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Man Who Shot John Paul II Lays Flowers On Saints Tomb

AP | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basil...

Saints and Sexuality

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

When we have a pope who finally recognizes that human sexual desire is not a bad thing, that sexual relations between loving couples is a good thing, whether they're seeking to produce a child or not, and that there's nothing inherently evil about masturbation, then maybe we'll have a pope who's worthy of admiration, if not veneration.

PHOTOS: News From Latin America You Missed

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

After the death of Colombian literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Associated Press photojournalists in Latin America captured celebrations last week...

An Unprecedented Sainthood Ceremony Brings 1 Million To Rome

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, set...

LOOK: The Amazing Life Of Pope John Paul II

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II is set to be canonized on Sunday April 27. He and Pope John XXIII will become the newest saints in a ceremony celebrated by...

Remembering Pope John Paul II

Karen Hart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Karen Hart

When people ask me where I got married, their ears always perk-up when I tell them my husband and I took our vows in the walls of the Vatican during the year of the Jubilee.

Pope John Paul II Souvenirs Are Big Business In Poland

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

By Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland April 25 (Reuters) - Souvenir shops at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, where Karol Wojtyl...

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

John Paul II Fever In Poland Is Muted

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion

WADOWICE, Poland (AP) — His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But da...

Pope Francis: A Year in the Life

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It has been a year since the white smoke poured forth from the chimney erected atop the Sistine Chapel signaling the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Pope Francis, with his "Who am I to judge?" has opened the door.

The Catholic Church and Same-Sex Marriage: How Might Doctrine Develop?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

For Augustine, the true significance of marriage was not procreation, but the enduring friendship of two human beings who are innately social creatures.

Pope Calls Abortion 'Horrific'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough ag...

Pope Francis: Man of the Year and a Sign of Some Hope

Matthew Fox | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Such a story is raising hope among activists and progressive Catholics, many of whom have left the church behind but still recognize its potential power as a source for good in many parts of the world.

An Advent Book Recommendation: For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Pope Francis chose to honor St. Francis of Assisi by his choice of name, but it has become clear that His Holiness didn't just want to pay homage to the humble saint; he wants the faithful to emulate him.

Record Crowds Expected For John Paul II's Canonization

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attende...

Canonization Day Set

AP | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. Pope Francis announced the date Monday during a meeting ...

The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Anyone considering the news that the current pope, Francis I, has approved John Paul II for sainthood, should also consider that more than anyone, John Paul II had access to information about the full scope of the abuse problem and the greatest power to address it.

John Paul II Cleared For Sainthood

AP | By NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century's most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to ...

Miracle Moves John Paul II Another Step Towards Sainthood

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II has moved a step closer to sainthood. A Vatican official says a commission of theologians approved a miracle attrib...

Mitt Romney Ad: Obama Has Declared A War On Religion

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

A new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion." The ad, along with recent attacks on Obama's welf...

John Paul's Beatification To Take Place Sunday In Rome (VIDEO)

Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion

The beatification of the late Pope John Paul II will take place Sunday in Rome. The Vatican expects hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the city for ...

The Rush To Beatify John Paul

Bill Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bill Briggs

However you come down on the key questions of what John Paul knew and what he allowed to take place during his papacy, there's no stopping the big party in Rome.

John Paul II's Blood To Be Relic In Church

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland — A vial containing blood drawn from Pope John Paul II shortly before he died will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soo...

Is John Paul ll Being Fast-Tracked To Sainthood?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II, bringing the la...

John Paul II Moves Closer To First Step Toward Sainthood

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It's looking increasingly likely that Pope Benedict XVI will soon move his predecessor one step closer to sainthood by confirming the existence of a m...