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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.

Saint Francis: The Musical!

Jack Levison | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

I grew up in a Catholic neighborhood, with signs of Saint Francis everywhere. There he stood, a child-sized cement statue with a tonsure and a soap on a rope belt, surrounded by birds and bunnies.

LOOK: Blessed Pets For Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

Blessed are the animals! On October 4, 2014 Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assis and the "Blessing of the Animals" stemming from F...

Saint Francis and the Lama Beans

Mirabai Starr | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

I first met Ram Dass at the Lama Foundation in the mountains of Northern New Mexico when I was fourteen, and our paths have intertwined ever since.

Is Sport Hunting a Sin?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Our treatment of animals may in the future help shape relationships between peoples as much as with such creatures. Religion and culture may play role...

Daily Meditation: Instrument Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Little (Gay) Prince Who Wanted to Commit Suicide

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Filippo Brunamonti

When I was 18 I asked my mother to put me away in a mental hospital. I told her to do this so that thoughts of homosexuality and suicide would not cross my mind. This had to be done, for I was in unbearable pain. But my mother did not do what I had asked.

Saint Francis and Pope Francis: Inviting Us to Be Fools for God

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Pope Francis is neither Left nor Right, conservative or liberal. He is listening to a different drummer. As people wait for the rules and regulations of the Church to change, like Saint Francis, Pope Francis is embracing the poor.

Kissing the Political or Theological Hand That Makes You Shudder: A Challenge From Saint Francis

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

You're sitting among a group of friends when someone casually mouths off about their political or religious "other" (i.e. opponent). Their tone ices over and they roll their eyes almost out of their head, as if anyone two notches up or down the political or theological spectrum is completely unadmirable and also invalid.

Week of Popes: On Assisi, Francis I, and His Namesake

Brett Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Foster

Today Pope Francis is visiting Assisi to celebrate the Feast Day of that saint whose name he assumed upon his papal election. His one-day visit will be a busy one, including speeches at charitable organizations such as the Serafico Institute and Caritas, a meeting at the archbishop's residence, and a veneration at the tomb of Saint Francis.

Make The Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.04.2013 | Travel

Pope Francis made a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy on Friday. Friday is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, with whom the pope shares a name, so ...

Remembering Francis: From 12th Century Rebel to 21st Century Pope

Shane Claiborne | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

St. Francis was one of the first critics of capitalism, one of the earliest Christian environmentalists, a sassy reformer of the church, and one of the classic conscientious objectors to war.

Saint Francis, Pope Francis, and the Gospel

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

I think it's fair to say that today's off-script remarks in Cagliari, Sardinia, represents one of the most "Franciscan" actions of his pontificate so far.

Pope Francis, Saint Peter And The Other

Tobias Winright | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Tobias Winright

Just as God's Spirit surprised Saint Peter by leading him to the Gentiles and showing him that they too can be God's people, so too perhaps God's Spirit is gently nudging Pope Francis, the Catholic Church and indeed all of us to be similarly surprised by the Other.

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

8 Things Catholics (And Other Christians) Want The New Pope To Do

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Many Catholics are hopeful the new pope will initiate needed change in their Church. There are some early signs that his papacy might be different. But it remains to be seen whether Pope Francis will be a proponent of change or an opponent to it.

When St. Francis Needed A Band-Aid And Became Enlightened

Lisa Hickman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

In my reading this week I came across a fascinating story about St. Francis that speaks deeply to that last commitment to work toward the repair of an ailing church. This story is a challenge for us all.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.

A Hopeful Dispatch From St. Peter's Square

Kim Daniels | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

In a moment of silence at St. Peter's, we saw something we don't see much on the world stage: authentic humility. That's the essence of our faith, and that's what will renew our Church.

Which Francis?

William J. Arnone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
William J. Arnone

Although he did not specifically say so, the assumption is that the new pope chose this name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his austere life, his love of nature and his fierce dedication to the poor. It is possible, however, that another Francis was the model he had in mind.

Performance Art Notes From Assisi

Lia Chavez | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Lia Chavez

In October, I traveled to Assisi, Italy to mark the inception of a month of meditation for my current 90-day endurance performance, True Light -- a performance art piece exploring the effects of fasting, prayer, meditation and silence on the phenomenon of artistic inspiration.

Can Rich Folks Go To Heaven?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

If I'm going to take Jesus seriously, then I have to conclude that it's very difficult for rich people to get to heaven. And as an American who lives a fairly comfortable lifestyle, I know he's talking about me!

Gangsta Saint? St. Francis, Trayvon Martin And Hoodies

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

While St. Francis was not trying to stylize himself as a "gangsta wannabe," his intention for choosing the hooded tunic for his habit are not far off the counter-cultural mark.

Did Padre Pio Fake His Stigmata Wounds?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Richard Schiffman

Was Padre Pio a divinely inspired holy man with supernatural powers? No mere journalist can presume to say. Did he create his own wounds for 60 plus years using carbolic acid? Not likely.

The Story of Penny, a Hummingbird, and the Power of Saint Francis

Maggie Sergio | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Sergio

It was an alarming phone call from my ex-husband Mark one September afternoon in 2003. What followed were a series of events that most find hard to be...