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For LGBT People, the Pope Is No Hero

Scott Novak | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

On Thursday, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco participated in the homophobic March for Marriage across from the Supreme Court, leading thousands of protesters in prayer against same-sex marriages.

The Pope's Anti-Abuse Commission: Action or PR Stunt?

Dan Arel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Can a Vatican-appointed commission bring about real change and be trusted to give a non-biased and honest report about the scale and severity of the abuse and offer real solutions that will be accepted by the Church?

Why the Pope Should Come to Philly and Ignore Its Hierarchy

Christopher Norris | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Christopher Norris

Pope Francis should certainly come to Philadelphia, but his visit should not be herald as a moneymaker for the city; instead it should be orated as a potential sacred moment for a city so deeply divided to heal.

Him: Pope Francis and a Year in the Modern Imagination

Aileen McGraw | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Aileen McGraw

Mary Deeley looks me in the eye and laughs as she tells me the three men who top the invite list for her daughter's wedding. Sitting with her arms outstretched in a chair at Northwestern University's Sheil Catholic Center, Mary continues our conversation in a speedy and reverent tone.

Pope Francis Broke All The Rules In His Landmark First Year, But How Far Will He Go?

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — From his simple sound bites to his breaking of Vatican rules, Pope Francis has made being Catholic cool in his first year. He m...

Animal Rights Group Scolds Pope For Doomed Dove Release

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) — Animal rights groups on Monday appealed to Pope Francis to end the practice of releasing doves from a Vatican window overlooking St. Pet...

Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

At the risk of sounding like a starry-eyed groupie instead of a critical thinker, I would argue Pope Francis embodies all of those definitions, and a few more that truly mark social innovation.

An Unexpected Servant: The Leadership of Pope Francis (Isaiah 49:1-7)

Lynn R. Huber | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Lynn R. Huber

This personal and institutional modesty appeals to many U.S. Catholics, especially those who had been put off by the seeming arrogance of the Vatican. Reflecting this change 88 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis is doing a good job in his role as Pope.

Five Things I Hope For Christians in 2014

Emily Timbol | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

Our message should be one that brings hope, not shame. That's why I'm turning the five events below into opportunities for growth in the coming new year. Here are five things I hope for Christians in 2014.

Phil Robertson vs. Pope Francis On Gays

Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion

As some Christians step up to defend Phil Robertson's stance on homosexuality, one person went even farther, comparing the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch's ...

4 Gay Women, 8 Jews and the Pope Walk into a Midlife Crisis...

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Good News
Zachary Dominitz

We're eating Manischewitz-brined turkey with latkes, 11 of us, lighting candles for Hannukah in a mishmash of celebration. There's my father and mother, friends for more than 50 years. My mom's two ex-girlfriends are also here, these women who have known me, and loved me, for decades.

Pope Meets Putin

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his religious side during a visit Monday to the Vatican, stopping to cross himself a...

What People Are Really Thinking When They Invite you to Church

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Just over two years ago, I picked up a free Bible. I had read it before but, this time, almost instantly, in a wave of emotions and realizations and revelations and a wide variety of indescribable sensations, I became a Christian. It happened.

Vatican Cricket Club Takes Interfaith Up To Bat

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican served tea and cucumber sandwiches Tuesday as it launched its first cricket club, an initiative aime...

The Good Pope

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although I'm not a Roman Catholic, it is time for me to go to confession and acknowledge that my fears may have been misplaced about Pope Francis.

Heaven Forefend the Pope Is Sane!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The pope just told the American Catholic religious right to shove off. He said that the political game they've been playing on behalf of people like the Koch brothers and Tea Party -- in the name of morality -- threatens, the moral structure of the Church.

The Best (Worst?) (Inappropriate?) Pope Swag in Italy

The GypsyNesters | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City's most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope.

Hi, Pope Francis Calling

HuffPost Italy | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

Stefano Cabizza, 19-year-old engineering student in Padua (northern Italy), gave a letter to a cardinal one day during mass in Castel Gandolfo. The le...

Pope Francis Takes to the Streets of Copacabana

Tracy Lee | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Tracy Lee

Chanting "Papa Francisco" to the rhythm of bossa nova music, pilgrims from all over the world packed the glitzy Copacabana beachfront in the rain and unusually cold Rio weather Thursday night, to welcome history's first Latin American pope for World Youth Day.

Why Pope Francis Was Right

Karen Berg | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Karen Berg

The Pope shared that "'doing good' is a principle that unites all humanity, beyond the diversity of ideologies and religions, and creates the 'culture of encounter' that is the foundation of peace."

Atheists Can't Be Saved After All, Vatican Says

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

Shortly after Pope Francis gave an homily in which he said even atheists who do good are redeemed, a statement from a Vatican spokesman clarified the ...

New Pope Installed as Homeless Watch

Jerry Nelson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Jerry Nelson

While bankers, lawyers and religious people all turned towards the big screen, this man was left alone with his child. I don't know what he was thinking. I don''t care.

WATCH: Pope Francis Stops To Bless And Kiss Disabled Man

Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis stopped the procession to his inaugural mass to kiss and bless a disabled man and a baby. The estatic faces in the crowd showed their ap...

Pope Francis Cast as Heralded Star of 'Transformation'

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Pope Francis refused to sit on the throne, preferring to stand with his flock. He will walk and lead with a new style of simplicity following the footsteps of his first love, Jesus Christ.

Did This Woman's Rejection Push Pope Francis Into The Priesthood?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion

Amalia Damonte remembers the day her 12-year-old neighbor spoke these sweet words in a fit of adolescent passion: "If I don't marry you, I'm going to ...