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If Pope Francis Could Perform One Miracle, It Would Be This One

Posted 12.10.2013 | Religion

Every day, people around the world pray for miracles to happen-- including the Pope. Pope Francis recently visited St. Cyril parish to celebrate th...

The 11 Most Stunning Pieces In The Vatican Museum

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

A new book by Anja Grebe celebrates the stunning art collection of the Vatican by featuring every Old Master painting on display. "The Vatican: All Th...

Colbert: Is Pope Francis A Superhero?

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.03.2014 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert's starting to hear rumors that Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican at night in plain clothes to do good. That can only mean one thi...

Seeing Each Person As A Child Of God

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

While many spiritual leaders preach the importance of compassion, Pope Francis gives us all yet another example of what it really looks like to live a...

Mafia May Target Pope Francis, Prosecutor Warns

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis could be at risk from the ‘Ndrangheta organized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who has himse...

WATCH: The Three Phrases All Families Must Say For Happiness And Harmony

Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis gave families a simple guide to happiness in three little phrases as he addressed a crowd in St. Peter's Square after mass on October 13t...

Vatican Cricket Club Takes Interfaith Up To Bat

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican served tea and cucumber sandwiches Tuesday as it launched its first cricket club, an initiative aime...

Vatican Misspells 'Jesus'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.11.2013 | Religion

Whoops! Looks like the Vatican needs spell-check. A medal commissioned to commemorate the pontificate of Pope Francis has been abruptly recalled af...

The Vast Climate Conspiracy

Bob Musil | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green
Bob Musil

Maybe all the renewed hoopla about global climate change is really the product of a few biased, left-wing scientists and Al Gore. Maybe it is a conspiracy carried out inside Priuses and passive solar houses to take over the world. But, Houston, we have a problem.

Vatican Does Damage Control With Pope Francis' Explosive Statements

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has grabbed headlines with his off-the-cuff homilies, crowd-pleasing one-liners and lengthy intervi...

Grant Me the Pope Francis Kool-Aid but Not Yet; Is the New Pope for Real?

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Vatican doctrine still holds that same-sex and marriage and love are sinful. The pontiff has yet to fling "open the door" (to employ the terminology Ratzinger et al used) to the discussion of Women's Ordination.

The Best (Worst?) (Inappropriate?) Pope Swag in Italy

The GypsyNesters | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City's most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope.

God Didn't Really Tell Ex-Pope Benedict To Resign

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI denied that the pontiff resigned as a consequence of a “mystical experience”...

Hi, Pope Francis Calling

HuffPost Italy | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

Stefano Cabizza, 19-year-old engineering student in Padua (northern Italy), gave a letter to a cardinal one day during mass in Castel Gandolfo. The le...

Insider Secrets of Rome

Budget Travel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. Here are some can't-miss tips for making yourself at home in the Eternal City.

LOOK: Pope Puckers Up: Pontiff Blesses Babies

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis beams as he blesses babies and children with a loving kiss on the tops of their tiny heads, though the little ones have more mixed reacti...

Next U.S. Ambassador To The Vatican Is Former Charity Leader

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Mig...

Meet The Catholics Feeling Threatened By Pope Francis

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Francis Revolution is underway. Not everyone is pleased. Four months into his papacy, Francis has called on young Catholics ...

No Porters For This Pope

Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

The Pope is off to Rio for World Youth Day, his first trip abroad as pontiff. However, he doesn't seem to be letting the much-anticipated trip go to h...

I Got Conjured: What I Learned at The Conjuring Premiere

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Shannon Sutherland

When I got the chance to attend the premiere of The Conjuring I jumped at the chance although I was a tad bit nervous that I would embarrass myself by screaming during the scary parts.

Pope Francis Sets New Tone At The Vatican

The New York Times | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — He has criticized the “cult of money” and greed he sees driving the world financial system, reflecting his affinity for liberatio...

To the Faithful: Pilgrimage Travel

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

Where to go when in search of a LGBTQ-friendly higher power? Believe it or not, they are out there, but you have to know where to look, and how to peel away layer upon layer of spin doctoring to get to the fundamental truths.

Pope Francis and the Argentine Rabbi

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

One of the first things Argentinian native Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio did after being elected pope on March 13 was to send a message of friendship to Ro...

'Sex And The City' Star's New Role

Posted 03.14.2013 | TV

"Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis has joined CBS' "Bad Teacher" pilot, Deadline reports. Based on the Cameron Diaz movie of the same name, the...

My Vote for Pope: Father Duty

Robin Gelfenbien | Posted 05.11.2013 | Comedy
Robin Gelfenbien

As the cardinals prepare for the conclave to elect the next pope this week, I would like to recommend a candidate they may have overlooked. Someone I think would be the perfect pope successor. Father Duty.