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Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Guess How Much Pope Francis' Skull Cap Goes For On Ebay (No, It's More)

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

It’s a good thing this pope wears more than one hat. Pope Francis’ white skullcap is selling for more than 80,000 euros (roughly $100,000) on ...

Vatican Car Used To Smuggle Drugs

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

Two Italians were arrested on Tuesday after French police found cocaine and cannabis in the Vatican librarian's car. The car belonged to retired 9...

Iraq Ambassador: Pope Francis May Face ISIS Threat On Upcoming Trip

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis may be at risk of an assassination attempt by Islamic State militants during his visit to Albania this weekend, according to Iraq's ambas...

Pope Francis To Celebrate Mass In Honor Of The Elderly

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a speci...

Vatican Isn't Taking Extra Security Precautions For Pope Trip

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says it's not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Al...

Pope Francis Marries 20 Couples, Including Some 'Living In Sin'

AP | FRANCES DEMILIO | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forty "I do's" — or "Si" in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, wit...

Vatican Cricket Team May Need Some Divine Intervention

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A recently formed cricket team from the Vatican may need some divine intervention as it gets ready to take on more experienc...

Filipinos Urged To 'Take A Selfie With The Pontiff'

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

MANILA, Philippines - In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the K-pop treatment. Life-size cardboard cutout...

Paralyzed Man Risks All To See Pope Francis

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion

A disabled Italian man has rarely seen the streets outside his home in the almost 20 years that he's been paralyzed. On Wednesday, 42-year-old Sal...

Saving Christianity in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Luay Al Khatteeb

The White House warned last week that the situation in Iraq risks becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe." The dilemma of persecuted minorities in the region must now surely override any debate over using military power to defeat ISIL.

Vatican Doctrinal Watchdog Insists He Is Not Misogynist

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The Vatican’s guardian of orthodoxy and the force behind Rome’s investigation of American nuns has renewed his criticism of the Leadership C...

Top Italian Bishop Is Rocking The Church With Message Of Inclusion

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Catholic Church should make “unconventional couples” feel at home instead of making them targets of “de facto discrimination,” ...

Much More Than Cheeseheads -- Amazing Wisconsin Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My trip to Milwaukee got me thinking about women associated with Wisconsin and their contributions to advancing the culture and economy of the U.S. As you might guess, these contributions are significant and quite varied.

Former Vatican City Governor Dies At Age 86

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion

DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John ...

American Nuns Will Honor Elizabeth Johnson Over US Bishops Objections

Religion News Service | HEIDI HALL | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) The nation’s largest leadership group for Catholic nuns will bestow its top award Friday (Aug. 15) on a theologian who has be...

Stunning Crowds Show Up For Pope Francis Beatification of 124 Martyr

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The be...

Pope Surprises Korean Crowd With Prayer For Unity

Reuters | Philip Pullella and Ju-min Park | Posted 08.15.2014 | Religion

SOLMOE, South Korea, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, dep...

'Dismay And Disbelief'

AP | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed outrage at violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of ...

Vatican: Tone Down The Peace!

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an effort to insure a more sober ritual, the Vatican has urged bishops to clamp down on singing, moving around and other casual ...

Republicans Sink to a New Low by Stalling a Well-deserved Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

When a source of inspiration and spiritual guidance for Catholics around the world is deemed "too liberal" by House Republicans, it's quite evident that Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert are now the face of the GOP.

A Pope and an Atheist Sit Down for a Chat

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Eugenio Scalfari and the Pope reflected together on the nature of the divine -- "God is Love," the two men agreed, with the Pope connecting that point to the Incarnation. The two men went on. Believers and non-believers are alike called to work for the common good.

Pope Francis Demands Justice For Argentina Terror Attack

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Pope Francis is demanding justice for the victims of Argentina's worst terrorist attack, using what is increasingly bec...

Vatican Appoints 'New Generation' Cardinal Head Of Key Archdiocese

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a "new generation" of less dogmatic clergy, to take ov...

Pope Francis: 2 Percent Of Priests Are Pedophiles

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

ROME, July 13 (Reuters) - About 2 percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying...