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Pope Francis Leads Thousands In Prayer for Kidnapped Victims Of ISIS

The Associated Press | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in prayer in St. Peter's Square for Christians and others who have been kidnapp...

Pope Francis Rails Against 'Throwaway Culture' Of Globalization

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throwaway culture" of globalization and calling fo...

Vatican's Finance Czar Defends Spending By His Office

Associated Press | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($5...

A Homeless Man Was Buried At A Vatican Cemetery Usually Reserved For Aristocrats

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

A homeless man who used to roam the streets around St. Peter’s Basilica has found his final resting place among bishops. Willy Herteller, an 80-y...

It's A Vatican Whodunit: Who Took The Bishops' Books?

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, sayi...

Pope Francis Gives Vatican's Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor A Big Promotion

The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta. The V...

Pope Francis' Finance Czar Comes Under Intense Scrutiny Over Spending

The Associated Press | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances....

No Room For Decadent 'Princes' In Francis' Vatican

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis is revolutionizing how the Vatican operates, encouraging officials to remain faithful to what they have dedicated their lives to, and to the global Catholic community. If the pope is no more than a king in his church, then there shall be no room for princes.

Vatican Tries To Defuse Anger Over Pope Francis' 'Mexicanization' Comments

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible "Mexicanization...

Italy And Vatican City Are On High Alert After Threats From ISIS

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Italian government is on high alert after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross....

Pope Francis Honors Revered Armenian Mystic And Poet

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a gift of sorts to Armenian Catholics commemorating the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by...

Pope Slips Away From The Vatican To Work On 'Defects'

AP | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is getting away from the Vatican for a few days and taking his advisers along, to work, as he put it, on fixing the "...

Pope Francis Meets With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis on Saturday and, apparently responding to his criticism of a heartless "dictatorship of t...

Pope Francis Calls For Peace In Ukraine

The Associated Press | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for Ukraine's cease-fire to be respected amid fresh reports by the Ukrainian military that separatist re...

Meet Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Pope Francis' Former Secretary Of State

The Huffington Post | Andrea Purgatori | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- “That there is the Casa di Santa Marta, where Pope Francis lives. That down there is the monastery where Pope Ratzinger retired. And...

Pope Francis Observes Ash Wednesday

AP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis walked in a solemn Ash Wednesday procession between churches on Rome's ancient Aventine Hill, calling on people to humbly rem...

LGBT Catholic Group Gets VIP Treatment At Vatican

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion

A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move mem...

Pope's Sex Abuse Point Man Urges Bishop Accountability

AP | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis' point man on clerical sex abuse said Monday the failure of the Catholic Church to punish bishops who covered up for pedophil...

Pope Francis Gives New Cardinals Tough Love: Put Aside Pride, Jealousy And Anger

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately de...

Pope Francis' New Cardinals Come From All Over The World

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One hails from Tonga, where climate change is threatening the very existence of the archipelago. Several live in places tormente...

Pope Francis: 'Not To Have Children Is A Selfish Choice'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than a month after saying Catholics don’t have to multiply “like rabbits,” Pope Francis on Wednesday (Feb. 11) once agai...

Climate Change This Week: Rising Seas, Family Planning Pays, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded. @@ Climate Change: The Elevator Pitch * * * These sea slugs are now invading n...

Pope Francis: A Christian Who Doesn't Protect Creation Doesn't Care About The Work Of God

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) If you are a Christian, protecting the environment is part of your identity, not an ideological option, Pope Francis said Monday (F...

It's A Big Week For Pope Francis At The Vatican

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Feb. 9) began what could be a key week for his reformist papacy, starting with meetings with his hand-picke...

Junipero Serra: Saint Or Sinner?

The Associated Press | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — California's history can't be told without Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan missionary who introduced ...