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Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

This Bosnian Muslim Family Is Hand Carving A Special Chair For Pope Francis

The Associated Press | AMEL EMRIC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion

ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carv...

Researchers Can Actually Measure The 'Pope Francis Effect'

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. yet, a trip that is planned for Sept...

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."

Pope Meets Relatives Of Britons Slain By ISIS

Associated Press | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Relatives of two British hostages killed by the Islamic State group met Wednesday with Pope Francis as part of efforts to unite pe...

Vatican Announces Another Inspiring Initiative For Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion

The Vatican is extending another welcoming hand to Rome's homeless population. On Thursday, 150 homeless people will venture beyond the steps of St...

The Story Of How Pope Francis Got Pizza Delivered To The Popemobile

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis’ pie-in-the-sky dreams have come true. After revealing earlier this month that he missed being able to grab a slice of pizza in peac...

Questioning Authority in the School of Athens

Meia Chita-Tegmark | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Meia Chita-Tegmark

On a recent trip to Rome, I was walking through the halls of the Vatican museums and after entering one of the Raphael rooms, I turned my head to discover, to my amazement, my favorite fresco: The School of Athens.

Vatican Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was accused of sexually harassing several men in a scandal that exploded on the eve of the 2013 conclave ...

Pope Will Break Bread With Gay, Transgender Inmates

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis pays a visit to Naples this Saturday (March 21) he will have lunch with some 90 inmates at a local prison, a contingent that w...

Pope Francis Walks The Walk And Talks The Talk

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

Since Pope Francis began his tenure as the leader of the Catholic Church two years ago, he's made a name for himself with his modest lifestyle and fea...

Will Pope Francis Make Room For Women In The Catholic Church?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis' two-year tenure has been marked by progressive change of tone on some social issues, gender parity does not yet seem to be a prior...

Pope To Address UN General Assembly In September

Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations is announcing that Pope Francis will address the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Sept. 25 du...

Holocaust-Denying Bishop Plans Consecration Without Pope's Consent

Associated Press | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A Holocaust-denying Catholic bishop who made headlines in 2009 when Pope Benedict XVI rehabilitated him and members of his breakaw...

Pope Francis' Holy Year For Mercy

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful m...

Pope Francis Says His Time As Pope Will Be Short, Misses Pizza

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would b...

3 Ways Pope Francis Surprised And Disappointed Us At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

Two years ago today, on the night of Pope Francis' election, he stepped out onto a balcony overlooking a packed St. Peter’s Square. Since then, the ...

Pope Announces Jubilee Year

The Associated Press | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won't be pope for long - and b...

Pope Francis and St. Patrick Remembered This Week

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

With the second anniversary of Pope Francis on March 13, I was thinking about how one person has been able to inspire and unite so many people in such a short time, but not without some controversy. His early comment, "who am I to judge", certainly got it all going. This reminded me about the life of St. Patrick and the tolerance of the Irish.

Pope Francis Acknowledges Security Threats -- And Has Just One Request For God

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

Although Vatican officials have acknowledged that the Islamic State group is a real threat to Pope Francis, the Catholic leader says he’s leaving hi...

Will Pope Francis' Reforms Outlive Him?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Can the Roman Catholic Church change? And if so, how? And what’s on the table — traditions, rites, doctrine, none of the above?...

Vatican Official Gives A Sneak Peek At Pope's Major Edict On Climate Change

Associated Press | Rachel Zoll | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of ...

3 Ways The Pope Could Succeed In Changing The Church

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on Friday (Marc...

Pope Francis Criticized For Church's Stance On Women

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis paid tribute to International Women's Day during his address Sunday -- the same day the Vatican opened its doors for an "open and frank" ...

Vatican Receives Ransom Demand For Stolen Artifacts

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

The Vatican said on Sunday it had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo that were...