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Vatican Recognizes Exorcist Association

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal. The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorc...

Catholics Reject Church Teachings on Sex

Martin Marty | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

One hopes for fresh approaches after the bishops have "consulted the faithful" in matters of doctrine and practice. No one will envy them in their efforts to revisit -- or revise? -- the Church's teachings.

Pope Francis: Communists Are Closet Christians

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that commun...

Vatican Ex-Ambassador Convicted Of Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defroc...

LinkedIn: The Magical Pathway to Success

John Blumenthal | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I must say LinkedIn exceeded all my expectations. What an amazing site! It makes you wonder why there is any unemployment in this country. I haven't accepted any of the 200 offers I've received yet, but I'm confident a perfect one will come along soon.

Karachi Airport Attack Plummets the State Further Into Embroilment

Mariam Khan | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

At that moment, little did I know that in my part of the world too, history was being written. Local news channels were blaring with "breaking news" tickers. No, this time around news did not deal with the money laundering case.

Cardinal Is Working Harder Than Ever A Year After Fainting During Mass

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The day before a newly elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was cele...

Pope Francis: A Man of Few and Simple Words

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

I'm not a big fan of Church doctrines and dogma. It can be any religion. Doesn't matter. I think most doctrines and dogma are silly, misguided, someti...

Catholic, Orthodox Bishops Push For More Married Priests

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rit...

Pope Francis Fires Everyone On Financial Watchdog Board

AP | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, installing a more international set of...

Pope Francis: Kids > Dogs And Cats

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (June 2) warned married couples against substituting cats and dogs for children — a move that he said lead...

Vatican Communications Chief Says Church Can't Ignore Social Media

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Social media can bring out the worst in people, and even Pope Francis’ enormously popular Twitter feed is peppered with nasty comment...

The Ghost Of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Are American nuns paying for the sins of a Jesuit priest who died in the 1950s? It might seem that way, given the ongoing showdown between do...

Finally: Pope Francis will Meet With Sex Abuse Victims

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero t...

Israel And Palestinian President's Agree To Meet Pope Francis At Vatican

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Pope Francis plunged Sunday into Mideast politics during his Holy Land pilgrimage, calling the current stalemate in peace ...

Pope's Powerful Prayer At The Separation Wall

Reuters | Philip Pullella & Noah Browning | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 25 (Reuters) - Pope Francis made a surprise stop on Sunday at the wall Palestinians abhor as a symbol of Israeli oppressio...

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope Francis' Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Could Be A Turning Point In Christian-Muslim Relations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

For the past week, it's all that Khaldoun Barghouti, a resident of Ramallah in the West Bank, has seen on TV, heard on the radio and read when he logs...

Pope Francis Indignant About $25,000 Canonization Buffet

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

The recent canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were cause for celebration amongst the global Catholic Church. But not this kind of ce...

The Significance of the Pope's Upcoming Visit to Israel

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Pope Francis' trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.

Vatican Must Comply With Anti-Torture Treaty, Says UN

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — In a report that could expose the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found Friday ...

The Catholic Church's #1 Pro-Life Issue Is Not What You'd Expect

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

Abortion has dominated the pro-life debate for decades, providing a hot-button issue particularly important to Catholics in the United States. But ano...

A Virtual Tour Of The Pope's Holy Land Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis sets out for the Holy Land on May 24, and not a minute of his three-day trip will be wasted. The pope will visit some of the most sacred ...

Vatican Bank Audit Reveals 202 'Suspicious' Transactions In 2013

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency said Monday that "corrective measures" were necessary at the Holy See's troubled bank to...

No Bulletproof Cars For Pope's Middle East Trip

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be all...

'Exorcist' Author Receives Vatican Response On Georgetown Petition

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist" and alumnus of Georgetown University, has received a response from the Vatican on a petition he submitt...