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Pope Francis Whips Out A Tablet To Kick Off World Youth Day Signups

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himse...

'Bishop Of Bling' To Be Held Accountable For Excesses

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) A German Catholic diocese wants to take episcopal responsibility to a new level by making its disgraced former “bishop of bling&rdqu...

Vatican Bans Italian Journalist From Papal Plane In Retaliation For Leaked Encyclical

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican said Friday (July 24) it has banned an Italian journalist from the papal plane during Pope Francis’ trip to the ...

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.

'Green News Report' - July 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich jumps into the 2016 race - we'll try...

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

Jerry Brown Takes On Climate Change-Denying 'Troglodytes'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday urged a group of 60 mayors to take action in their cities on climate change, warning that global warming i...

Mayors At Vatican Meeting Demand Bold Changes At This Year's UN Climate Talks

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders...

Gay Priest Fired From Chaplain Job Asks Pope To Meet LGBT Catholics In U.S.

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) In May, the Rev. Warren Hall was abruptly dismissed from his position as the popular campus chaplain at Seton Hall University in New Jersey...

Pope Francis Invites Climate Change-Fighting Mayors To The Vatican

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - One city banned Styrofoam. Another has the highest percentage of "clean" cars in Europe. Still another has cut greenhouse gas emi...

Vatican Lends Helipad To Pediatric Hospital

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.19.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's helipad is going to be getting a lot busier, for a good cause. The Vatican on Friday signed an agreement with Rome's...

Pope Francis Is Inviting Mayors From Around The World To Talk About Climate Change

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is keeping up the pressure on world governments to listen to Pope Francis' dual mantras of fighting climate change an...

Vatican Says It Views Iran Deal In A 'Positive Light'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion

World powers announced on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached with Iran to limit the country’s nuclear activity -- and the Vatican w...

Climate Change This Week: The Seafood Connection, Super Solar Chip, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.

What 'Scandalous' Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis began a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on Sunday, where he has focused much of his attention on the church's embrace of ...

Pope Francis, Meet Bolivia's Pachamama

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

As Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia on Wednesday, he’ll encounter a country where indigenous gods and religious beliefs are holding their ground. ...

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...