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Climate Change This Week: The Flood Connection, A Clean Energy Superpower, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
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Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When Peruvian Amazon forests disappear, so does this insect, and webs of amazing be...

Pope Francis Reminds Everyone That The Catholic Church Is Against Gay Marriage

Reuters | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.04.2015 | Religion

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Vatican Fires Gay Priest On Eve Of Synod

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 10.03.2015 | Religion

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Before Meeting Kim Davis, Pope Met With A Longtime Gay Friend In Washington

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.03.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis privately met with a gay couple last week while visiting Washington, D.C., according to several news reports Friday. Yayo Grassi, an ope...

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

How the Outrage Over the Pope's Kim Davis Meeting May Have Paid Off in a Big Way

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The pope, according to the Vatican's clarification, knew little of the particulars of her story. It appears it was not a private meeting to endorse her. A Vatican spokesman even described it as not "a real audience" -- quite an insult to Davis -- unlike some of the pope's other meetings.

Vatican: Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis 'Not A Form Of Support'

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion

 VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Friday that Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to...

Why Did Pope Francis Meet With County Clerk Kim Davis?

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

In meeting with a lightning-rod figure who has been embraced by two of the most conservative Republican candidates for president, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, the Pope of Inclusiveness has alienated many who were just starting to feel more included in the Church.

How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

After first refusing to confirm or deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis's attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." We don't yet know all the details of how the meeting came to pass, but the optics of it are bad no matter what. This simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. He's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear on homosexuality.

Kim Davis, Pope Francis and Papalphilia!

James Peron | Posted 09.30.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

What is true for Papal economic policy is just as true for Papal social policy -- it has not the remotest contact with reality as it actually exists.

Pope Makes Suprise Stop To Bless Statue Of Catholic-Jewish Unity

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis made a surprise stop at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on Sunday to bless a statue that celebrates the Vatican's tie...

Pope Francis Rocks!

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 09.27.2015 | New York
Adriana Aristizábal

Whether Pope Francis was addressing the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, or making speeches on difficult global issues like immigration, refugees, climate change, and war or visiting students, memorials, or joining with thousands of families at public events, his genuine voice and his presence was heard in America this week.

Pope's Message On Religious Freedom At Independence Mall (Full Transcript)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed a group of immigrants and Hispanic Americans at Philadelphia's Independence Mall on Saturday, delivering a powerful message on ...

Pope Francis' Mass At Madison Square Garden (Full Transcript)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion

As released by the Vatican. We are in Madison Square Garden, a place synonymous with this city. This is the site of important athletic, artistic and m...

Who Is Pope Francis? Insights On The Remarkable Pontiff

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Who is Pope Francis? A reformer? A radical? A revolutionary? He has been called all of these things since he was the surprise choice of th...

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Pope Francis From A Jewish Perspective

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Greenblatt

As we have seen, Pope Francis is not just paying lip service to those reforms - he is embracing them wholeheartedly. And yet, there is still work to be done.

Francis Fails on One Huge Issue

Martha Burk | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.

7 Issues That Pope Francis Has Prioritized During His Papacy

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis is widely viewed as the “pope of change.” But just how is he changing the Catholic Church — and today’s wor...

How Will Pope Francis Change America?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Morality, in the American political context, is almost universally thought of as consisting principally of the range of sexual issues. In contrast, morality, for Pope Francis, is much more encompassing. It includes the ways in which strangers are welcomed, the climate is repaired, and money, markets, and capital are put in proper perspective.

Pope Francis Praises U.S.-Cuba Detente As Model For World

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Bara...

How A Shy Bishop Bergoglio Became Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion

When the name "Jorge Bergoglio" was called out in March 2013 to announce the new pope, the wider world knew little about the Argentinian Jesuit bisho...

50 Prison Inmates Receive Private Tour Of Vatican Museums

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fifty inmates from a Rome jail were given a private tour of the Vatican Museums on Sunday (Sept. 13), setting the tone for Pope Fr...

7 Captivating Photos Of Pope Francis You Haven't Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion

Since his election to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has become an icon. Photographs of the pontiff in his plain white cassock and zucchetto a...

Pope Francis Endorses The Iran Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Vatican endorsed the Iran nuclear accord Monday as a positive step towards its broader goal of a world free of nuclear weapons...