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Behind the Scenes: The First Scandal of the Pope Francis Era

Piero Schiavazzi | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Piero Schiavazzi

From the Vatileaks of dilettante cardinals to those of professional consultants; prelude to a battle of the titans that has jeopardized and shaken a bi-millennial building to its core. There's a lot more going on here then synod skirmishes over the family.

Francis' Friends May Be Numbered in the Vatican -- And the 'Vatileaks' Scandal Is a Testament to That

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Vatileaks 2" is the latest scandal to emerge from the Vatican. How many real friends Pope Francis has there today looks harder to count than ever.

I Was Invited to See the Pope at the White House

Susan Shaer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

Of course I would go. The White House itself is a draw on a beautiful fall day. I finally arrived on the south lawn with the green grass expanse between the White House rear balconies and the Washington monument. Magical.

A Letter to Pope Francis from a "Miami Cuban"

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

I only have three questions to pass on to you, which I often hear from my Cuban-American counterparts when it comes to the Church and Cuba, which most of us ask ourselves, but remain totally unanswered.

Establishing Relations with the Holy See

ADST | Posted 09.14.2015 | World

The Catholic Church has been a political force in Europe for more than a millennium, and more than a fifth of all Americans were raised or are practicing Catholics. Bilateral ties with the Papal States, established in 1848, lapsed in 1867, due to increasing anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S.

Pope Urges 'Every Person Living on This Planet' to Take Action on Climate Change

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Pope Francis' encyclical letter is a dire warning on the disastrous state of "our common home."

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Françoise Girard

Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.

UN Issues Scathing Report On Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades...

Next U.S. Ambassador To The Vatican Is Former Charity Leader

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Mig...

Popacabana: New Tone, Old Message

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

So Pope Francis has said "yes" today, to inclusion of LGBT people in Roman Catholic worship, and "no" to the ordination of women. Ironically enough, the mainstream, conservative Roman Catholic Church would collapse without the work of women.

Pope Francis Aided By Law Experts For Vatican Reform | Philip Pullella | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis has brought in international experts to help him overhaul the Holy See and move on from a series of scandals under his predec...

Confronting the Vatican on the Rights of Children

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

In pursuing the truth about the Vatican's response to child abuse committed by priests, the United Nations has the opportunity to hold the Holy See accountable to the standards accepted by all the signatories.

Jaweed Kaleem

Obama To Fill Key Vatican Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.14.2013 | Religion

The White House announced Friday that President Barack Obama will nominate Ken Hackett, the former president of Catholic Relief Services to be the Uni...

Vatican Members Reportedly Living 'Yards' Away From Huge Gay Bathhouse

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Situated on a private road in Rome, an historic palazzo that houses a key Vatican department is also home to a huge gay sauna. On Monday Italian n...

Deaf Ears And A Sinking Ship: Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."

Vatican University Hosts Tattoo Conference

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.05.2012 | World

VATICAN CITY — Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors wer...

AIDS Summit at the UN: Not Enough Talk About Sex

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

World leaders gathered at the United Nations to mark the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Adrienne Germain and Alexandra Garita discuss the declaration and the controversies that arise whenever sex is a key part of an agenda.

Why Ending HIV Starts With Women - Today

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

We can end HIV/AIDS right now if we want to. We already know how. We know how it's transmitted; we know how to prevent and treat it. We're just not doing what it takes to end it.

New Catholic Missal Meets Resistance From Prominent American Liturgist

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Anthony Ruff, OSB, a prominent liturgical scholar and professor of liturgy at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., has published an open lett...

Majority Catholic Supreme Court Allows Vatican-Sex Abuse Case To Move Forward

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Supreme Court won't stop a lawsuit that accuses the Vatican of conspiring with U.S. church officials to transfer a priest from c...

Jeffrey Lena, Lawyer For Pope, Talks About His Role

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Associated Press) — The Vatican has long let cardinals or its official spokesmen do its talking when scandal hits. But as the Vat...

Don't Forget About Drug Users

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

This letter to the editor was originally published in the Winter 2010 issue of Conscience Magazine I want to congratulate you on your recent articles...

Mass Grave of History: The Vatican's WWII Identity Crisis

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Julia Gorin

In enshrining the Church's divided World War II loyalties by canonizing the ambivalent pope at the time, the Church would be announcing to the world what it's made of. Pius should be neither demonized nor sanctified.

Vatican Blamed For Smear Campaign Against Catholic Editor

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Michael Day, The Independent Whispers were reverberating around the corridors of the Vatican yesterday over incendiary claims by the editor of th...

Vatican Radio To Air Paid Advertisements For First Time In 80-Year History

BBC | Duncan Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Vatican Radio - the voice of the Roman Catholic Church - is starting to air advertisements for the first time in the station's nearly 80-year history....