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Pope Francis Exhorts Church to Be Less Uniform and More Universal

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Through the guidelines put forward in the recently released "Amoris Laetitia" document, Pope Francis is moving his church to be less "uniformized" by Rome alone and to become more pastorally plural and creative on the ground. In a nutshell, this means a less Roman and more Catholic Church. Catholicism, of course, originally meant "universal."

With High Hopes, a Deeply Divided Mexico Awaits Pope Francis

Homero Aridjis | Posted 02.11.2016 | World
Homero Aridjis

MEXICO CITY -- While the Pope cannot and will not be a deus ex machina, nor the answer to Mexico's myriad problems, his visit will surely give hope and inspiration to millions. If he does speak out, it will serve to shine a powerful light on the violence, pervasive corruption, social inequality and injustice in my country.

The Pope Looks East Toward Russia and China

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Rumors of a plan to meet the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and of a deal with Beijing to name Catholic bishops in China signal Vatican maneuvers on the eastern front.

Here's What to Expect From Pope Francis in 2016

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Reform of the Vatican, outreach to divorced couples, the jubilee and several trips overseas are on the schedule as Pope Francis' pontificate enters its fourth year.

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.

Who Is Pope Francis? Insights On The Remarkable Pontiff

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Who is Pope Francis? A reformer? A radical? A revolutionary? He has been called all of these things since he was the surprise choice of the card...

What to Expect During the Pope's Visit to the U.S.

Paul Vallely | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Paul Vallely

Pope Francis has switched the focus of the Catholic Church away from a high-profile fight against abortion and gay marriage and onto a mission to serve the poor and extend mercy to all. He is far more concerned with issues related to money than to sex.

Why Pope Francis Is Very Much Like St. Francis

Catherine Corman | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Catherine Corman

In the conclave, Pope Francis touched on the early church fathers' sense of the mysterium lunae. The mystery of the moon is that it has no light of its own; it only reflects the light of the sun. He said the church should not mistake itself for the sun. It has instead the mystery of the moon. It must remember that it only shines by reflecting the light of the divine.

How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The pope's visit to America in September 2015 will have a dramatic impact on the public discourse and issue debates of the presidential and congressional campaigns that will formally begin in January 2016, to the advantage of liberals.

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.

Holy Ghostwriters: Behind the Pope's Tweets and Encyclicals

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Francis is now busy with something more magisterial, more doctrinal: a new encyclical. The last one, released in July 2013, was taken from one already much prepared by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. This time, it will be fully his own and deal with "human ecology."

Pope Francis: Moving the Church Forward on the Modern Family, One Step at a Time

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Even though he is the mighty "sovereign pontiff," he also knows he cannot just simply impose touchy pastoral shifts overnight without harming the Church's unity. As a former archbishop coming from "the end of the world," the Argentinian pope does not want Rome to solely decide.

Pope Francis: A 'Homebody' Out in the World Who Has Never Been to the United States

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis' best asset is his lasting popularity outside his own Church. His limits are his own physical capacity. He told reporters he gave himself "two or three years" before death. He does not rule out retirement before then.

Pope Francis I, the Nun-Busters and Why Catholics Should Buy "Quest For the Living God"

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

We have seen a great shift in this Vatican's tone. But what have we not seen? We have not seen the shift fully extend to the women of the church.

Why Pope Francis Is a Model CEO

Terry Connelly | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

He may be the first Pontiff to merit a Harvard Business School case study in 21st Century executive leadership. Consider the situation he inherited when he took office.

Pope Francis Thanks Nun For Saving His Life

Posted 12.09.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis shared the moving story of the nun who saved his life with journalist Andrew Tornielli in the new book "Little Flowers of Pope Francis." ...

Grant Me the Pope Francis Kool-Aid but Not Yet; Is the New Pope for Real?

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Vatican doctrine still holds that same-sex and marriage and love are sinful. The pontiff has yet to fling "open the door" (to employ the terminology Ratzinger et al used) to the discussion of Women's Ordination.

Pope Francis Ran Underground Network To Save Suspected Dissidents

Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion

Jorge Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis, was head of a Jesuit province in Argentina in 1973-1979, during a military dictatorship and at the height of...

'Lesser Of 2 Evils': Pope Francis Supported Civil Unions In 2010

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis supported civil unions for gay couples as recently as 2010. This news might surprise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adv...

A Pope Mistreated by Kirchner's Government

Andy Jud | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Andy Jud

It really is big news for Argentina. Jorge Bergoglio is very well known in a country where the proclamations of the Church and Bergoglio himself had for years been mistreated and neglected by the Kirchners.

'Rebuild My Church'

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While these are enormous challenges for Pope Francis, the grace of God is sufficient for faithful church leaders to lead. And Jorge Bergoglio is said to be such a man of God -- fervent in personal faith and consistent prayer.

Pope Francis' Anti-Gay History

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

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 76-year-old Argentinean, was chosen as the first Latin American pope on Wednesday. He will lead the world's 1.2 bill...