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Pope Francis Urges Priests To Call Out The Exorcists

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 03.20.2017 | Religion

Seems like that kind of time. Pope Francis has called on priests to contact “exorcists” when their parishioners are facing spiritual crises linked...

Steve Bannon Cardinal Pal Denies Guam Post Is Punishment From Pope

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion

An arch-conservative American cardinal has denied that his sudden posting to Guam is a punishment from Pope Francis for a satirical publication releas...

Pope Francis Targeted In Fake News Attack At The Vatican

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 02.12.2017 | Religion

Even Pope Francis isn’t immune from fake news. He was mocked last week in a spoof interview printed on a fake front page that looked like it came fr...

Vatican Issues First Comments On Trump's Immigration Ban

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion

The Vatican said on Wednesday it was worried about U.S. President Donald Trump’s moves on immigration, in the Holy See’s first comment since his e...

McDonald's Opens Up Steps Away From The Vatican

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion

McDonald’s has opened a franchise just steps away from the gleaming white marble dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, giving indigestion to some cardinal...

The Vatican Bureaucracy Is Resisting Reforms And Pope Francis Is Not Happy

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis decried “malevolent” internal resistance to his campaign to reform the Vatican bureaucracy on Thursday and said lay men and women sho...

Pope Francis: Refugees are our Brothers and Sisters

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
Pawel Adamowicz

For today and tomorrow the pope invited city mayors to Vatican for the summit "Europe: Refugees Are Our Brothers and Sisters". I am honored that Gdans...

The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion

The Vatican has reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries. In a document entitled “The Gift of the Priestly ...

Francis Denounces 'Epidemic Of Animosity' Toward Minorities

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.19.2016 | Religion

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in soci...

Vatican Mediation In Venezuela Changes Political Equation For Washington

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

The Vatican's participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region.

Miracles and Why We're Reluctant to Own Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

A miracle suggests divine intervention in human affairs. Many of us tend to think that believing in miracles is unscientific. But it is science that h...

Road Testing the Rick Steves Audio Europe app

Rick Steves | Posted 10.17.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Photo: thetravelphile.com / facebook.com/thetravelphile As museums get more and more crowded, the value of the free audio tours on our Rick Steves Aud...

Pope Says Murdered French Priest Is A 'Martyr' On The Road To Sainthood

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis said on Wednesday the French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July was a martyr, and indicated that Father Ja...

The Catholic Church Is Taking A Big Step To Curb Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.13.2016 | Religion

A commission established to advise Pope Francis on preventing sex abuse in the church released a report on Monday outlining new measures it hopes will...

Mother Teresa Canonized "St. Teresa of Calcutta" By Pope Francis, She Lives!

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 09.06.2016 | Home
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Vatican City. September 5. Lights, Cameras, Action. Reporting live from St. Peter's Square on the inaugural Feast Day of the newly canonized Santa Teresa Di Calcutta. Surrounded by tens of thousands of pilgrims from every nation, religion and political party, reflecting the people Mother Teresa cared for with compassion and a clear mission.

Pope Urges Faithful To Save Planet From 'Debris, Desolation And Filth'

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis called on Thursday for concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change, renewing a fierce attack on consumerism and...

Vatican's new sex education guidelines sell women short

Celia Wexler | Posted 09.25.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

It may come as a surprise to some that the Vatican now is undertaking sex education. And it turns out there is more to its just released sex education...

Pope Leads Thousands In Praying The Rosary For Italy Earthquake Victims

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.24.2016 | Religion

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Italy early Wednesday, leaving more than a hundred people dead and thousands more displaced. As the death toll climb...

15 Of Pope Francis's Most Heart-Melting Instagram Posts That Are Worth The 'Like'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion

Just five months after joining Instagram, Pope Francis has amassed some 3 million followers and counting. The pontiff’s account, @franciscus, shares...

Pope Achieves Modern Miracle By Finding An Empty Seat On Public Transit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion

Sometimes, Pope Francis seems larger than life. Other times, he seems like an average guy riding public transit. Pope Francis is in Poland celebratin...

The Pope (Yawn) Names a Woman to Vatican PR Job

Celia Wexler | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

I suppose I should be all excited that the Pope has replaced his clerical spokesman, now retiring, with two laypeople. His deputy spokesperson is, o...

Vatican Selects Former Fox News Reporter As New Spokesman

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

The Vatican named former Fox News reporter Greg Burke as its new spokesman on Monday, the first time a U.S. citizen has been entrusted with leading th...

What Pope Francis Has To Say To Ultraconservatives In The Church

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has won the hearts of many Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but not all those in the Vatican are as enamored with their Holy Father. Th...

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A 'Gay Lobby' At The Vatican

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion

Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence deci...

'Pope Of Late-Night' Stephen Colbert Apologizes On The Church's Behalf

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has been known to drop some serious bombshells during on-flight interviews, and he did just that on Sunday by declaring that the Catholic...