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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...

What Happened To The Syrian Refugees Rescued By The Pope?

The Guardian | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.26.2016 | Religion

Ramy Alshakarji was still coming to terms with the idea that at last he was safe – he was leaving Lesbos after all, one of 11 refugees rescued by th...

Pope Francis: Rich People Who Exploit The Poor Are 'Bloodsuckers'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis isn't mincing words in his latest denouncement of those who exploit the poor. The pontiff was in his element during a passionate sermon ...

The Pope of 'Hints' Strikes Again

Celia Wexler | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.

Pope Francis To Consider Increased Role For Women In The Church

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has agreed to set up a commission into whether women could serve as deacons, local media reported on Thursday, a potentially historic mov...

Et Tu, Pope Francis: Vatican Betrays Iraqi Christians

Daniel Williams | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Daniel Williams

Pope Francis last month traveled to the island of Lesbos in Greece, visited with Syrian refugees stranded there and then took a dozen of them with him to Rome.

Vatican Radio Interview: Cuba and the USA

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

"If the United States is ready to establish relations with Cuba based on international law, there will be no obstacle to reconciliation between the tw...

Pope Francis Has A Dream

Massimo Faggioli | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Massimo Faggioli

Francis's dream is of "a new European humanism" in which the church plays its role in the religious community, but also promotes dialogue among Christians and people of different faiths.

Faith, Hope and Medical Technology Still Strong in Boston

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Ray Flynn

Sometimes we can be our own worst critics! I can't tell you how often I've heard people say that fewer Catholics attend Church anymore.

Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

Matthew Fox | Posted 04.18.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a childr...

Bernie Sanders And The Invitation Pope Francis Never Sent

Massimo Faggioli | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Massimo Faggioli

A presidential candidate should know what the Vatican is, what role it plays, not only as the fulcrum of the Catholic Church, but also as a state that maintains diplomatic relations on a global scale.

When Bernie Met Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

What makes Sanders' speech special? There is a remarkable convergence between Sanders' criticism of the rapacity of today's global marketplace and Pope Francis'. This should not in itself be surprising.