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Pope Francis Cleans House At Vatican Bank

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made another move to clean house at the troubled Vatican bank, naming a new roster of cardinal advisers to repl...

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 Baptizes Babies In Sistine Chapel

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - With wails resounding amid the splendor of the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis on Sunday baptized 32 infants, and at one point in the...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals Reflecting Attention To The Poor

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals on Sunday, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, includ...

Pope Francis Announces Itinerary Of Holy Land Visit

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit i...

Bill O'Reilly's War on Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What would Jesus do about the profound inequality of opportunity that both the pope and our president have identified as the most pressing moral crisis of our time? It is a timely question to ponder when many of us honor the purported moment of Christ's birth with a last-minute burst of shopping.

A New Christmas Brings to the Vatican Fisherman's Shoes Instead of Red Slippers

Ken Atchity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Ken Atchity

Both popes face the daunting task of restoring confidence in a religious institution rocked with scandal both sexual and financial. Can he restore the faith of fallen-away Catholics like myself, who could no longer bear the dichotomy between institutionalism and morality?

LOOK: Pope Francis Brings Healing Spirit To Children's Hospital

AP | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion

ROME (AP) — Young patients at Rome's main children's hospital have presented Pope Francis with a basket full of notes expressing their wishes, most ...

Pope's Values and Message Impressive for This Muslim

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Imam Muhammad Musri

I would argue that the greatest honor anyone can pay to the faith traditions of others is to seek understanding, to show respect, to engage in dialogue and to pursue friendship. Pope Francis excels in that realm.

Pope Francis Gets An Early Birthday Cake

AP | Posted 12.14.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received a candle-topped birthday cake three days early — a surprise from children at the Vatican. The ponti...

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 Slams Mega-Salaries With 'Crumbs' For Poor

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

(Refiles to remove extraneous company codes) * Pope calls for "rethinking" of economic development models * Wealth gap w...

Pope Rails Against 'Greed' Economy

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses on Thursday, saying in the fir...

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...

Former Priest to Wed Pope Adviser's Daughter And Mother Of His Child

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitti...

Return of the Golden Calf

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're stuck in an economic system and a belief system in which money is no longer a mere medium of exchange but an end in itself, the accumulation of which is crucial to one's individual survival but toxic to our collective survival.

Pope Francis Gets Serious About Child Sex Abuse In Catholic Church

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him about protecting children from sexually abusive priests and about he...

Pope Francis Prays For Abducted Syrian Nuns

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has called for prayers for 12 Orthodox Christian nuns who were abducted from their convent by Syrian opposition fig...

Jeb Bush Tweeted Crazy Falsehood About the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican

Bob Cesca | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

You've probably heard the scuttlebutt about the U.S. allegedly "closing" its embassy at the Vatican. It's a lie.

Pope Francis: The War on Poverty vs. the War on Christmas

Shannyn Moore | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

I like the new guy, Pope Francis. He's not perfect, and neither is the institution, but this guy's a rebel. I think Jesus -- you know, the guy who chased the investment bankers out of the temple -- would like him too.

Pope Wants Closer Look At Vatican's Finance Reform

AP | Posted 11.28.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is trying to get a better handle on the reform of the troubled Vatican bank and the Holy See's finances, naming his...

No, The U.S. Embassy To The Vatican Is Not Closing

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The United States will move its freestanding Vatican embassy into a larger government compound that includes the U.S. Embassy to Italy, a shift ...

Pope Francis' Stunning Critique Of Capitalism

Reuters | Naomi O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders ...

Global Dialogue: Probing the Possibilities

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The King King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue plans to address theological and practical issues that contribute to tensions with a religious dimension.

Vatican Unveils Bone Fragments Said To Be St. Peter's (PHOTOS)

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific ...