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Honduras: No Cash for Doctors and Nurses, Plenty for Junkets to Rome

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Keep in mind that Mr. Lobo and his family, and some sort of entourage, went to Rome in March to attend Pope Francis' inauguration. Anyone notice anything wrong with this picture?

Watch: Joblessness Is Killing Us

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

What the richest parents want for their children is what the poorest parents want for theirs. Measure their aspiration, however, against the fact that more than 21 million Americans are still in need of full time work, many of them running out of jobless benefits.

Canonization Day Set

AP | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. Pope Francis announced the date Monday during a meeting ...

New Rules Forbid Catholic Chaplains From Performing Funerals For Gay Couples

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseli...

Grant Me the Pope Francis Kool-Aid but Not Yet; Is the New Pope for Real?

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Vatican doctrine still holds that same-sex and marriage and love are sinful. The pontiff has yet to fling "open the door" (to employ the terminology Ratzinger et al used) to the discussion of Women's Ordination.

Jaweed Kaleem

Here's How America Feels After The Pope's Landmark Statement On Gays And Abortion

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis' statements in an interview published last week that the Catholic church has been too "obsessed" with homosexuality and abortion, and sho...

The Significance of the Pope's Interview: Christianity Doesn't Compel Homophobia

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What's critical to realize -- lest we believe that Christian doctrine actually compels its adherents to condemn gay people -- is that anti-gay religious sentiment has always been a matter of tone and focus, so a change here is both the best we're likely to get and possibly all that's really needed.

'Global Financial System Has An Idol Called Money'

AP | GIANFRANCO STARA and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.22.2013 | Religion

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — Pope Francis denounced what he called big business's idolatry of money as he traveled Sunday to one of Italy's poorest regi...

Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet: 'I Have Never Been a Right-Winger'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.

PHOTOS: Pope Prays For Peace With 100,000 In St. Peter's Square

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call fo...

Pope Francis On Syria: Abandon 'Futile Pursuit' Of Military Solution

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged the Group of 20 leaders on Thursday to abandon the "futile pursuit" of a military solution in Syria as the Vat...

Vatican Ramps Up Opposition To Syrian Strikes

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is ramping up its opposition to threatened military strikes against Syria as it draws attention to Pope Francis' plan...

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.

Big Change At The Vatican

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion

* Secretary of state known as "deputy pope" * Parolin, like Francis, known for frugal lifestyle * Ends Bertone era marked by ethical, financial ...

Pope Francis On Syria: 'Atrocious Deeds'

AP | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis says he has been disturbed by `'terrible images" of atrocities occurring in Syria, and he is urging the international com...

How an Idealistic President Embraced Cyber Espionage

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Could President Obama's second term be marred by further revelations stemming from the NSA scandal?

Insider Secrets of Rome

Budget Travel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. Here are some can't-miss tips for making yourself at home in the Eternal City.

Why Canonizing John Paul II Is a Mistake

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, many Roman Catholics were quick to optimism. Some dared to hope for something of a church renaissance, and for relief, perhaps, in the wake of the bitter reign of "God's Rottweiler," Joseph Ratzinger.

The Pope May Be Argentine But 'God Is Brazilian'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

If the Vatican's New Evangelization campaign is to have any chance at revitalizing the faith in Brazil and Latin America it must harness the spirited dynamism of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Anyone considering the news that the current pope, Francis I, has approved John Paul II for sainthood, should also consider that more than anyone, John Paul II had access to information about the full scope of the abuse problem and the greatest power to address it.

Pope Francis' First Encyclical Has Second Author

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than four months after being elected, Pope Francis published his first encyclical on Friday (July 5). But the 82-page “Lu...

Few Milwaukee Abuse Victims Get Large Payouts, Most Get None

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 09.04.2013 | Religion

MILWAUKEE — Clergy sex abuse victims have long accused the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of spending more money on lawyers to protect itself than to ...

Don't Be Nice

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Flanagan

Fraud investigator Harry Markopolos is not a nice guy. He would not give up in his lone pursuit of Bernie Madoff, even when the SEC told him to back off. Wendy Davis wasn't nice when she filibustered for 13 hours to block the passage of a strict anti-abortion bill in Texas.

John Paul II Clears Another Hurdle Towards Sainthood

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis an...