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Vatican Supports Naming Square After Excommunicated Church Reformer (Martin Luther)

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope ne...

How Can So Many Catholics Not Know Pope Francis Is Coming?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans are gung-ho for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit — if they know he’s coming. They really, really like him, too, particularly Catholics ...

Pope Francis Quiz: 19 Questions To Test Your Knowledge

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States in September, and his Mass in Philadelphia is expected to draw upwards of a million people....

Donald Trump To Pope Francis: 'ISIS Wants To Get You'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment

If he had the chance to meet Pope Francis, Donald Trump says he would use the opportunity to deliver the pontiff a warning. "I'd say, 'ISIS wants to...

Pope Francis Denounces Labor Markets That Put Profit Over People

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing a global labor market that is interested only in profit and warning that unemployment causes enormous...

New Jersey Brewery To Release Special Beer In Honor Of Pope Visit

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month. Cape May...

The 'Cultural Chasm' Between American Nuns And Vatican Is Closing

Global Sisters Report | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion

The story was first published on Global Sisters Report. The controversial investigations of U.S. women religious by the Vatican — and resulting tens...

One Catch In Pope's Climate Push: U.S. Catholic Oil Investments

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change...

Inside Sister Monica’s Secret Ministry To Transgender People

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal the ...

Vatican: Jewish Extremist Poses Threat To Holy Land Christians

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The church body authorized by the Vatican to oversee the Catholic Church’s property in Israel has asked Israel’s attorney general ...

Why Pope Francis's U.S. Visit Poses A Challenge To Congress

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (AP) - A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking ...

One Of Pope Francis's Top U.S. Allies To Become Vatican Delegate

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis is set to name Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, viewed as one of his top allies in the American hierarchy, as a special delegate to...

Pope Francis Learned The Secret Of Joy From A Sweet Grandma With 'Shining Eyes'

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says when he wanted to know the secret of being joyful he asked a "tiny granny with shining eyes" and got an unexpe...

The Green Populist Pope and LGBT People

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

In our modern world has the Supreme Court one upped all Catholicism, by showing more reason, compassion and understanding of gays? Has the Supreme Court taken the place of the Church, exhibiting more humanity than she?

Vatican Scientist Thinks Aliens May Exist -- But Not An Alien Jesus

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion

NASA scientists are getting closer to determining whether there is life on other planets -- and the enthusiasm about aliens has spread to the Vatican....

Extreme Measures Americans Are Already Taking Before Pope Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.02.2015 | Religion

The U.S. will host Pope Francis September 22-27, and Americans and papal tourists are taking some extreme and creative measures in preparation. The p...

Philadelphia In A State Of Panic As Pope Visit Nears

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.01.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've bee...

Pope Francis Honored As 'Abolitionist Of The Year'

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - An Italian anti-death penalty group has honored Pope Francis with the prize "Abolitionist of the Year" for his strong position against the...

Sisters Of Loretto Divest From Fossil Fuels, Cite Pope's Encyclical

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

The Sisters of Loretto, a Kentucky-based Catholic community, are joining a growing movement of religious groups taking a stand for the environment. Th...

Watch Epic Interfaith 'Hallelujah' Performance For Pope Francis

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is due to visit the U.S. for the first time in September, and people are already making gifts and planning festive welcome events for the...

New Jersey Archbishop Could Be Next To Come Before Vatican Abuse Tribunal

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) - Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis on Wednesday to use the new Vatican tribunal h...

Pope Francis Whips Out A Tablet To Kick Off World Youth Day Signups

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up ...

'Bishop Of Bling' To Be Held Accountable For Excesses

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.25.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) A German Catholic diocese wants to take episcopal responsibility to a new level by making its disgraced former “bishop of bling” respo...

Vatican Bans Italian Journalist From Papal Plane In Retaliation For Leaked Encyclical

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican said Friday (July 24) it has banned an Italian journalist from the papal plane during Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S. ...

Jerry Brown's Climate Road Show Meets Up With the Pope in Rome

William Bradley | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Governor Jerry Brown, pressing the California agenda on renewable energy and climate change, followed up his successful appearance earlier this month at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto with what looks like an even more successful appearance at the Pope's summit.