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Pope Francis: A Breeze of Fresh Air

Darryl Woodard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Darryl Woodard

Let's begin on what Pope Francis has done just last year as we are now in this brand new year of 2014. He ditched the Papal limousine, and instead is driven around in a regular car. He refused the traditional gold Papal cross, yet instead chooses a simple silver one. And there is more.

Ten Reasons to Love Pennsylvania

Judith Fein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Travel
Judith Fein

"You're going to Pennsylvania?" our friends asked. "You're usually flying off to some destination we've never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?"

Giulia Belardelli

Black Smoke Expected On First Day As Conclave Commences To Choose Next Pope

HuffingtonPost.com | Giulia Belardelli | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

On the eve of the conclave, final preparations are taking place at a feverish pace. Monday afternoon the necessary staff and personnel will be sworn i...

My Vote for Pope: Father Duty

Robin Gelfenbien | Posted 05.11.2013 | Comedy
Robin Gelfenbien

As the cardinals prepare for the conclave to elect the next pope this week, I would like to recommend a candidate they may have overlooked. Someone I think would be the perfect pope successor. Father Duty.

It's Time For A Queer-Friendly Pope

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter's Basilica. Many say it's unequivocally a sign from God. If so, I'm hoping it's an "amen" moment signaling the end of an oppressive era of LGBTQ bashing.

LOOK: Lightning Strikes St. Peter's Basilica After Pope Resigns

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion

Was it just Mother Nature or a sign from God? Lightning appeared to strike St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Monday just hours after Pope Be...

Italian Man Protests On Top Of St. Peter's Dome

AP | PAOLO SANTALUCIA | Posted 12.03.2012 | World

VATICAN CITY — An Italian man gave up his protest atop the St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday evening, after more than 24 hours perched on the 13...

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 ...

Pope Criticizes Syria Regime At Easter Mass

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO and DIAA HADID | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and expressed hope that th...

Pope: Future Hopes Lie With Youth

AP | By FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 03.02.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI in his New Year's homily Sunday praised young people as key to securing a future of hope despite what he called "sha...

There's A Good Reason Why Benedict's Not An Organ Donor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Vatican officials announced last week that Pope Benedict XVI's 2005 election render...

Christmas in Rome: Four Places to Enjoy Italian Traditions

Kathy McCabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kathy McCabe

Traveling to Italy so often -- at least several times a year -- I've discovered that my favorite season to visit Italy is winter, especially right around Christmas.

My Meeting with Pope Benedict

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The pope drove up the incline and arrived in front of St. Peter's Basilica. The people who were there to meet him sat on both sides of his dais. There were clergymen from all over the world

Pope Benedict XVI Meets, Forgives Woman Who Knocked Him Down

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI met on Wednesday with the woman who knocked him over at St. Peter's Basilica during Christmas Eve Mass, and he ...

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial: Making Beauty Out of Ugly Things

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cathleen Falsani

I made the short journey to the Pentagon building in Arlington, Va., to visit the 9/11 memorial honoring 184 people who died here when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77.