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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...

Vatican Threatens Jesuit Theologian In India With Censure

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Vatican is investigating a Jesuit theologian from India for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising new questions about whether Pope...

Pope Francis Says He Would Baptize Martians

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis said in his morning Mass on Monday that if Martians came to him asking to be baptized he wouldn't turn them away, Vatican radio reports. ...

Pope Francis I, the Nun-Busters and Why Catholics Should Buy "Quest For the Living God"

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

We have seen a great shift in this Vatican's tone. But what have we not seen? We have not seen the shift fully extend to the women of the church.

Nuns Thrown Under the Bus

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

U.S. nuns have stood firm stating that their intentions have been misunderstood by the Vatican and remain steadfast in their efforts to work for social justice.

Pope Francis Calls For 'Legitimate Redistribution' Of Wealth To The Poor

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "econ...

Vatican Demands Boko Haram 'Terrorists' Release Kidnapped Girls

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi released a statement on Thursday calling for the release of roughly 200 girls kidnapped in northern Nigeria by ...

Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recogni...

The Vatican, Birth Control, and Galileo's Ghost

Robert Walker | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

If the Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, takes the view that we are stewards of God's earth and that we have a responsibility to maintain this planet for future generations, it is not a big leap to conclude that couples should consider having smaller families.

Understanding Clergy Sexual 'Abuse' as Torture

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The experiences of members of what started out as a small support group of survivors in the United States and now counts 18,000 members in 79 different countries, bear out what studies have shown for some time: The harms caused by sexual violence by clergy are often severe and life-long and, in many cases, life-threatening.

Vatican Has Defrocked Over 800 Priests Since 2004

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned ano...

UN Grills Vatican On Sex Abuse As Torture

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. committee compared the Vatican's handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal with torture Monday, raising the possibility t...

Mother Teresa's Canonization Dissed

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

While it might be argued that the Pope Francis's understanding about human sexual orientation, especially LGBTQ's is expanding, and his concern for the dignity and humanity of LGBTQ people is genuinely shown, the pontiff is still a doctrinal conservative when it comes to women.

Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Link Sex Abuse With Torture

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned inve...

Victims Demand Action From Vatican Sex Abuse Panel

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Pope Francis prepares to address the new Vatican panel charged with tackling the clergy sexual abuse scandal, victims are demand...

Vatican Bureaucratic Reforms Delayed

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or C...

LOOK: Pope Declares His Predecessors Saints

AP | DANIELA PETROFF and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and...

WATCH: Livestreamed Canonizations of Popes John XXIII, JP2

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

The late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II join a long line of papal saints early Sunday morning in a ceremony celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter...

LOOK: Pope John XXIII Through The Years

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1881, Pope John XXIII is remembered as one of the most popular popes of all time. Over the course of his tenure as...

Emeritus Pope Benedict To Attend Weekend's Canonizations

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, April 26 (Reuters) - Emeritus Pope Benedict will attend the canonisation Mass in St. Peter's Square on Sunday at which Pope Francis wi...

Pope Francis Best Thing to Happen to Catholic Church

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

Religious or not, one can't help but be drawn to how the Pope has humanized his role as the leader of the Catholic Church, one of the most powerful organizations in the world.

Everything You Need To Know About Popes And Saints

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints on Sunday (April 27), the first-ever double papal canonization. Here’s a quick guide...