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Pope Francis: Moving the Church Forward on the Modern Family, One Step at a Time

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Even though he is the mighty "sovereign pontiff," he also knows he cannot just simply impose touchy pastoral shifts overnight without harming the Church's unity. As a former archbishop coming from "the end of the world," the Argentinian pope does not want Rome to solely decide.

It's Time to Start Ignoring Pope Francis

The Second City Network | Posted 10.16.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

He's supposed to be an old man speaking gibberish (Latin) that late night comedians can use to fill a couple minutes. If a Pope starts talking sense and being all... relevant... to modern times, he won't be funny anymore.

A Day in the Life of Pope Francis, Who Lives Behind This Gas Station

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Nothing can distract you in Santa Martha. When you enter the residence, where the Vatican accommodates some of its visitors, there is no Raphael fresco or Bernini sculptor to catch your eye. Just plain white walls and green plants on a tidily kept marble floor. The outside six-story facade and the inside lobby alike are as neutral and impartial as a clinic. Yet the one you may come across, in the elevator, is Pope Francis. He stays in Room 201 on the second floor. A young cardinal once found himself with the pope suddenly entering the lift. "Holy Father," he said most politely. Francis replied: "Holy Son!" The pope recently explained to journalists that he had insisted on taking the elevator alone, with no one on duty to accompany him: "My life is as normal as I can make it." And as normal as one of a priest, that he wants it to remain.

Pope Francis Is the Answer to Church's Prayers

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.

Pope Francis' War Against The Vatican

The Spectator | Damian Thompson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

The first non-European Pope was elected to do one thing: reform the Roman Curia, the pitifully disorganised, corrupt and lazy central machinery of the...

Pope Francis: A 'Homebody' Out in the World Who Has Never Been to the United States

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis' best asset is his lasting popularity outside his own Church. His limits are his own physical capacity. He told reporters he gave himself "two or three years" before death. He does not rule out retirement before then.

Vatican Urges Muslim Leaders To Condemn The Islamic State's 'Barbarity'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

The unspeakable crimes committed by the Islamic State, a self-identified Sunni militant group formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sha...

Interfaith Soccer Match Brings Top Players Together For Peace

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion

As the world deals with World Cup withdrawal, we can look forward to some of the biggest names in soccer coming together to play a friendly match in t...

Pop Culture - My Pop, That Is

Charlie Carillo | Posted 08.12.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

My father is sitting in his office, leaning back in his chair and staring at the ceiling. This is an office he's just been moved into toward the end...

Catholic Demon-Making

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

As a Catholic myself, I do think that something potentially very dangerous is going on. And the devil is in the details. As much as exorcism might be about casting out demons, it's really about bringing back the priest.

Vatican Bureaucratic Reforms Delayed

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or C...

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...

So About That Hawk The Vatican Hired To Protect Those Doves...

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

Has the Vatican enlisted the help of a hawk to protect the pope’s cherished doves? After two of its peace doves were fatally attacked by a seagu...

Pope Francis Announces Members Of Sex Abuse Commission

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reac...

Pope Benedict Addresses Conspiracy Rumors

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

Retired Pope Benedict XVI says his decision to quit last year was his alone -- that he wasn't pressured, that he's not the victim of a conspiracy and ...

Is the Pope Christian? Fr. Roy Bourgeois Writes to the the Pope

Michele Somerville | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Today, excommunicated and defrocked Roman Catholic Maryknoll priest and peace activist Roy Bourgeois, published an open letter to Pope Francis I. In ...

John Kerry To Visit Vatican

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Vatican to discuss the Middle East peace process, poverty and humanitarian issues. S...

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.

Pope Francis, Man of the Year? Not Yet

Michele Somerville | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Pope Francis may well be what he seems but it can not be denied that this pope is made-to-order. It is only by cutting through the 'spin' that we can know how genuine Francis and the change with which he being credited actually are.

If Pope Francis Could Perform One Miracle, It Would Be This One

Posted 12.10.2013 | Religion

Every day, people around the world pray for miracles to happen-- including the Pope. Pope Francis recently visited St. Cyril parish to celebrate th...

The 11 Most Stunning Pieces In The Vatican Museum

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

A new book by Anja Grebe celebrates the stunning art collection of the Vatican by featuring every Old Master painting on display. "The Vatican: All Th...

Colbert: Is Pope Francis A Superhero?

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.03.2014 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert's starting to hear rumors that Pope Francis sneaks out of the Vatican at night in plain clothes to do good. That can only mean one thi...

Seeing Each Person As A Child Of God

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

While many spiritual leaders preach the importance of compassion, Pope Francis gives us all yet another example of what it really looks like to live a...

Mafia May Target Pope Francis, Prosecutor Warns

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis could be at risk from the ‘Ndrangheta organized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who has himse...

WATCH: The Three Phrases All Families Must Say For Happiness And Harmony

Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis gave families a simple guide to happiness in three little phrases as he addressed a crowd in St. Peter's Square after mass on October 13t...