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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...

Two Popes Have Historic Meeting

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD and PAOLO SANTALUCIA | Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican proto...

10 Better Choices For Pope

Posted 03.13.2013 | Comedy

Sure, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems like a good guy and it's cool that he's the first Latin American pope. Still, we can't help but think that ...

Popes Out of Step With Their Times

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I wonder how long it will take the Church to apologize for its longstanding marginalization and persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and its ultimate sanction of our relationships and our gender expressions. I'm certainly not going to hold my breath

Would Pope Benedict XVI Ever Quit?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

It has become clear that Pope Benedict is willing to engage with the problems the Church faces. Yet, I wonder if he still considers walking away.

PHOTOS: How Popes Have Shaken The World

Eamon Duffy | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion

In an exclusive excerpt from his new book 'Ten Popes Who Shook the World,' one of the world’s most highly regarded historians of Christianity discus...

Summertime Book Blues

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.26.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I used to put books aside especially for the summer, knowing I'd have more time and feel more relaxed, less stressed, more open to the long loving voyage with an accomplished author at the helm.

What Future for Vatican II?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

As U.S. Catholics mark anniversaries of the Civil War or of September 11, they would do well to also remember Vatican II, including what it had to say about peace and renunciation of war.

Pope Spars With Jewish Critics Over Pius XII

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — In a synagogue visit haunted by history, Pope Benedict XVI and Jewish leaders sparred Sunday over the record of the World War II-era pope...