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No Room For Decadent 'Princes' In Francis' Vatican

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis is revolutionizing how the Vatican operates, encouraging officials to remain faithful to what they have dedicated their lives to, and to the global Catholic community. If the pope is no more than a king in his church, then there shall be no room for princes.

Paige Lavender

This Darwin Day, Take A Look At Which Republicans Are Further To The Right On Evolution Than The Pope Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

A version of this piece was originally published on Oct. 29, 2014. Pope Francis, thought of by some Republicans as "too liberal," made headlines in...

Pope Francis To Give A Speech To Congress In September

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis will deliver a speech in front of a joint session of Congress this fall. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced in a tweet on T...

Why Pope Francis Is Very Much Like St. Francis

Catherine Corman | Posted 02.03.2015 | 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.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

Are You Catholic Curious? If so, What One Question Would You Ask the Pope?

Kerrie Houston Reightley | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Kerrie Houston Reightley

I confess: I'm Catholic curious. Sort of. I've always been fascinated--and, admittedly, frightened--by this notion that Catholics can slip behind a closet door, confess any kind of sin, from the monumental to the mundane; and, theoretically, emerge with a clean slate.

6 Reasons Having A Latino Pope Has Made A Difference

The Huffington Post | Ana Maria Benedetti & Roque Planas | Posted 12.24.2014 | Latino Voices

Ever since Pope Francis started his papacy in 2013 he has proved to be very different than his predecessors. The first Latino and first Jesuit pop...

Is There Life After the Pontificate for Francis?

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

As Francis has repeated on several occasions, "the Pope emeritus is not a statue in a museum. It is an institution," which "participates in the life of the Church." This new "institution" is a consequence of Benedict's historical resignation on February 11, 2013. It has "opened the door," according to Jorge Bergoglio. Meaning, he could very well do the same.

Viva il Papa

Cecilia Cicone | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Cecilia Cicone

Pope Francis is extremely personable, and I have the utmost respect for the Holy Father. But he hasn't changed anything. If nothing is changing in the Church, then something must have changed outside of the Church. People are finally willing to listen.

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.

A Day in the Life of Pope Francis, Who Lives Behind This Gas Station

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Nothing can distract you in Santa Martha. When you enter the residence, where the Vatican accommodates some of its visitors, there is no Raphael fresco or Bernini sculptor to catch your eye. Just plain white walls and green plants on a tidily kept marble floor. The outside six-story facade and the inside lobby alike are as neutral and impartial as a clinic. Yet the one you may come across, in the elevator, is Pope Francis. He stays in Room 201 on the second floor. A young cardinal once found himself with the pope suddenly entering the lift. "Holy Father," he said most politely. Francis replied: "Holy Son!" The pope recently explained to journalists that he had insisted on taking the elevator alone, with no one on duty to accompany him: "My life is as normal as I can make it." And as normal as one of a priest, that he wants it to remain.

God's Ivory: The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis

Jamie Joseph | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

I was raised Catholic, but have followed Buddhism most of my adult life. People buying ivory have a right to know that their purchase is causing incredible trauma.

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.

Top 5 Ways to Save Our Elephants From Extinction

Jamie Joseph | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Jamie Joseph

World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. A few days after learning of the death of Satao I met up with beloved scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the elephant crisis.

For LGBT People, the Pope Is No Hero

Scott Novak | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

On Thursday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco participated in the homophobic March for Marriage across from the Supreme Court, leading thousands of protesters in prayer against same-sex marriages.

The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

Dan Arel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Can a Vatican-appointed commission bring about real change and be trusted to give a non-biased and honest report about the scale and severity of the abuse and offer real solutions that will be accepted by the Church?

Why the Pope Should Come to Philly and Ignore Its Hierarchy

Christopher Norris | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Christopher Norris

Pope Francis should certainly come to Philadelphia, but his visit should not be herald as a moneymaker for the city; instead it should be orated as a potential sacred moment for a city so deeply divided to heal.

Him: Pope Francis and a Year in the Modern Imagination

Aileen McGraw | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Aileen McGraw

Mary Deeley looks me in the eye and laughs as she tells me the three men who top the invite list for her daughter's wedding. Sitting with her arms outstretched in a chair at Northwestern University's Sheil Catholic Center, Mary continues our conversation in a speedy and reverent tone.

Pope Francis Broke All The Rules In His Landmark First Year, But How Far Will He Go?

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He m...

Animal Rights Group Scolds Pope For Doomed Dove Release

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) — Animal rights groups on Monday appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from a Vatican window overlooking St. Pet...

Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

At the risk of sounding like a starry-eyed groupie instead of a critical thinker, I would argue Pope Francis embodies all of those definitions, and a few more that truly mark social innovation.

An Unexpected Servant: The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

This personal and institutional modesty appeals to many U.S. Catholics, especially those who had been put off by the seeming arrogance of the Vatican. Reflecting this change 88 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis is doing a good job in his role as Pope.

Five Things I Hope For Christians in 2014

Emily Timbol | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

Our message should be one that brings hope, not shame. That's why I'm turning the five events below into opportunities for growth in the coming new year. Here are five things I hope for Christians in 2014.

Phil Robertson vs. Pope Francis On Gays

Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion

As some Christians step up to defend Phil Robertson's stance on homosexuality, one person went even farther, comparing the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's ...

4 Gay Women, 8 Jews and the Pope Walk into a Midlife Crisis...

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Good News
Zachary Dominitz

We're eating Manischewitz-brined turkey with latkes, 11 of us, lighting candles for Hannukah in a mishmash of celebration. There's my father and mother, friends for more than 50 years. My mom's two ex-girlfriends are also here, these women who have known me, and loved me, for decades.