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Brittany Maynard's Mom Blasts Vatican For Anti-Euthanasia Remarks

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early unde...

Vatican Reins In Sale Of Papal Blessings

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

ROME, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Rino Pensa has been making personalized papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a mainstay of his small business creati...

Cardinal Burke Out!

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who championed campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized aborti...

Vatican Official Condemns Brittany Maynard's Assisted Suicide

AP | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's top bioethics official on Tuesday called "reprehensible" the suicide of an American woman suffering terminal brain...

Who Is This Pope Francis And What Does He Really Want For The Church?

Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

Cuba Allows The Building Of First New Catholic Church In 55 Years

The Associated Press | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign...

7 Takeaways From Vatican's Synod On The Family

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) wi...

Five Things the Synod Just Did

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

All in all, the last two weeks have proven a very Jesuit "way of proceeding," as St. Ignatius Loyola would say. It's what we call "discernment," which includes prayer, as well as much discussion, some division and even some debates.

Catholic Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays

AP | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought...

What Will The Synod Really Mean For LGBT Catholics?

Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

Conservative Catholics Strike Back Against Welcoming Gays

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A day after signaling a warmer embrace of gays and lesbians and divorced Catholics, conservative cardinals hit back strongly Tuesda...

Dramatic Shift Towards Gays Proposed At Vatican

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicis...

Cardinal Slams Door Shut On Catholic Church Blessing Same Sex Couples

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A leading Vatican cardinal said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage, wading into a controversy over the is...

Synod On The Family Opens Door To Changes For Divorcees, Not So Much For Gay Marriage

Huffington Post Italy | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family opened today by Pope Francis at the Vatican could bring about important changes regarding the church’s positio...

Another Bishop Is Under Vatican Investigation

AP | Rachel Zoll | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse. Fi...

Pope Francis Urges International Aid To Fight Ebola

AP | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging international assistance to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. Francis also urged the 30,000 people who at...

Former Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuses Put Under House Arrest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominic...

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples, Including Some 'Living In Sin'

AP | FRANCES DEMILIO | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, wit...

Vatican Cricket Team May Need Some Divine Intervention

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A recently formed cricket team from the Vatican may need some divine intervention as it gets ready to take on more experienc...

Pope Francis Warns Against Third World War: 'War Is Madness'

AP | COLLEEN BARRY and LUCA BRUNO | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

REDIPUGLIA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intonin...

Filipinos Urged To 'Take A Selfie With The Pontiff'

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines - In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutout...

Paralyzed Man Risks All To See Pope Francis

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed. On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sal...

Vatican Doctrinal Watchdog Insists He Is Not Misogynist

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Vatican’s guardian of orthodoxy and the force behind Rome’s investigation of American nuns has renewed his criticism of the Leadership C...

These Soccer Stars Are Playing For A Desperately Needed Cause

AP | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) — Diego Maradona and Roberto Baggio were among a host of former soccer stars who played in an interreligious charity match backed by Pope ...