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Relic Of Pope John Paul II Stolen, Recovered

AP | Associated Press | Posted 10.28.2012 | Religion

ROME -- A trio of thieves aboard a train stole a priest's backpack containing a vial of the late Pope John Paul II's blood on Tuesday, but police reco...

Reflections on Pope Benedict's Visit to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.26.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Several weeks after Pope Benedict arrived on our Island, the phones still weren't working and civic activists remained in detention.

It Cannot Be Denied

D. R. Tucker | Posted 09.07.2012 | Green
D. R. Tucker

How about setting a similarly themed film in Oklahoma, beginning with residents discussing their feelings about Senator James Inhofe's insistence that climate change is all a big hoax that Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI somehow fell for?

Vatican Asking Cardinals To Reach Out To Hip-Hoppers

Mark C. Miller | Posted 08.11.2012 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

In a continuation of the work begun by the late Pope John Paul II, the Vatican, representing the wishes of Pope Benedict XVI, is asking Cardinals throughout the world to reach out to hip-hop artists.

Vatican Decree Calls Attention To The Place Of Women Religious

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Olga Bonfiglio

While Pope John Paul II's relationship with American nuns appeared to rein in the more exuberant experiments and freedoms they embraced after Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI's recent decree is drop-dead shocking.

Pope Benedict Praises Predecessor As Model For Polish People

AP | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has praised his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, as a model for the Polish people on the first anniversary of his bea...

The Subversion Of Vatican II

Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC

Mean-spiritedness, hostility and acrimony flourish in a church that should be all about the peace and love that Jesus brought to our world. Certainly, all sides are to blame as we permit these differences to obfuscate the "Good News" of the faith.

Bishop: Total Re-examination Of Catholic Faith, Culture Needed

Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion

By Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter In light of abuse crisis, Australian prelate calls for complete rethinking CHICAGO -- The roots...

Judging Cuba's Cardinal Ortega and Pope Benedict's Trip to the Island

Anya Landau French | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Anya Landau French

When it comes to drawing the Church into politics, just how mighty is its influence with Cuba's leaders? And where is the line between seeking refuge in a church and seeking political leverage at the expense of one?

Cuba Today: Can the Pope Turn Two Wrongs Into a Right?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Blake Fleetwood

Benedict is not the champion of social justice that Pope John was. But now Benedict has the opportunity to show his compassion. After calling for the release of Alan Gross, he should likewise call on Obama to release the rest of the Cuban Five.

Newsflash: Santorum Out of Touch With Catholic Theology

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Roger S. Gottlieb

Santorum's virtual ignoring of environmental issues may be correct or incorrect, depending on your point of view. But it is not orthodox Catholicism -- at least not the morally, politically and spiritually serious Catholicism of 2012.

Would Pope Benedict XVI Ever Quit?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

It has become clear that Pope Benedict is willing to engage with the problems the Church faces. Yet, I wonder if he still considers walking away.

Benedict XVI, A Different Pope, Will Come to a Different Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.

Retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua Dies At 88

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA — Church leaders called on parishioners Wednesday to pray for the soul of retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, who led them for mor...

Santorum and Evolution

Andrew Pavelyev | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Andrew Pavelyev

Rick Santorum has always seemed to have a problem with the theory of evolution. In 2001 he tried to promote the teaching of intelligent design in his ...

Controversial Statue Of John Paul II Gets A Makeover

Posted 01.14.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just eight months after being unveiled, a controversial statue of Pope John Paul I...

Paul's Power Play in Iowa -- But What's Next?

Bill Schneider | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Ron Paul is likely to win the Iowa Republican caucuses next week. What can that possibly mean?

Vatican Vandalism: The New English Translation of the Catholic Mass

John Pinette | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
John Pinette

The untimely new translation of the Mass is so impenetrable that one publisher just released a companion volume for priests with suggestions on where to pause and what words to emphasize, so that they prayers may be understood. Not the greatest endorsement of perceptive translation.

Saint Used Acid to Inflict 'Stigmata,' New Book Claims

Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion

Italian saint Padre Pio reportedly used carbolic acid on his hands, feet and sides to "self-inflict" the wounds Christ endured during the crucifixion,...

Sacrilege: Wall Street Worship

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans have been worshiping a bull. Too many citizens, and particularly politicians, prostrate themselves to Wall Street's bronze idol.

Shamed Pope Sculptor Will Get Second Chance To Redeem Himself

Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME — He was pilloried by the Vatican for creating a sculpture of Pope John Paul II that some mockingly sa...

From Munich To Sarajevo: A Pilgrimage For Peace

Katherine Marshall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The meeting was a message of hope: Despite the realities of violence and economic crisis, peace, prosperity, and a rich and meaningful culture are within our grasp.

Jaweed Kaleem

Most Catholics Don't Know About Changes To Mass, Survey Says | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion

In many ways, Nicky Gautier is a model Roman Catholic. The Charlottesville, Va., resident attends Mass every Sunday, has enrolled her daughter in Cath...

Cuban Archbishop Meurice Stood Up to Power

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

In memoriam for Pedro Meurice Estiú, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago de Cuba They called Archbishop Pedro Meurice Estiu "the lion of the East" for h...

Acting School Aims To Make Hollywood More Like Holywood

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

"Artistic talent is a gift from God," John Paul once said. "And whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste his talent, but must develop it."