catholic history...

Pope Francis Arrives In Philadelphia For Weekend Celebrating Catholic Families

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis arrived in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday for the final leg of his U.S. visit — a festive weekend devoted to c...

Yes, Pope Francis's Visit to a Prison Is a Big Deal

Yolande Cadore | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Yolande Cadore

Today, more than two million people are behind bars. Few of us stop to consider the human impacts of incarceration or what it means to be separated from a parent, sibling and social settings you've known your entire life.

Saint Junipero Serra: A Second Thought

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Mark I. Pinsky

In canonizing Father Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C. on September 23, Pope Francis signaled that the Vatican believes the founder of the California mission system did his best for Native Americans. Serra's defenders say it is unfair to judge the 18th century Franciscan missionary by contemporary standards.