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A Letter to Pope Francis: Reflections on Love, Marriage, Families, and Abortion

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
SaraKay Smullens

I write with deep respect. I write because I have seen the terror of an abusive marriage and the angst of Catholic couples who long for respect and acceptance from their Church; and I have seen the suffering.

A Tale of Two Pilgrimages

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Autumn is a lovely time to visit the nation's capital. Here I look at contrasting visits by two prominent faith leaders.

Holy Father, Please Forgive Me

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Joan E. Dowlin

Your past statements about "who am I to judge gays?" had given me hope that I was included in your love for humanity. It had felt like a slap in the face to read from Davis that you had told her to be strong and pray for you.

How Pope Francis Gives Me Hope: A Philadelphia Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Pope Leaves The U.S. After Moving, Week-Long Visit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

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Pope's Homily At Mass Concluding World Meeting Of Families (Full Transcript)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.27.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated Mass before a crowd of almost one million on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday. The event marked the conclus...

Pope Appeals To Let Love Heal All Wounds At Festival Of Families

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion

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Hundreds Turned Away From Only Session On Gays At Catholic Meeting

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.26.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Homosexuality was such a combustible topic at the World Meeting of Families, a four-day Catholic gathering under way her...

Invasion of the Family Snatchers

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

The city, quite literally, is stopped for days for this event. Despite media reports of excitement, many Philadelphians are less-than-thrilled about this Pope-pocalypse and the disruption it is causing the city and its citizens.

Pope Francis and Donald Trump: When Kingdoms Collide

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Benjamin Brenkert

Pope Francis and Donald Trump are savvy politicians, whose contrasting styles of rhetoric and tone have made them two of the best showmen/salesmen of the 21st Century.

The Paradox At The Heart Of The Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

What the Catholic Church has in store for LGBT Catholics and their supporters during the World Meeting of Families feels less like love and more like a chill wind.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Great Cities Attract Great Leaders

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 09.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Noble Topf

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in pov...

Gay, Celibate Man Is Official Face Of LGBT Catholicism For Pope's Visit

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Of all the delicate issues that Pope Francis will face when he makes his first visit to the U.S. this month, none may pose as many risks to his...

Secret Service Bans Selfie Sticks During Pope's Philadelphia Visit

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If you want to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia later this month, you'll have to leave your selfie stick at home. ...

How is Your Own Meeting of Families?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.22.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

With all the excitement about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Philadelphia, I've been thinking about my own family, hoping that I'm on the right path. And this is what I realized: that most of us have two types of personalities inside us and the only way to balance them is through God.

LGBT Group Rejected By Philadelphia Archdiocese Won't Back Down

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion

Equally Blessed, a coalition of LGBT Catholic organizations, recently learned they would not be allowed to use a Philadelphia...

Pope Francis To Visit The City Of Brotherly Love

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to attend the Catholic church's World Meeting of Families in 2015, confir...

Five Ways to Profit From the Pope

Gene Marks | Posted 08.06.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The papal visit will bring plenty of opportunities to profit. And why not? People surely love the Pope. But they also love a good week down the Jersey Shore and a new car. Smart business people are already thinking of ways to bring these loves together in 2015.

Pope Focuses On Family At Mass For 1 Million

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion

MILAN — Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an open-air Mass for 1 million cheering faithful Sunday, capping a weekend visit to Milan viewed as a respi...