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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 | World
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: / 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 | World
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 07.11.2016 | 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...

Pope Benedict XVI Makes Rare Public Appearance With Pope Francis

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion

Former pope Benedict made one of his rare public appearances on Tuesday to be feted by his successor Pope Francis, two days after Francis denied repor...

Pope Francis Invites Refugees Onto Vatican Stage

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis gave a group of refugees more VIP treatment than even the VIP's normally get by inviting them up onto the podium with him during his week...

Pope Francis Reminds Catholics Why Judging Others Isn't Christian

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis delivered an important caution to Catholics on Monday: If you judge others, he said during a Mass, be prepared to receive that same measu...

The Will - Notes From a Dive Bar

Alan Black | Posted 06.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A bar napkin, a touch soggy. I leave all my regrets, guilt and anger to this napkin Legally binding A signature, the date, lipstick sealed. An in...

Pope Francis Outlines Strict New Measures For Bishops Who Covered Up Abuse

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion

Bishops found to be "negligent" when dealing with cases of sexual abuse will be investigated and could be removed from office, a papal decree said on ...

Pope: Bishops Found Negligent In Abuse Cases Should Be Removed

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.04.2016 | Religion

Bishops found to be "negligent" when dealing with cases of sexual abuse will be investigated and could be removed from office, a papal decree said on ...

When in Rome

David Ahearn | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
David Ahearn

When the sun rises on Rome a new city is born. Rome leaves behind her nighttime alter ego and becomes a much different city in the daytime. The touris...

Historical Diplomacy and Modern Sensitivities: Taiwan, the US, Japan and India

Sunil Chacko | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
Sunil Chacko

It is hard not to notice in historical paintings and drawings, the characteristic (for South Asians) truncal or central obesity in profound figures wh...