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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...

Pope Francis Honored As 'Abolitionist Of The Year'

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - An Italian anti-death penalty group has honored Pope Francis with the prize "Abolitionist of the Year" for his strong position against th...

Sisters Of Loretto Divest From Fossil Fuels, Cite Pope's Encyclical

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

The Sisters of Loretto, a Kentucky-based Catholic community, are joining a growing movement of religious groups taking a stand for the environment. T...

Watch Epic Interfaith 'Hallelujah' Performance For Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is due to visit the U.S. for the first time in September, and people are already making gifts and plan...

New Jersey Archbishop Could Be Next To Come Before Vatican Abuse Tribunal

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal&...

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 07.29.2015 | 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...