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Pope Francis Reforms

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

Pope's Letter To Gay Children's Book Author 'Uses The Language Of Respect'

HuffPost Italy | Laura Eduati | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion

  The Vatican issued a statement on Friday reiterating the church's stance against same-sex relationships and gender fluidity after news broke tha...

Will Pope Francis' Reforms Outlive Him?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above?...

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 Opens Door Even Wider To Change On Priest Celibacy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis directly addressed the issue of priest celibacy for the first time since his election as Pope while on his way back from a historic trip ...

Pope Francis Wants Vatican Finances To Be More Transparent And Charitable

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis on Friday told the first meeting of a newly-formed Vatican committee to reform Catholic Church finances that it should aim for transparen...

German Priest Seeks Release From Celibacy Vows, Citing 'Human Right To Partnership' In Letter To Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

German priest Stefan Hartmann has sent a personal petition to Pope Francis asking him to waive his vow of celibacy, which he posted on his Facebook pa...

Top UN Official Discusses The Church And Women's Rights

Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has been praised for many of his reformist initiatives, but is he doing enough for women's rights? Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive ...

Why Pope Francis Is An Unsettling Boss

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) So what’s it like to come to work every day when your boss is the pope? At the one-year mark of Pope Francis’ election, the ...

Pope Francis Wants To Convert The Church

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Pope Francis approaches the one-year mark of his papacy, his global flock and a fascinated public are starting to measure the ch...

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church,...

Pope Francis Isn't Satisfied With The Caliber Of Bishop Nominees

Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In another strongly worded message to the Catholic hierarchy, Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 27) told the Vatican body that vets no...

Pope Opens Vatican Meetings With Call For Flexibility

Religious News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 20) opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family l...

Pope Francis Restored My Faith In The Catholic Church

Kristina Carlota | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Kristina Carlota

"Dear young people, please, don't be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don't be observe...

Jessica Elgot

Pope Francis Tests The Faith Of Newly Baptized Catholic | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

LONDON -- Megan Hodder, a 20-year-old former atheist who was recently baptized as a Catholic, says Pope Francis' election has been a true test of her ...

Can We Save The Catholic Church?

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from "Can We Save The Catholic Church?" by Hans Küng. Reproduced by permission of HarperCollins Publishers....

Vatican Strikes Back At UN After Scathing Report

Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

After the UN published a damning report on the Vatican's record on priest abuse, human rights, as well as its stance on homosexuality, contraception, ...

Here's How You Can Ask Pope Francis To Stop LGBT Violence With Just A Click

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

Though Pope Francis has been praised for his famously tolerant statement, "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord," there is a ...

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Style And Substance: The Reforms Of Pope Francis | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

When Pope Francis posed his now-iconic question, "Who am I to judge?" in reference to gay people in the Catholic Church, he signaled a sea change in a...

Who Are Pope Francis' New Cardinals?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) In naming his first batch of new cardinals on Sunday (Jan. 12), Pope Francis made some surprising choices that largely confirmed the characteris...

The End of the Papal Monarchy?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Popes no longer ride the sedia gestatoria. They no longer wear the triple tiara. But other aspects of the monarchy remained firmly in place until the auspicious year 2013.

Pope Francis: 2013 Politician of the Year

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Bob Burnett

In 2013 there was a resurgence of populism in the U.S., with the enormous popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and the victory of Bill de Blasio in the New York mayor's race. And populists gained a powerful ally in Pope Francis.

'The Pope Doesn't Want Bureaucrats, He Wants Pastors'

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) As part of Pope Francis’ pastoral reforms, all 44 senior members of the Roman Curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confessio...

Top American Bishop Will Follow Pope's Welcoming Example

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion

BALTIMORE (RNS) After serving as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the past three years, there was little surprise when Ar...