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Eagles Fans Are Calling On The Pope To Bless Their Quarterback

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.11.2015 | Sports

Philadelphia Eagles fans will be holding their breath and saying their prayers every time Sam Bradford drops back to pass this season, but one group ...

The Pope, a Saint, and a Disabled Goose

Mary Lou Simms | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Mary Lou Simms

Pope Francis is always reminding us of the need to care about nature and the planet. What if he took that message one step further and asked the anglers of the world to stop leaving fishing line and hooks around? What a blessing that would be.

Sometimes, Separation Is Necessary--- Even the Pope Says So

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 07.09.2015 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

Men, women and kids whose lives are turned upside down by unfortunate family circumstances need to be embraced and supported -- not blamed or isolated -- when separation and/or divorce happens. Pope Frances said as much.

The Good China and Other Nice Things You Never Use

Dawn Falcone | Posted 07.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dawn Falcone

Host a fancy dinner party even if you think your current home isn't fancy enough. Put some daisies in that crystal vase. Pour lemonade in your lovely punch bowl at your next BBQ. You don't need a special occasion to use your special stuff. Pull out that china and those linen napkins for your next family movie night. Turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Pope: 'Great Powers' Did Nothing When Jews Were Taken To Auschwitz

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday denounced what he calls the "great powers" of the world for failing to act ...

Il Papa vs. My Fathers: What The Pope Doesn't Understand About Child Abuse

Buster Ross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Buster Ross

Pope Francis says children need heterosexual parents. Daddy Francis, if you're reading this: The gay men in my life have been some of the most nurturing and supportive parents imaginable.

Can Pope Francis Help Avoid a 'Third World War'?

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- The pope is very outspoken against contemporary Christian persecutions, which he claims are worse than during antiquity. But the Holy See is also careful not to start some religious wars and asks all religious leaders to clearly condemn any use of violence in the name of God.

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."

No Room For Decadent 'Princes' In Francis' Vatican

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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 | 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 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.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 03.24.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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.