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Pope John Paul II

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...

Costa Rican Woman 'Cured' By JP2 Becomes Symbol Of Faith

AP | JAVIER CORDOBA | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her ...

Bombshell: Vatican Knew About Sex Abuse In Legion Of Christ For Decades

AP | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II and his top advisers failed to grasp the severity of the sexual abuse problem until late in his 26-year papacy, especially ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Priests Reject Changes To Mass

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

It's been more than two years since Catholics across the U.S. switched to a new Roman Missal, the prayers and instructions that make up the ritual "ca...

Remembering Pope John Paul II's Legacy On The Anniversary Of His Death

AP | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has hailed Pope John Paul II's legacy on the ninth anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death. A crowd of tens...

Vatican To Live Stream Canonization Of JPII, John XXIII

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the V...

A No-Frills Canonization For JPII, John XXIII

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The low-frills style of Pope Francis is having an effect on the upcoming canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Or...

This Is The Gun That Almost Killed Pope John Paul II

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The gun used by a would-be assassin to shoot Pope John Paul II will be on display at a museum dedicated to the pontiff as a si...

A Few Kind Words for Satan

Herb Silverman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

As an atheist, I point out that I don't believe in the existence of any supernatural forces, including Yahweh, Satan, angels or devils. But I can make theological and strategic cases for embracing the mythical Satan.

Benedict XVI On John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was A Saint

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succee...

Pope Francis Didn't Initially Want To Be Called Pope Francis

Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

Though Pope Francis' name is now on the whole world's lips, it seems that the former Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio did not always intend on choosing i...

Were the Doves Wise or Foolish?

Boria Sax | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

On January 26, 2014, Pope Francis I sat at a window in front of a crowd and released two doves of peace, which were immediately attacked by a seagull and a hooded crow. People speculated, usually with a bit of humor, that the incident might presage a coming apocalypse.

Why Did John Paul II's Aide Do It?

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are divided between praise and condemnation of John Paul II's secretary for publishing the late pope's personal notes ...

Priceless Pope John Paul II Relic Stolen From Italian Church

Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion

Italian police are searching for a stolen relic that contains the blood of Pope John Paul II, which was taken from the church of San Pietro della Ienc...

8 Funerals That Showed Us The True Emotion Of A Nation In Mourning

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in South Africa on Tuesday, braving the cold and the rain to bid farewell to the unforgettable Nelson Mandela. ...

Of Marxists, Mouthpieces and Men of the Cloth

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.08.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

The pope is hardly alone in criticizing trickle-down economics. David Stockman, one of the architects of Reaganomics, was no pinko commie when he expressed grave second thoughts about supply-side economics. At least Francis did not use the horse manure analogy of John Kenneth Galbraith.

The Audacity of Pope

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Will the new pope not only challenge the social status quo but also, like John Paul II, the world order as well? Here are three areas where the new pope could seriously rock the boat, based on some of his utterances so far.

Why So Many Religious Leaders Made The Cover of Time

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.18.2013 | Religion

If one were to gauge influence by the number of Time Magazine covers, Pope John Paul II is the most important religious figure in the publication's hi...

LOOK: Vandals Make Off With Reagan's Arm

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 10.05.2013 | World

WARSAW, Poland -- WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police were searching on Wednesday for a vandal who damaged a bronze statue of Ronald Reagan and Pope John P...

Is the Pope Catholic?

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, has been a ray of sunshine since his elevation in March. His charm, humility and generosity, and his respect even for gays and atheists, have made him far more appealing than the authoritarian medievalist he replaced.

Visiting John the Baptist in Damascus

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

I've been wandering from Afghanistan to Mali, trying to visit as many living and dead Sufi masters -- and shrines -- as I possibly can. But perhaps no place excited me more than the splendid shrine of John the Baptist in the Umayyad Mosque of Syria.

Are Miracles Required For Sainthood?

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood, two ...

Advice for Pope Francis as He Heads to Rio

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Matthew Fox offers advice to Pope Francis on dozens of hot-button issues that were mostly silenced by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Imagine an issue that you might care about and it is here. Birth control. Pre-marital sex. Ordaining women. Looking to more than the Bible and Church tradition (nature, science, creative arts, imagination) for God's revelation.

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 ...

A Sign of Things to Come?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Last week, Pope Francis made a small, but significant, change in three of the Catholic eucharistic prayers, or what is generally known as the "Mass."