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Vatican Faces Second UN Hearing On Sex Abuse Policies

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church’s response t...

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking Is ‘A Crime Against Humanity'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Four women who were forced into sex slavery and later freed met Thursday (April 10) with Pope Francis at an international conferenc...

Pope Francis: An Open Mind Is The Way To Know God

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis addressed an audience for his daily homily on Thursday with a message of open-mindedness. "Even today there is a dictatorship of a nar...

Pope Francis Reminder: 'There's No One Like You!'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

There really is no one like Pope Francis. In his general audience on Wednesday Pope Francis was greeted by one audience member shouting, "Francis, ...

Pope Denounces Slaying Of Dutch Jesuit Priest In Syria

AP | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal slaying" of an elderly Jesuit priest in Syria and called for an end to the violence. A m...

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Catholic Priests Reject Changes To Mass

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion

It's been more than two years since Catholics across the U.S. switched to a new Roman Missal, the prayers and instructions that make up the ritual "ca...

Vatican Bank Gets Pope's Blessing

AP | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given his backing to the Vatican Bank to keep operating as it strives to improve compliance with international ...

Pope Francis Surprises Faithful In St. Peter's Square With Gift

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square have been treated to gifts from Pope Francis — pocket-sized copies of the ...

Pope Francis Stresses 'Traditional' Marriage At General Audience

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis stressed the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (April 2), s...

Vatican To Live Stream Canonization Of JPII, John XXIII

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the V...

How to Meet the Pope

Gene Marks | Posted 03.30.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Does it surprise you that Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter and Pennsylvania's Governor Corbett were blown off by the Pope? Doesn't surprise me at all.

2 Suspected Of Fraud Plot At Vatican Bank

AP | Posted 03.29.2014 | Crime

ROME (AP) — Italian finance police say a suspected plot to swindle the Vatican bank was foiled after Vatican guards became suspicious of two foreign...

Pope Francis Confesses To A Surprised Priest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis surprised his own master of ceremonies on Friday by confessing his sins to an ordinary priest in St. Peter's Basilica. The...

Vatican 'Willing' To Mediate In Venezuela

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Friday it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly un...

Photos And Video Of President Obama Meeting Pope Francis At The Vatican

Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis and President Obama met for the first time on Thursday at the Vatican, bringing attention to the relationship moving forward between the ...

'Bling Bishop' Is Gone

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) n...

Pope Francis Announces Members Of Sex Abuse Commission

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.23.2014 | 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...

What To Expect From Obama's Meeting With The Pope

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) President Obama is to meet Pope Francis for the first time next week (March 27) as Obama wraps up a European tour, a high-profile encounter...

Vatican Expels Newark Priest From Priesthood

The Star-Ledger | MARK MUELLER | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Acting with uncustomary speed, the Vatican expelled a New Jersey man from the priesthood for repeatedly defying a lifetime ban on ministry to ch...

Benedict Critiqued Pope Francis' Explosive Interview

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The man who serves two popes has revealed that retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote four pages of critique and commentary on Pope Franc...

Interfaith Anti-Slavery Campaign Launches At The Vatican

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children held in modern-day slavery, forced to w...

The 10 Crucial Days That Shaped Pope Francis' First Year

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

When the final votes were counted in the Sistine Chapel on March 13, 2013, and the Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina had been elected, th...

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

Pope Francis Can't Be The Savior of the Catholic Church

Lauren Boyle | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Despite his rampant popularity and sound bytes that give lapsed Catholics great hope, Pope Francis cannot save a Church by himself, nor should he have to.

21 Reasons to Finally Take That Trip to Italy (PHOTOS)

minube | Posted 03.06.2014 | Travel
minube

"I never saw Venice" is a classic last-words cliché for a reason: Most would love to visit Italy, but very few end up going. Well, now's the time to start thinking about that summer vacation, and we've gone through tips and photos from thousands of travelers at to help you make up your mind.