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Security Concerns For Pope's First Trip To African Continent

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis embarked Wednesday (Nov. 25) on his first trip to Africa, visiting three countries in a papal tour overshadowed ...

Vatican Puts 2 Journalists On Trial For Reporting On Leaks

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement go on trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along wi...

Where to Spend Christmas in Italy

Viator | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel

Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you'll enjoy snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard (the nearby Dolomites provide a pretty stunning backdrop) while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.

Reporter Appears For Vatican Summons, But Refuses To Answer

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian journalist who is under criminal investigation by the Vatican for publishing a book about scandals at the Holy S...

Journalist Snubs Vatican Magistrates Seeking To Question Him

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One of the Italian journalists whose expose of Vatican mismanagement has made headlines is refusing to appear before Vatica...

Vatican Puts 2 Reporters Under Investigation In Leaks Probe

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Wednesday it had placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents tha...

Pope Francis Expected To Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A Honduran cardinal who is a top adviser to Pope Francis said he expects the pontiff to travel to Mexico’s border with the U.S. ...

Damn Dams

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There are new, smart solutions to our water problems that don't involve further costly destruction of our natural ecosystems and local communities. Let's not apply 20th century solutions to 21st century problems.

Another Scandal For Vatican As New Books Allege Waste And Excess

The Washington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

The Vatican faced fresh accusations of mismanagement, excess and resistance to change as details from two new books emerged Tuesday, a day after the H...

Vatican Arrests Cleric And Laywoman In Latest Leaks Scandal

Reuters | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

Two members of a commission Pope Francis set up to study reforms, including a high-ranking Holy See official, have been arrested on suspicion of leaki...

Why Nostra Aetate Was A 'Miracle' For Catholic-Jewish Relations

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The president of the World Jewish Congress on Wednesday (Oct. 28) hailed as a “miracle” a Vatican declaration signed 50 years ...

Fifty Years of Interreligious Dialogue--the Way Forward

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.01.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

In this blog post, the second in a series, I want to broaden our perspective. In the years ahead, The Dialogue needs to not only occur between Christians and Jews, but it must include leaders and followers from other religions, especially Muslims.

How the Catholic Church Forever Changed Jewish Life

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

For me, as a rabbi and millennial, the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate's promulgation evokes an odd mixture of upset and profound gratitude.

Pope Marks 50 Years Of Close Catholic-Jewish Relations With Call For More Interfaith Friendships

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 50th anniversary of the turning point in the Catholic Church's relations with Jews and people of oth...

Pope Francis Slams Bishops With Closed Hearts And Heads In Sand

Reuters | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion


What Is Nostra Aetate And What Does It Have To Do With Catholic-Jewish Relations?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.24.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Fifty years ago Wednesday (Oct. 28), the Vatican issued a declaration that established a new rapport between Jews and Catholics. On the eve of ...

Vatican Denies Report That Pope Francis Has A Brain Tumor

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Oct. 21) categorically denied a story from an Italian news agency that Pope Francis has been diagnosed wi...

Pope Francis Pays Surprise Visit To Homeless Shelter In Rome

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to a new homeless shelter just outside Vatican City, the pontiff’s latest move to draw...

Priest Stripped Of Duties After Reports He Fathered A Child

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Polish priest has been stripped of his duties after reportedly fathering a child with a woman he met while working as spokesman ...

Vatican Downplays Letter From Conservative Bishops To Pope

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican spokesman on Tuesday denounced the leak of a private letter to Pope Francis by conservative cardinals complaining abo...

Secret Letter Allegedly Sent To Pope Francis By Conservative Cardinals Fuels Speculations At Vatican Synod

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Tensions already roiling a high-level Vatican summit spilled into the open on Monday (Oct. 12) with the publication of a letter all...

Vatican Homeless Shelter Opens Its Doors To Dozens Of Men

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican has opened its own homeless shelter that can host up to 34 men a night just steps from St. Peter's Square. Pope Franc...

Pope's Visit Didn't Do Much To Change Americans' Opinion Of Him

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.11.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis’ first U.S. visit gave his already-high favorability ratings only a modest bounce with most Americans — and no bounce ...

Did Women Just Get One Step Closer To Priesthood In The Catholic Church?

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The most controversial proposal floated so far at the high-level, high-stakes Vatican summit on church teachings on the family had nothing to do...

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.