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Why Blessed Paul VI?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Bishop of Rome from 1963 to his death in 1978, Paul VI is now Blessed Paul VI. But why would Pope Francis have thought it significant to beatify this pope, so soon after canonizing John XXIII and John Paul II?

Whose Parish Is It Anyway? Churches Face Delicate Balance in Meeting Needs of Ethnic Ministries

David Briggs | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A phenomenon of Mass mobs, where large groups of suburbanites worship in the city on a given Sunday, is shining new light for a day on urban parishes that are dwindling or, in some cases, have been closed.

My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

Saint John XXIII

Thomas Worcester | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

On Sunday April 27 Pope Francis will formally declare that Pope John XXIII is a saint. It is now more than fifty years after Pope John's death (1963); his reputation for holiness has stood the test of time in a way that cannot yet be said for Pope John Paul II, also to be canonized on April 27.

Son of God Is the Anti-Gibson

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ was a passion of hate. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's new film, Son of God, slated to arrive in theaters nationwide on February 28, is the true anti-Gibson. From start to finish, theirs is a much more sensitive effort.

Pope Francis: Man of the Year and a Sign of Some Hope

Matthew Fox | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Such a story is raising hope among activists and progressive Catholics, many of whom have left the church behind but still recognize its potential power as a source for good in many parts of the world.

Pope Francis, the Genius of Women and Vatican III

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Pope Francis, I am confident you understand the hopes you are raising. As you dip your toe in the river of spiritual healing and change, I pray that you will not lose courage, or just be swept away, but you will stand for justice.

John XXIII and John Paul II: New Models for Holiness

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Soon two modern figures will be declared saints. Both were popes, but the seeds of saintliness showed long before their elections.

A Sign of Things to Come?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Last week, Pope Francis made a small, but significant, change in three of the Catholic eucharistic prayers, or what is generally known as the "Mass."

Lifelong Service: A Queen, a Nun and Me

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Norma Cook Everist

Queen Elizabeth served the Commonwealth. Sister Mary Owen served the common health. The Queen has served faithfully, consistently, responsibly, day after day, year after year, with modest warmth and wisdom. So did the Sister. And the world changed around them both.

Atheists: Saved Or Damned?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

On May 22 Pope Francis spoke about how the redemption brought about by Christ applied to the whole human race and that he would not be surprised to find himself sharing heaven even with atheists, at least with atheists who seek to do good. The very next day, the pope was corrected.

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed The Call?

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Pope Francis now faces an institutional church in need of substantial rebuilding and reform: a deeply divided church theologically; an entrenched and flawed, some would say incompetent, Vatican bureaucracy; a legacy of decades of scandals (in particular pedophilia) and of deception by members of the hierarchy; and an exodus of Catholics in Europe and America.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

An Apostate Asks: What Has The Conclave Wrought With Francis?

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Kimberly Krautter

After what I and many consider to be the disaster of Benedict's papacy, the future of the Catholic Church will be writ large in the coming months.

Progressives vs. Conservatives: The War over Catholic Doctrine

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Phillip Martin

Whoever succeeds Pope Benedict faces challenges that will impact Catholics everywhere, but will the choice have any impact on Catholic doctrine, which many believe is suspended somewhere between the Council of Trent counter-reformation and Vatican II.

Remember Vatican II Because Who Becomes Pope Matters To The Rest Of Us

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.

Teacher Who Returned To Church Roots

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, April 4, 2005, a priest walked up to the Renaissance palazzo housing the Vatican's doctrine department and asked the d...

Dharma And The New Pope

Rajiv Malhotra | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Rajiv Malhotra

If the Vatican would drop claims of exclusivity over religious truth, and reexamine dogmas such as the Nicene Creed, it would pressure other denominations of Christianity to follow suit.

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

Counting U.S. Catholics: Signs Of Growth And Decline On The Road To 100 Million

David Briggs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

There is only one U.S. religious group that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet, to hear some critics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape.

50 Years Ago, Vatican II Changed The Catholic Church -- And The World

Religion News Service | John Pope | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Fifty years ago on Thursday (Oct. 11), hundreds of elaborately robed leaders strode into St. Peter's Basilica in a massive display of solemn ecc...

Vatican II: A Call To Break Down Barriers

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should look to the Second Vatican Council for guidance and wisdom as we seek to make our house a place where no door is ever locked, but only awaiting a knock.

Vatican II, 50 Years Later

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

It was an exciting time. It was also a dangerous time, a time of great personal tension and deep spiritual struggle.

Cardinal Represented Catholic Church That Might Have Been

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2012 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Carlo Maria Martini, the Italian cardinal due to be buried in Milan late on...

Nuns of America Unite

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With each new discovery proving a Biblical assertion wrong, the Church retreats to the safety of errors in interpretation or dismissing the discrepancy as unimportant. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.