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Pope Francis Wants "Poor Church And Church For The Poor"

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 16 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday t...

And So The Election For Pope Begins

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion

* First round of voting inconclusive * No favourite to lead world's 1.2 billion Catholics * Cardinals pray to Holy Spiri...

What Happens When An Evangelical Protestant Falls In Love With The Catholic Church?

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's time I come clean. I'm an evangelical with a secret. A covert "real me" peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I'm a wanna-be Catholic.

Pope's Last Mass On Ash Wednesday Moved To St. Peter's Basilica

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of m...

New York Vicar Tapped To Be Catholic Bishop Of Camden

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The pope has named a new bishop for Camden, New Jersey, after agreeing to let Bishop Joseph Galante retire a few months early because ...

Pope Slams Attacks By 'Intolerant Agnosticism' In Sermon

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to s...

Pope Benedict Marks End Of A Difficult Year At New Years Eve Service

AP | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI marked the end of a difficult year Monday by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, good...

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.

Pope's First, Second, And Third Tweet

Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion

Pope Benedict's first tweet from @pontifex came today reading: "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for you...

Pope Cleans House After Vatican Leak Scandal

AP | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI moved Friday to shore up the papal household in the aftermath of the Vatican's leaks scandal, naming his trusted sec...

Vatican Fundraises For Architecture In St. Peter's Square

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Not even the Vatican is immune from the economic crisis. For the first time, the Vatican is seeking funds directly from pilgrims, col...

Victim Of Witch Hunting Mob Could Achieve Sainthood

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion

NWELI, South Africa -- Everyone in this poor northern corner of South Africa has a story about Benedict Daswa's kindness to his neighbors, his schoolt...

Pope Sets Stage For Historic Blending Of Choirs

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Sistine Chapel Choir, whose boys and men sing for the pope at all his Masses, is about to get some illustrious company. The ...

Don't Know Much About a New Generation of Catholic Theologians...

Tobias Winright | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Tobias Winright

We are not some homogenous group. While we are unified in many important respects, we are not uniform.

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...

Radical Disobedience: Why Roman Catholics Won't Heed The Pontiff's Call For 'Radical Obedience'

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

There's not a thing Joseph Ratzinger can do to stop Roman Catholic women from becoming Roman Catholic priests. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Catholic Report Warns Of 'Growing Complacency' About Child Protection

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders said they received 594 credible claims of clergy sex abuse last year, with all but a few of t...

Can Religion Be Joyful?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Lev Raphael

It's a central part of worship -- or should be -- and many figures in many different religions have urged this message.

Jesus, King Arthur And Pope Benedict XVI

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Jesus believed that power was only truly useful if it was given away. The papal ceremony of giving the red hats to the elite club of cardinals displays the great legacy of Jesus and King Arthur.

Great Lent: What Fasting, South Park And Your Inner Toddler Have in Common

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The point of the Lenten fast, for us, is not really about what we give up. It is about what we are supposed to do when we feel ourselves wanting what we have told ourselves we should not have.

Searching For The Common Good In Political Discourse

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

The irony in the ideas of the Republican candidates is that the traditional teachings of Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and even evangelical Protestantism give a moral priority to the common good over the private good.

The New Mass As New Coke

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Jeff DeGraff

I was in a positively ebullient mood as I went off to Christmas Mass at St. Mary's with my family in tow. The senses were amped up for the big production. And that's when "it" happened.

Why Would Anyone Go To Confession?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Going to confession is a whole different animal. Why do it? Why would it be necessary to confess one's sins to another, let alone to a clergy person?

Philadephia Archbishop Will Resign Amid Sex-Abuse Scandal (UPDATED)

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion

Update, July 19, 9:52 a.m.: The Archdiocese of Denver has announced that Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput will replace the Philadelphia archbishop. Af...

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Bishops Change Rules On Sexual Abuse, But Victims Say It's Not Enough

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion

After a scathing grand jury report in March that three-dozen Philadelphia priests were kept in ministry despite "credible" sexual abuse allegations an...