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The Vatican Vs. The Nuns: 3 Takeaways From Tuesday's Report

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The moment was more “Kumbaya” than “Come to Jesus” on Tuesday (Dec. 16) as the Vatican released the much-anticipated results of an inves...

Vatican Ends Six-Year Investigation On U.S. Nuns

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican ended a six-year inquiry into U.S. nuns with a report designed to bury their differences and celebrate their contributi...

Apostolic Visitation Report Suggests Challenges, Hope for Nuns

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The church's challenge now is to deal with the hurt that erupted when the church's call for visitations seemed to disregard what tens of thousands of nuns accomplished both in the past and today.

Thank You, Sisters

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Women religious as well as their colleagues and friends will find in the report a fair depiction of the state of Catholic sisters in the United States.

The U.S. Is Asking The Vatican For Help With Guantanamo Inmates

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

VATICAN CITY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The United States, which is seeking ways to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to transfer inmates to third count...

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Dalai Lama: Pope Unwilling To Meet Because 'It Could Cause Problems'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Dalai Lama said Thursday (Dec. 11) that he would not meet Pope Francis while in Rome for a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners. “T...

Prayers Answered

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

Sister Cristina has had her prayers answered. The Italian nun who shattered stereotypes this year with her powerful voice and electric stage prese...

Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

Pope Francis Critics Cite Conclave Conspiracy To Question His Papacy

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Was there a secret plot to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the papal conclave last year? Did Bergoglio — who became Pope F...

Pope Francis Dismisses Chief Of Swiss Guard

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis is dismissing the commander of his Swiss Guard, Daniel Anrig. The Vatican quietly announced the move in a short paragraph buried in it...

Pope's Astronomer Says He Would Baptize An Alien

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) With Christmas just around the corner, Brother Guy Consolmagno gets a lot of questions this time of year about the Star of Bethlehem th...

What Pope Francis Hopes To Accomplish In Turkey

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Friday (Nov. 28) for a three-day visit to Turkey and, given the issues on his plate and the troubles in the ...

Is Benedict XVI The Real Pope? Four Factors Fueling Vatican Conspiracy Theories

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Benedict XVI stunned Catholics by announcing that he would become the first pope in six centuries to resign, it immediately raised concerns...

Miracles Work Everywhere

Ray Flynn | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

I was with just elected Massachusetts Democratic Governor, Ed King, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Boston's West End in January of 1979, as people sat quietly in the Church and heard Bishop Joseph McGuire ask for God's blessing on our new Governor.

Why I Weep

Micaela Connery | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

I'm generally optimistic, fiercely patriotic, and idealistically hopeful. But today, today there is a heaviness. There's a feeling that our country is at a worrisome crossroads.

Catholic Archdiocese to Close St. Thomas More

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.24.2015 | New York
Joe Peyronnin

Gasps were heard and tears were seen when Pastor Kevin Madigan informed parishioners this past Sunday at each Mass that their church was likely to close next August.

Pope Francis Canonized Six New Saints This Weekend

The Associated Press | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony i...

Millennials Exploring Social Exclusion With Pope Francis: God, the Internet and Disrupting Business

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

Why invite 40 millennials and not the top 40 CEOs? What sort of insight can we offer that the world's foremost academics on social inclusion couldn't? How can a heterogeneous group with diverse religious beliefs help shape a debate hosted at the center of the Catholic world?

Viva il Papa

Cecilia Cicone | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Cecilia Cicone

Pope Francis is extremely personable, and I have the utmost respect for the Holy Father. But he hasn't changed anything. If nothing is changing in the Church, then something must have changed outside of the Church. People are finally willing to listen.

Vatican Reins In Sale Of Papal Blessings

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

ROME, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Rino Pensa has been making personalized papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a mainstay of his small business creati...

Cuba Allows The Building Of First New Catholic Church In 55 Years

The Associated Press | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign...

Sitting Down To Dinner With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published ...

Synod's Discussion On Gay Marriage Was Too Confusing For At Least One Archbishop

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate...

7 Takeaways From Vatican's Synod On The Family

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) wi...