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Pope John Paul II

There Should Never Be Two Popes

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

German journalist Peter Seewald does the reader both a favor and a disservice with his generous introduction to the new volume, Last Testament: In His...

Letter to a Trump Supporter #3: Liberation Theology

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the third in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our con...

"You Have to Hand It to Him"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.21.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Whenever my wife asks me to tidy up the bathroom, I feel like throwing in the towel because I could never get it to look as nice as t...

Faith, Hope and Medical Technology Still Strong in Boston

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Ray Flynn

Sometimes we can be our own worst critics! I can't tell you how often I've heard people say that fewer Catholics attend Church anymore.

Ending the Exploitation of People and the Planet

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There could be no more urgent political or policy agenda. There are two global crises that are increasing exponentially in scale this year, trapped in a vicious reinforcing cycle, one making the other worse.

As the Former US Ambassador to the Vatican, Here's How I Remember Nancy Reagan

Ray Flynn | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Ray Flynn

The past few days, with the passing of Nancy Reagan, I was contacted by the local and national media to share some reflections on the extraordinary lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The media obviously knew that I served in leadership positions with the U.S. Conference of Mayor's when Ronald Reagan was President.

How Long Francis Will Remain Pope -- And What's Keeping Him in the Vatican

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope three years ago. He is now 79 years old and still seems willing to go further to set his reforms on an irreversible track. But the Curia grumbles against what is perceived from the inside as an authoritarian and unpredictable boss.

Vatican Cookbook Offers Over 60 Recipes To Help You Eat Like A Pope

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.23.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis once said he wished he could spend a day as an ordinary person and go get a pizza without being recognized. After reading the new The Vat...

Pope John Paul and the Scandal of Love: A Rabbi's Perspective

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 02.16.2017 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

A dead Pope, made a Saint since his passing away, and his secret love life, is a hot item in the news. What is it about this story that fascinates glo...

Utopia: Sex, God, and Marriage

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.30.2017 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and of loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the str...

Pope Fancis's New Interreligious Dialogue of Action

Donald W. Mitchell | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
Donald W. Mitchell

Participants agreed that it is not religion per say that causes conflict, but individuals who exploit religion for personal, commercial and political gains. They agreed to return home and pursue the following in the spirit of fraternity.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Italy

Rick Steves | Posted 12.21.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Merry Christmas! To celebrate the season, I'm sharing clips, extras and behind-the-scenes notes from Rick Steves' European Christmas. After Austria, ...

The Collision Course in the South China Sea

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

When I was learning to fly, one of the lessons was that if you see an object on the horizon that is seemingly stationary but getting larger, watch out. It is probably an aircraft closing with you. Trouble with China in the South China Sea is on the horizon of U.S strategic concerns and getting larger. A major confrontation may be at hand.

Reflections on China, Religion and High Altitude Sickness

Jim Laurie | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Jim Laurie

Collapsing before Buddha and falling before the Pope, did not make me more religious, but in the years since it has caused me to reflect about religion -- religion in China.

Pope Francis and Donald Trump: When Kingdoms Collide

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 09.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis and Donald Trump are savvy politicians, whose contrasting styles of rhetoric and tone have made them two of the best showmen/salesmen of the 21st Century.

A Papal Blessing for a Biden Presidential Bid?

Al Eisele | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Al Eisele

Pope Francis has said he won't address any domestic political issues during his visit to the U.S., but there's a good chance he may bestow his blessing on Vice President Joe Biden, and by inference, encourage him to run for president.

Establishing Relations with the Holy See

ADST | Posted 09.13.2016 | 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.

Seminarians Plan Rowdy Welcome For Pope's Visit

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion

The last time a pope visited the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary just outside Philadelphia, he got a rousing, even rowdy, rock star welcome. "Viva! Viva...

50 Years Of Pope Visits To The United States

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States in September, with stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. His trip will add to th...

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

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

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

Church and State in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
John Feffer

Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 6: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness (Conclusion)

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Just as we think of the films of the exceptionally gifted Leni Riefenstahl as Nazi art, so we are in an inexorable process of appreciating much of the art of Richard Wagner as such.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 5: The Wagner Family and Questions of Forgiveness

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Instead of asking for forgiveness or otherwise expressing regret for the past, or even honestly and clearly acknowledging it, what most of these Nazi-tainted German artists have done at best, individually or collectively, is what might be called gestures of redress

Open Letter to Gov. Nathan Deal Regarding Kelly Gissendaner From a Catholic Theologian

Tobias Winright | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Tobias Winright

​The execution of Kelly Gissendaner is not necessary for the protection of the citizens of Georgia (or for the protection of the officers, staff, or fellow inmates at the prison).

Pope Francis and Climate Change: A Catholic Tradition

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

At Catholic Relief Services, we are very aware of the impact of climate change on the poor around the world; that those who have contributed the least to this problem are suffering -- and will suffer -- the most from it.