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Take A Tour Of The Vatican's Erotic Gay Art

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.05.2015 | Religion

Here's your chance to have a gay old time at quite the unexpected location -- the Vatican. A new tour from the LGBT-friendly travel company Quikky ...

Pope Francis Prepares For Grueling Trip To Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a gru...

The Vatican Releases Pope Francis' Schedule For U.S. Trip

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, June 30 (Reuters) - Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, the first pope to do so, on his much anticipated S...

Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Church's Persecution Of Waldensians

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny...

Vatican Signs Treaty With State Of Palestine

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would hel...

Gay Catholics Will Be Silenced During Pope Francis' U.S. Trip

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack C...

The Pope, the Animals and the Earth: The Vatican Says, Stop Exploiting; Do Something!

Julia Orr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.

Pope Francis Prays In Front Of The Shroud Of Turin

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin has captivated thousands of Christians over centuries, some of whom believe it covered Jesus Christ during his burial -- and on Su...

Pope Francis Says Weapons Manufacturers Can't Call Themselves Christians

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis...

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Lays Out Moral Case For Saving The Planet | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling c...

The GOP Needs A War On Christianity

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

It is a common and hyperbolic refrain that Democrats have been (and still are) the anti-religion party. Now, however, Republicans may be running into religion problems of their own as evangelical and Roman Catholics become more engaged with issues such as poverty and climate change.

Will Pope Francis Challenge Climate Change Skeptics In The U.S.?

Reuters | By Mary Wisniewski | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - Some U.S. scientists are expressing hope that Pope Francis' encyclical on global warming embracing the view that it is ...

From Hunger to Climate Change: Transform Words into Action, Says Pope Francis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

The challenges the world faces today are sometimes so big and so many that they can scare us into inaction or nudge us into looking only at our immediate surroundings or our immediate needs. We need to resist the temptation to do both.

Vatican Seeks Answers After Encyclical Leak

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - There's something of a whodunit going on in the Vatican to discover who leaked Pope Francis' environment encyclical to an Italian ...

The Extraordinary Exorcism of Mexico

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Christian exorcism has become so popular worldwide that now it's not only performed on tormented individuals but also on entire nations.

Vatican Orders Former Dominican Republic Archbishop To Stand Trial

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an unprecedented move, the Vatican on Monday (June 15) announced its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolows...

Draft Of Pope's Enyclical Says Humans Are Causing Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

A draft of Pope Francis’ long-awaited encyclical on the environment has leaked just days before the Vatican was set to release it to the world. L...

Pope Francis Is Ready To Rumble In Epic Superhero Trailer On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment has been called everything from an “anticapitalist revolution” to an “explosive intervention” th...

Pope Francis To Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter Steps From Vatican Walls

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will open a homeless shelter on the edge of Vatican City, the latest move by the pontiff to help poor people in Rome. ...

Santorum's Political Theology of Climate Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Former Pennsylvania Senator and recurring presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, as a devoted Catholic, recently publicly sparred with the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Pope Francis' New Tribunal Will Hold Bishops Accountable For Covering Up Sex Abuse

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis took the biggest step yet to crack down on bishops who cover up for priests who rape and molest children, creating ...

Why We Are At The Vatican

Rev. Traci Blackmoon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Traci Blackmoon

We want to welcome Pope Francis' voice into the clarion call, affirming black, brown and all the lives of the marginalized matter, by calling us all to see in one another's faces, our shared reflection of the Divine.

Pope Francis: 'Send Me Good Vibrations'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has asked reporters who don't pray to at least send him "good vibrations". The pope always asks people to pray for him but he put a ne...

Pope Francis Urges Bosnians To Work For Peace, Reconciliation

AP | AIDA CERKEZ and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Pope Francis heard about the horrors of Bosnia's fratricidal war of the 1990s and its slow process of healing Sa...

Vatican Treasures To Go On Display In Philadelphia

AP | SHARON JOHNSON | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors coming to Philadelphia to see the pope this September will also be able to view treasured art from the Vatican. "Vatic...