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Mother Teresa Is Finally Going To Be A Saint, Maybe

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

Mother Teresa may be canonized next year, according to one top Catholic Church authority. But that's just a hypothesis, according to another. Itali...

Pope Francis To Bishops: Act More Like Pastors And Stop Ordering People Around

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful wh...

Beatification Of Oscar Romero Signals New Understanding Of Martyr

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The upcoming beatification of El Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero is doing more than just giving Latin America its long-awaited sa...

Pope Francis To Answer Bosnian Man's Prayers

AP | Eldar Emric | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion

ILICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - On June 6, the Pope will answer the prayers of a humble Bosnian mail man and pigeon breeder. From the steps of Bos...

US Nuns Say Vatican Probe Cleared Up Confusion, Reinforced Their Mission

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The controversial Vatican probe of American nuns that abruptly ended last month looked from the outside like a tense standoff between Rome and t...

Pope Francis Canonizes Palestinian Nuns Days After Recognizing State Of Palestine

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, May 17 (Reuters) - Pope Francis named two Palestinian women as saints on Sunday, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after...

Pope Francis Calls Palestinian Leader An 'Angel Of Peace'

AP | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that und...

Week to Week News Quiz for 5/15/15

John Zipperer | Posted 05.15.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

The thrill might be gone, now that B.B. King has passed away. Take our latest Week to Week news quiz and find out what else happened this week. Here ...

How Italians Are Carrying Out Pope's Vision To Serve Refugees

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion

CATANIA, Italy (RNS) Sitting outside the central train station here in eastern Sicily, a 16-year-old who would only give his name as “Simon” hunch...

Inspiring Us All: Pope Francis' Moral Leadership on Climate

Tom Steyer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Tom Steyer

The leader of the Catholic Church has emerged as an outspoken advocate for action on climate, reminding the world's estimated 1.2 billion Catholics -- and so many others -- that we have a moral and spiritual obligation.

Why The Vatican's Recognition Of A Palestinian State Comes As No Great Surprise

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

The Vatican made headlines around the world Wednesday by announcing that it has finalized an agreement with the Palestinian state on Catholic Church a...

"A Sign Of Hope": Pope Francis Is Making Saints Out Of Two Palestinian Nuns

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on Sunday (May 17), a move that’s being seen as giving hope to the con...

Vatican Recognizes Palestinian State In New Treaty

AP | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire a...

Pope Francis Explains To Children How War Profiteers Never Want Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis did not mince words when he told a group of children gathered at the Vatican that some people will never want peace because they profit o...

Climate Change This Week: Cloudy Problems, Solar Charity and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Why Pope Francis Isn't a Liberal Reformer

Dennis Earl | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Dennis Earl

It's been quite the honeymoon. Not too long after Pope Francis succeeded Benedict XVI in March 2013 to become the new head of the Vatican, reporters, pundits and even comedians began to sing his praises. Why, exactly?

You Can Now Read 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' In An Ancient Language

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Monsignor Daniel B. Gallagher has faced a number of linguistic challenges as the man responsible for translating Pope Francis’ Tw...

Pope Francis Blesses Photo Of Maryland Sisters Killed In Fire

The Associated Press | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Pope Francis has blessed the photo of sisters killed in a fire with their cousins and grandparents at an Annapolis mansion. T...

'A Poor Church For The Poor'

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's rehabilitation of liberation theology is continuing under Pope Francis with the movement's founder appearing at an o...

Pope Francis Meets Harlem Globetrotters And It Is Predictably Awesome

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is officially a baller -- and he has his very own basketball jersey to prove it. The pontiff met with Harlem Globetrotters in St. Pete...

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 News.va, 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...