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Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.

This Changes Everything

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The synod's report is an invitation to reform the likes of which we have not seen for half a century. I hope to be a full participant in this debate, and certainly I encourage others to join the discussion.

Suicide... An Unpardonable Sin?

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

So, with Robin Williams, and others like him and their families, it is my sincere hope the Church will respond to this with compassion, understanding, and with openness. We need many informed and humane conversations around the issue of suicide.

9 Public Figures Who Rightly Opposed The Iraq War

Dennis Earl | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Dennis Earl

When the George W. Bush administration commenced its global sales pitch to invade Iraq in 2002, misplaced fear and overly rosy projections for its success helped make it happen. If only they had heeded the prescient warnings of these nine individuals.

Pope John Paul II's Blood On Tour

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion

A vial containing the blood of Pope John Paul II -- now St. John Paul II -- is going on tour, starting with a visit to Boston's Cathedral of the Holy ...

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.

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.

Proud to Be Roman Catholic Again

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Last weekend leaders of the Jesuit School of Theology and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology along with other prominent Roman Catholic thinkers gave papers at the Pacific Coast Theological Society.

The Saint for Shalom on Holocaust Memorial Day

Eric J. Greenberg | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Eric J. Greenberg

After the meeting, I somehow became the only guest left standing outside the Cardinal's residence. Police directed me to keep perfectly still -- pointing to the sharpshooters -- until the pope was safely inside his car.

Canonizations

Martin Marty | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Sunday, the Roman Catholic world and many other worlds celebrated the canonization of two new saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Non-comatose readers of Sightings need no further attention to be paid to the details and the drama of the even

Miracle, Schmiracle

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

It's hard for someone who's worked in newspapers and TV as long as I have to feel any sense of wonder over miracles, because we peddle miracles faster than McDonald's slings Big Macs.

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: The Amazing Life Of Pope John Paul II

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II is set to be canonized on Sunday April 27. He and Pope John XXIII will become the newest saints in a ceremony celebrated by...

The Five Facts You Should Know About Sunday's Canonization

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and...

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...

Why This Polish Art Group Is Being Sued For Its Depiction Of JP2

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.25.2014 | Arts

Warning: this post may contain imagery that is graphic to some. A Polish art collective is reportedly being sued for a controversial painting that ...

Remembering Pope John Paul II

Karen Hart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Karen Hart

When people ask me where I got married, their ears always perk-up when I tell them my husband and I took our vows in the walls of the Vatican during the year of the Jubilee.

An Inside Track To Sainthood?

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Pope Francis canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday (April 27), Catholics across the spectrum will have reason to cheer: Lib...

What The Double Canonization Signifies For Church Politics

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor April 25 (Reuters) - When the late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are declared saints on Sunday, t...

Pope John Paul II Souvenirs Are Big Business In Poland

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

By Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland April 25 (Reuters) - Souvenir shops at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, where Karol Wojtyl...

A Former Swiss Guard Reflects On Canonizations And Saints

Andreas Widmer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

As a young man serving in the Swiss Guard, I remember dreading the long events connected to beatifications and canonizations. A canonization Mass would easily run two and a half hours, which meant that we were on duty in St. Peter's Square for over 5 hours.

Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

Just two days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant crucifix erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, crushing a young man and killing...

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...

Pope John Paul II Memorial Vandalized In Poland

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

KRAKOW, Poland April 24 (Reuters) - Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of sout...