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Respecting Differences Is A Non-negotiable, Moral Imperative

John Petillo | Posted 03.10.2016 | Education
John Petillo

Respecting differences is a critical element of everything that happens at colleges and universities. The dignity and value of every human being is paramount, and the hope is that graduates go into the world enriched with the tools and resolve to help make it a better place for everyone they encounter

Here's Why The Preserved Body Of This Catholic Saint Is Hitting The Road

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

The body of one of the most popular Roman Catholic saints, the mystic monk Padre Pio, began an overland journey in a crystal coffin on Wednesday to go...

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Hope and Redemption

Michael Brune | Posted 09.24.2016 | Green
Michael Brune

The same week that brought us the pope's inspiring message of hope also uncovered the worst kind of cynicism.

Pope Francis Praises Capitalism, But Says It Must Not Overlook The Poor

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his address before a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis praised capitalism but urged the American people to use it a...

Francis Fails on One Huge Issue

Martha Burk | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Martha Burk

We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.

Francis, Let's Put Women in Their Place

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

What about Pope Francis? Will he ever bless the ordination of women, or will he continue to keep women in their place? I deeply admire Pope Francis. His warmth and compassion, his candor and humanity are a breath of fresh air. His love for the poor and his commitment to people rather than to an established hierarchy are inspirational.

Pope Francis Wants Women to Be Sisters, Not Servants

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- When Pope Francis travels to Paraguay in July, it is most possible he will recall the way women took charge of this country's future in 1870 after the war. He has mentioned this historical moment before to point out the great risks women are ready to take. Whether he will risk going any further remains to be seen.

Is There Life After the Pontificate for Francis?

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

As Francis has repeated on several occasions, "the Pope emeritus is not a statue in a museum. It is an institution," which "participates in the life of the Church." This new "institution" is a consequence of Benedict's historical resignation on February 11, 2013. It has "opened the door," according to Jorge Bergoglio. Meaning, he could very well do the same.

Pope's Visit: A Resounding Success

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

At all levels, the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan and Palestine was a huge success. For about 26 hours, everything was implemented as planned. And the few unplanned moments worked out quite well, leaving indelible memories and images.

Pope Francis Restored My Faith In The Catholic Church

Kristina Carlota | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Kristina Carlota

"Dear young people, please, don't be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don't be observe...

Ego Te Absurdo: Francis Is Advocate's 'Person Of The Year'

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

Really? In a year full of LGBT rights milestones, it's Pope Francis who's the "person of the year," simply for pulling slightly back from Benedict's bigotry? We're handing out accolades because someone makes us feel hopey-changey?

What Role Models for Pope Francis?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Dispensing with the need for a miracle that could be attributed to Blessed John XXIII's intercession, Pope Francis has approved him for canonization as a saint. Francis demonstrates by this decision his exceptional admiration for the pope who called the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively' On Sexual Abuse By Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure the perpetrators are...

What the Choice of Francis Means

Michael Novak | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Michael Novak

Here is a prayer -- St. Francis' prayer, the tradition says -- that helps to explain what the choice of the name Francis means.