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Pope Francis Holds 'Virtual Audience' With ABC's David Muir Ahead Of U.S. Visit

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Media

ABC's David Muir moderated a first-of-its-kind discussion this week between Pope Francis and several people scattered across the U.S. who we...

Pope Francis Delivers His First Message To The United States

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis held a virtual audience with Americans in three U.S. cities on Monday, just weeks ahead of his first visit to the country ...

Pope's Letter To Gay Children's Book Author 'Uses The Language Of Respect'

HuffPost Italy | Laura Eduati | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion

  The Vatican issued a statement on Friday reiterating the church's stance against same-sex relationships and gender fluidity after news broke tha...

What 4 Top Catholic Archbishops Expect From The Pope's Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA -- With just weeks to go until Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States, several of the top leaders of the American C...

Pope Francis Gives Blessing To Author Of Gay Children's Book

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis sent a blessing to the author of a children's book that has been censored in Italy due to its same-sex themes.  Francesca Pard...

35 Of Pope Francis's Most Prophetic Statements

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Catholic Church with his humble lifestyle and direct and often challenging commentary on world affairs a...

Why This Mom Hopes Pope Francis Can Help Get Her Son Off Death Row

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero'...

Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."

Vatican Supports Naming Square After Excommunicated Church Reformer (Martin Luther)

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope n...

How Can So Many Catholics Not Know Pope Francis Is Coming?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans are gung-ho for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit — if they know he’s coming. They really, really like him, too, particularl...

Pope Francis Quiz: 19 Questions To Test Your Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States in September, and his Mass in Philadelphia is expected to draw upwards of a milli...

Donald Trump To Pope Francis: 'ISIS Wants To Get You'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment

If he had the chance to meet Pope Francis, Donald Trump says he would use the opportunity to deliver the pontiff a warning.   "I'd say, 'ISIS wa...

Pope Francis Denounces Labor Markets That Put Profit Over People

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing a global labor market that is interested only in profit and warning that unemployment causes enor...

New Jersey Brewery To Release Special Beer In Honor Of Pope Visit

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month. Ca...

The 'Cultural Chasm' Between American Nuns And Vatican Is Closing

Global Sisters Report | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion

 The story was first published on Global Sisters Report. The controversial investigations of U.S. women religious by the Vatican — and resu...

One Catch In Pope's Climate Push: U.S. Catholic Oil Investments

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate ...

Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal...

Vatican: Jewish Extremist Poses Threat To Holy Land Christians

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The church body authorized by the Vatican to oversee the Catholic Church’s property in Israel has asked Israel’s attorney...

Why Pope Francis's U.S. Visit Poses A Challenge To Congress

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (AP) - A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking...

One Of Pope Francis's Top U.S. Allies To Become Vatican Delegate

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis is set to name Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, viewed as one of his top allies in the American hierarchy, as a special delegate t...

Pope Francis Learned The Secret Of Joy From A Sweet Grandma With 'Shining Eyes'

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says when he wanted to know the secret of being joyful he asked a "tiny granny with shining eyes" and got an un...

The Green Populist Pope and LGBT People

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

In our modern world has the Supreme Court one upped all Catholicism, by showing more reason, compassion and understanding of gays? Has the Supreme Court taken the place of the Church, exhibiting more humanity than she?

Vatican Scientist Thinks Aliens May Exist -- But Not An Alien Jesus

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion

 NASA scientists are getting closer to determining whether there is life on other planets -- and the enthusiasm about aliens has spread to the Va...

Extreme Measures Americans Are Already Taking Before Pope Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.02.2015 | Religion

The U.S. will host Pope Francis September 22-27, and Americans and papal tourists are taking some extreme and creative measures in preparat...

Philadelphia In A State Of Panic As Pope Visit Nears

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.01.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've be...