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'Global Financial System Has An Idol Called Money'

AP | GIANFRANCO STARA and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — Pope Francis denounced what he called big business's idolatry of money as he traveled Sunday to one of Italy's poorest regi...

Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet: 'I Have Never Been a Right-Winger'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.

PHOTOS: Pope Prays For Peace With 100,000 In St. Peter's Square

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call fo...

Pope Francis On Syria: Abandon 'Futile Pursuit' Of Military Solution

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged the Group of 20 leaders on Thursday to abandon the "futile pursuit" of a military solution in Syria as the Vat...

Vatican Ramps Up Opposition To Syrian Strikes

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ramping up its opposition to threatened military strikes against Syria as it draws attention to Pope Francis' plan...

The Best (Worst?) (Inappropriate?) Pope Swag in Italy

The GypsyNesters | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City's most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope.

Big Change At The Vatican

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

* Secretary of state known as "deputy pope" * Parolin, like Francis, known for frugal lifestyle * Ends Bertone era marked by ethical, financial ...

Pope Francis On Syria: 'Atrocious Deeds'

AP | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by `'terrible images" of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international com...

How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?

Insider Secrets of Rome

Budget Travel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. Here are some can't-miss tips for making yourself at home in the Eternal City.

Why Canonizing John Paul II Is a Mistake

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, many Roman Catholics were quick to optimism. Some dared to hope for something of a church renaissance, and for relief, perhaps, in the wake of the bitter reign of "God's Rottweiler," Joseph Ratzinger.

The Pope May Be Argentine But 'God Is Brazilian'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

If the Vatican's New Evangelization campaign is to have any chance at revitalizing the faith in Brazil and Latin America it must harness the spirited dynamism of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Anyone considering the news that the current pope, Francis I, has approved John Paul II for sainthood, should also consider that more than anyone, John Paul II had access to information about the full scope of the abuse problem and the greatest power to address it.

Pope Francis' First Encyclical Has Second Author

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than four months after being elected, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday (July 5). But the 82-page “Lu...

Few Milwaukee Abuse Victims Get Large Payouts, Most Get None

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

MILWAUKEE — Clergy sex abuse victims have long accused the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of spending more money on lawyers to protect itself than to ...

Don't Be Nice

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Flanagan

Fraud investigator Harry Markopolos is not a nice guy. He would not give up in his lone pursuit of Bernie Madoff, even when the SEC told him to back off. Wendy Davis wasn't nice when she filibustered for 13 hours to block the passage of a strict anti-abortion bill in Texas.

John Paul II Clears Another Hurdle Towards Sainthood

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis an...

Inferno: Dan Brown Must Burn!

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Janet Tavakoli

One Catholic has been moved to do something about the Vatican's unpleasant facts. He's Pope Francis I, the first Jesuit to rule in the Vatican, and he's in the process of afflicting the comfortable. Life is imitating art.

Vatican Bank Director, Deputy Resign Amid Scandal

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion

ROME — The director of the embattled Vatican bank and his deputy resigned Monday, the latest heads to roll in a broadening finance scandal that ...

Vatican Official Arrested In Alleged Corruption Plot

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The plot involved an armed police escort, a wealthy shipping family and a plan to secretly transport $26 million (20 million euro...

A Sign of Things to Come?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Last week, Pope Francis made a small, but significant, change in three of the Catholic eucharistic prayers, or what is generally known as the "Mass."

Pope Francis: Christians "Cannot Be Anti-Semitic!"

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Speaking this week for the first time as pope to an official delegation of Jewish leaders, Pope Francis spoke out strongly on Catholic-Jewish relation...

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Francis Makes Major Change To Mass | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis approved a change in the Catholic Mass to include prayers referencing St. Joseph, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The additions, whic...

Pope Francis Invites Down Syndrome Teen On Car For A Spin

AP | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life – sort of. Francis invited Alberto di Tullio u...