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Pope To Hold Historic Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church Leader

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a historic step...

Leonardo DiCaprio Greets Pope Francis In Italian

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment

Looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is perhaps seeking a little divine intervention ahead of the 88th annual Academy Awards.   The actor arrived i...

These Lucky Kids Helped Pope Francis Publish A Children's Book

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion

“Dear Pope Francis,” 10-year-old Mohammed begins, “Will the world be again as it was in the past?” Signed “Respe...

Pope Francis Met Apple's Tim Cook At The Vatican Last Week

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis met privately on Friday with Tim Cook, Apple's CEO and a prominent advocate for LGBT rights. The leader of the worldwide Roman Catholic C...

Homeless Woman Welcomed By Pope's Vatican Charity After Giving Birth On A Cardboard Box

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis’ outreach to the homeless with showers, shelters and other services may have its youngest beneficiary — an infant born on a ...

Pope Francis Shared A Powerful Statement On Violence During His First Visit To A Synagogue

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis made his first visit as pontiff to a synagogue on Sunday, where, in a reference to Islamist attacks, he condemned violence in the name o...

Mission Accomplished: El Chapo Recaptured on Eve of Pope Francis' Visit

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.09.2016 | World
R. Andrew Chesnut

In Mexico the apprehension or killing of top drug lords tends to be timed for maximum political advantage. The spectacular recapture of the world's most wanted drug kingpin, El Chapo Guzman, is no different.

Open Eyes Require Open Ears

John Petillo | Posted 01.08.2016 | College
John Petillo

Pope Francis' recent and electrifying U.S. visit was memorable on many levels. But the Pontiff wasn't here to avoid politics or controversy - he had s...

Cartoons, Terrorism, Sexism and Backlash

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.09.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about cartoons and caricatures that riles politicians, religious figures, business fat cats, authorities and people of different stripes?

Pope Fancis's New Interreligious Dialogue of Action

Donald W. Mitchell | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Donald W. Mitchell

Participants agreed that it is not religion per say that causes conflict, but individuals who exploit religion for personal, commercial and political gains. They agreed to return home and pursue the following in the spirit of fraternity.

Pope Francis: Don't Forget To Look For 'Signs Of Love' In The World

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - In the final hours of 2015, Pope Francis is encouraging humanity to hang on to recollections of good deeds, so that gestures of g...

Mother Teresa To Become A Saint

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate who dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will...

Security Concerns For Pope's First Trip To African Continent

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis embarked Wednesday (Nov. 25) on his first trip to Africa, visiting three countries in a papal tour overshadowed ...

Vatican Puts 2 Journalists On Trial For Reporting On Leaks

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement go on trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along wi...

Where to Spend Christmas in Italy

Viator | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Viator

Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you'll enjoy snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard (the nearby Dolomites provide a pretty stunning backdrop) while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.

Reporter Appears For Vatican Summons, But Refuses To Answer

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Italian journalist who is under criminal investigation by the Vatican for publishing a book about scandals at the Holy S...

Journalist Snubs Vatican Magistrates Seeking To Question Him

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One of the Italian journalists whose expose of Vatican mismanagement has made headlines is refusing to appear before Vatica...

Vatican Puts 2 Reporters Under Investigation In Leaks Probe

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Media

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Wednesday it had placed two Italian journalists under investigation in its probe over leaked documents tha...

Pope Francis Expected To Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) A Honduran cardinal who is a top adviser to Pope Francis said he expects the pontiff to travel to Mexico’s border with the U.S. ...

Damn Dams

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There are new, smart solutions to our water problems that don't involve further costly destruction of our natural ecosystems and local communities. Let's not apply 20th century solutions to 21st century problems.

Another Scandal For Vatican As New Books Allege Waste And Excess

The Washington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

The Vatican faced fresh accusations of mismanagement, excess and resistance to change as details from two new books emerged Tuesday, a day after the H...

Vatican Arrests Cleric And Laywoman In Latest Leaks Scandal

Reuters | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

Two members of a commission Pope Francis set up to study reforms, including a high-ranking Holy See official, have been arrested on suspicion of leaki...

Why Nostra Aetate Was A 'Miracle' For Catholic-Jewish Relations

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The president of the World Jewish Congress on Wednesday (Oct. 28) hailed as a “miracle” a Vatican declaration signed 50 years ...

Fifty Years of Interreligious Dialogue--the Way Forward

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.01.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

In this blog post, the second in a series, I want to broaden our perspective. In the years ahead, The Dialogue needs to not only occur between Christians and Jews, but it must include leaders and followers from other religions, especially Muslims.

How the Catholic Church Forever Changed Jewish Life

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

For me, as a rabbi and millennial, the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate's promulgation evokes an odd mixture of upset and profound gratitude.