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Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

Despite Colorful Language on Rabbits, It's More of the Same From the Vatican

Françoise Girard | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Françoise Girard

Pope Francis's championing of anti-poverty measures is encouraging and much needed. Yet it is hard to see how without improving access to family planning and reproductive health services, women can realize their aspirations for a better life.

President Obama Name-Drops Pope Francis During SOTU

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a cameo appearance during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. While outlining America's rappr...

Vatican Downplays Reports Of Terror Threat

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly...

Doctors vs. Doctrine: Where Does Religion End and Medicine Begin?

Patricia Miller | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Patricia Miller

Many OB/GYNs only have admitting privileges at one hospital. Insurance companies increasingly are limiting patients' choice of hospitals. In rural areas, there is often only one hospital. That means more women are at risk of having their medical care decided by bishops, not doctors.

Pope Picks New Cardinals From Unusual Places

AP | By FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tong...

Pope Calls For Freedom In 2015

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human traff...

Nearly 6 Million People Traveled To The Vatican To See Pope Francis In 2014

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

If you need more proof of Pope Francis’ rock star status, look no further than this report from Rome. Faithful Catholics had the chance to see P...

Pope Francis' Most Iconic Photos Of 2014

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion

2014 was a busy year for Pope Francis. In between general audiences and church events, Pope Francis stepped into his role as global peace-maker and ma...

St. John Paul II's Would-Be Assassin Expelled From Italy After Visiting Former Pope's Tomb

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who tried to assassinate St. John Paul II in 1981, was expelled from Italy on Monday (Dec. 29) after paying a v...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, a world facing crises on many fronts rang in Christmas. Though this is traditionally a season of good cheer, in his holiday address at the Vatican, Pope Francis showed it could also be a time of sober reflection. The often good-humored pontiff delivered a somber message of concern for abused children, refugees, and victims of violence and war. The speech was similar in tone to his annual message to the cardinals, bishops, and priests who run the Vatican, delivered earlier in the week, in which the Pope decried 15 "ailments of the Curia." These included "careerism and opportunism," "social exhibitionism," and "spiritual Alzheimer's," seen in those who "become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands." His words stand as a worthy challenge to us all to combat indifference and tap into the better angels of our nature -- no matter what religious tradition you may follow (including none at all).

Vatican Frees Woman Who Bared Breasts In St. Peter's Square On Christmas

AP | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the sta...

The Vatican's Spectacular Christmas Stamps

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.25.2014 | Religion

It's easy to forget that while Pope Francis is a renowned religious leader, he's also the ruler of the world's tiniest independent state. Vatican C...

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...

5 Of The Harshest Things Pope Francis Has Said To Vatican Curia

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

For the second year running, Pope Francis delivered what sounded like a not so Christmas-y Christmas message to Vatican Curia. In his 2014 Christmas g...

Pope Delivers Blistering Christmas Message To Vatican Curia

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Francis issued a blisterin...

Pope Francis Hopes Rome Hosts 2024 Summer Olympics, With A Caveat

The Associated Press | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some e...

Viva Estados Unidos

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

While Pope Francis is being credited with orchestrating the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, the roots of the delicate agreement stretch to the last...

8 Quotes In Honor Of Pope Francis' 78th Birthday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated his 78th birthday on December 17. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936 to Italian immigrants who had made a home in ...

Hundreds Tango At The Vatican For Pope Francis' Flashmob Birthday Surprise

The Associated Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of...

The Vatican Vs. The Nuns: 3 Takeaways From Tuesday's Report

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The moment was more “Kumbaya” than “Come to Jesus” on Tuesday (Dec. 16) as the Vatican released the much-anticipated results of an inves...

Vatican Ends Six-Year Investigation On U.S. Nuns

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican ended a six-year inquiry into U.S. nuns with a report designed to bury their differences and celebrate their contributi...

Vatican To Open Pope's Farm To Public In 2015

AP | DANIELA BERRETTA | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis is opening the doors to an earthly paradise: the working farm at the papal summer residence here that pro...

Apostolic Visitation Report Suggests Challenges, Hope for Nuns

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The church's challenge now is to deal with the hurt that erupted when the church's call for visitations seemed to disregard what tens of thousands of nuns accomplished both in the past and today.