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It's All So Calculated: Kim Davis and The Pope

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Non-Catholics need to recognize that the "breath of fresh air" pope presides over a misogynist and homophobic hierarchy and is doing little to change that. Catholics need to know that there is one way to make change in the leadership of the church: cash.

Who's the Guy in the White Suit Next to All Those Billionaires?

Michael Winship | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Notwithstanding his encounter with notorious, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, the pope's visit to the United States last week was a success, with millions turning out to get even a glimpse of him. But some had much better views than others.

What Pope Francis Really Said About (Gay) Marriage -- and What He Did Not

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The United States this past June did something that the Catholic Church and the Vatican have for years railed against: granted marriage equality to its gay and lesbian citizens. Yet, Pope Francis had nothing to say about it. Not then and not now.

The Pope's Overlooked Legacy: Reforming The Vatican Bank

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis inherited a Roman Catholic Church in a unique type of crisis, an institution that was widely perceived as out of touch with modernity an...

The Politics of the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The political power of the Pope cannot be ignored. It is a worldwide force to be reckoned with. The new pope, Francis, is making an impact within the Vatican and the Roman Catholic church.

Pope Francis Should Help to End Child Marriage

Robert Walker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Robert Walker

In addition to being a violation of human rights, child marriage is a major contributor to the high fertility rates that prevail in highly impoverished countries like Niger and Afghanistan.

In Search of Cardinal Bernard Law

Phillip Martin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Phillip Martin

When Bernard Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, fled to the Vatican in late 2002, he left behind a trail of human and financial wreckage. The actual number of victims, by some estimates, could be nearly three times the number who settled with the Church in 2003. Meanwhile, Law was assigned a comfortable post in Rome, where he disappeared from the headlines.

Ireland, Gay Marriage and the Church

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Robert E. Murphy

In Ireland nearly every stranger you meet engages you in a bit, or more than a bit, of talk. An oldish priest entered behind me as I asked the receptionist where I might find Father Horgan.

Armenian Genocide Recognition: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Marie Ohanesian Nardin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Marie Ohanesian Nardin

Because of destiny, and an astute decision on my great grandfather's part, my grandfather and his brother survived. Only because of that decision am I here today. Therefore, it's my duty as an Armenian and as an American to tell you this story.

The Vatican Bank's Secret History Of Hiding Mafia Money

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion

Gerald Posner's book God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican chronicles the secret side of the Vatican Bank, the Catholic Church's ...

Pope Francis Hosted Angelina Jolie For 'Unbroken' Screening

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment

On Wednesday, word spread that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt would travel to Vatican City to meet Pope Francis. Universal Pictures has since announced ...

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.

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.

It's Time to Start Ignoring Pope Francis

The Second City Network | Posted 12.16.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

He's supposed to be an old man speaking gibberish (Latin) that late night comedians can use to fill a couple minutes. If a Pope starts talking sense and being all... relevant... to modern times, he won't be funny anymore.

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.

Pope Francis Is the Answer to Church's Prayers

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.

Pope Francis' War Against The Vatican

The Spectator | Damian Thompson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

The first non-European Pope was elected to do one thing: reform the Roman Curia, the pitifully disorganised, corrupt and lazy central machinery of the...

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.

Vatican Urges Muslim Leaders To Condemn The Islamic State's 'Barbarity'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

The unspeakable crimes committed by the Islamic State, a self-identified Sunni militant group formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sha...

Interfaith Soccer Match Brings Top Players Together For Peace

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion

As the world deals with World Cup withdrawal, we can look forward to some of the biggest names in soccer coming together to play a friendly match in t...

Pop Culture - My Pop, That Is

Charlie Carillo | Posted 08.12.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

My father is sitting in his office, leaning back in his chair and staring at the ceiling. This is an office he's just been moved into toward the end...

Catholic Demon-Making

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

As a Catholic myself, I do think that something potentially very dangerous is going on. And the devil is in the details. As much as exorcism might be about casting out demons, it's really about bringing back the priest.

Vatican Bureaucratic Reforms Delayed

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or C...

The Five Facts You Should Know About Sunday's Canonization

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and...

So About That Hawk The Vatican Hired To Protect Those Doves...

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

Has the Vatican enlisted the help of a hawk to protect the pope’s cherished doves? After two of its peace doves were fatally attacked by a seagu...