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Vatican Newspaper: Muhammad Cartoons Pour 'Gasoline On The Fire'

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous” but also con...

The Vatican Fast-Tracked Controversial Spanish Priest's Claims To Sainthood

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's saint-making office has officially given its thumbs up for the Rev. Junipero Serra to be declared a saint — four...

Pope Francis To Meet With Cuban President Raul Castro

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is planning to meet with Cuba’s President Raul Castro on Sunday, May 10, according to, the official Vatican Network. Vatica...

Pope To Elderly Churchgoers: 'I'm A Little Old And A Little Sick'

Reuters | Steve Scherer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

ROME, May 3 (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday asked a group of elderly and sick members of Rome's seaside parish to pray for him because he, too, h...

Pope Francis Doesn't Seem Bothered By Controversy Over Spanish Priest's Upcoming Canonization

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite growing resistance from some Native Americans and U.S. Catholics, the Vatican on Saturday (May 2) will host an event to cel...

Thinking It's A Prank Call, Man Hangs Up On Pope Francis -- Twice

Associated Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Hang up on Pope Francis and you might get a hug. Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano says earlier this week, Francis dialed ...

6 Things To Expect From Pope Francis' Address To Congress

Religion News Service | DAVID GIBSON | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Everyone wants Congress to stop fighting and get working, and that includes Pope Francis, a top adviser said Wednesday (April 29) in ...

VIP Seats At Upcoming Vatican Concert Will Go To The Poor

Associated Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is hosting a charity concert next month with a Franciscan twist: The VIP seats are going to the poor and the elderly. ...

Pope Jokes About Argentine Ego, Calling Himself 'Jesus II'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis can crack a joke, especially when it's at his own expense. On Tuesday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa shared with his 2.1 million ...

This New York Rabbi Just Became A Papal Knight

The Associated Press | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - A Park Avenue synagogue rabbi has received a papal knighthood. Arthur Schneier of the Park East Synagogue was honored Monday for hi...

Climate Change This Week: Forget Flaring, Solar Light Bulbs, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Imagine This Looking Like Arizona: a new study suggests climate change could drama...

Pope Francis and the Growing Movement for Climate Justice

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The pope understands that climate change is a humanitarian crisis that threatens the entire human community, especially the poor and most vulnerable among us. This summer he will release an encyclical -- one of the highest forms of Catholic teachings -- on climate change. It is expected to link protecting the environment to fighting global inequality.

Italian Prosecutors: Terror Suspects May Have Targeted Vatican

AP | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

MILAN (AP) — Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against...

By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 04.23.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.

5 Lessons From The Resignation Of Bishop Robert Finn

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Missouri Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted three years ago for failing to report a priest susp...

Pope Francis Will Visit Cuba Before His Trip To The United States

USA Today via Religion News Service | Jane Onyanga-Omara | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis will visit Cuba before arriving in the United States in September, the Vatican said Wednesday (April 22). The Rev. Federico Lombardi, ...

Philadelphia Prepares For The Monumental Challenge Of Hosting Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Mary Beth McCauley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Advance preparations for the wildly popular Pope Francis, due in Philadelphia five months from now, might rival the miracle of Jesu...

Bishop Who Failed To Report Abuse Resigns

Associated Press | Nicole Winfield | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser...

Pope Condemns 'Continuing Martyrdom' Of Ethiopian Christians Of Libya

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a vide...

Vatican Defends Canonization Of Controversial Evangelizer

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the ...

Conservatives Upset At Pope's 'Green Agenda'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and ...

Pope Francis Urges Action On Migrant Deaths

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, April 19 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, speaking after some 700 migrants were feared dead in the Mediterranean, on Sunday appealed to the i...

Retired Pope Benedict XVI Celebrates 88th Birthday With A Pint

Associated Press | Nicole Winfield | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 88th birthday Thursday with a party and a pint of beer. Photos released by the Vatican...

Argentine Journalist ‘Almost Fainted' After Getting A Cold Call From Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

A journalist from Argentina is on cloud nine after Pope Francis reportedly responded to his open letter with a personal phone call. Alfredo Leuco,...

The Long And Heated Battle Between The Vatican And American Nuns

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The long and often contentious duel between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious came to an abrupt end on Thursday (Apri...