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Vatican Selects Former Fox News Reporter As New Spokesman

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home

The Vatican named former Fox News reporter Greg Burke as its new spokesman on Monday, the first time a U.S. citizen has been entrusted with leading th...

Population Explosion

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Paul Mashegoane

The 20th century experienced the highest population growth in all human history that according to current projections, there won't be another singular...

12 Of Pope Francis' Most Inspiring Quotes From The Past 3 Years

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home

March 13 will mark three years since Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis. Francis has repeatedly challenged conservative...

Argentina's Jorge: A Legacy In Incubation

Nick Fouche | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home
Nick Fouche

At calibrated intervals, Benedict XVI's interpretation of the role of the Church in salvation history could come as an unending series of syllables: a solemn pronouncement delivered over millennia in inarticulate snatches.

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

Piero Schiavazzi | Posted 11.05.2016 | Home
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 11.04.2016 | Home
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 10.01.2016 | Home
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 09.21.2016 | Home
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 09.13.2016 | Home

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 06.18.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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.

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

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Home

(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 | Home
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 | Home

(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 | Home
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.

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

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 | Home

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 | Home
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."

AIDS Summit at the UN: Not Enough Talk About Sex

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.13.2011 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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

Don't Forget About Drug Users

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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....