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On Abortion: Pope Francis Opens the Doors of Mercy for Women

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

Pope Francis' extension of the faculty to forgive the sin of abortion in the Jubilee year to priests is a huge gesture to women especially in the Global South.

There Are More Catholics In The World, But Fewer Priests

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new report mapping the Catholic Church’s more than 1.2 billion souls — on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 — holds some surprises. ...

Why Blessed Paul VI?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Bishop of Rome from 1963 to his death in 1978, Paul VI is now Blessed Paul VI. But why would Pope Francis have thought it significant to beatify this pope, so soon after canonizing John XXIII and John Paul II?

10 Most Catholic Countries Worldwide, Increase Seen In Global South

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see the top 10 countries with the largest number of Catholics: A recent analytical report by Pew Research Center, ...