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Obama to Host Pope Francis at White House in September
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

This will be the second meeting between the pope and Obama. President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue ...

The ‘Pope Francis Effect?' Some Early Data Suggest It Could Be Real
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and ...

Pope Francis Takes a Dim View of the Death Penalty, but Not All Catholics are Convinced
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The pope said capital punishment “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.” On March 20, Pope Francis ...

A New Voice Against the Corrupting Influence of Money in Elections
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The Pope is a welcome addition to the growing national movement in the United States that aims to refocus government on fulfilling the needs and concerns of everyday voters, not on granting special favors to ...

Scandal-Scarred Cardinal Keith O’Brien Renounces ‘Rights and Privileges’ of His Office
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was accused of sexually harassing several men in a scandal that exploded on the eve of the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis, has renounced the “rights and privileges” of his office but may keep his prestigious ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Will Pope Francis Have a Short Papacy? Don’t Bet On It
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

A closer reading of Francis’ remarks, and analysis from those who know the pope, say that’s not what he meant, at all. In a wide-ranging interview he gave March 13 for the second ...

Americans of Faith Must Reconsider Stands on Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 03/17/2015 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Today, Thurlow and other survivors travel the globe, sharing their stories with a new generation for which nuclear weapons are an afterthought. Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progre ...

Pope Francis: ‘All I Want Is to Go Out for a Pizza!’
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has given a lengthy — and fascinating — interview to a Mexican television station, which broadcast it on March 13 to mark the second anniversary of his election. The ...

Kenya’s Catholic Church to Fight Hunger by Farming Its Vast Land Reserves
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. Drying livestock carcass ...

Two Years In, Pope Francis Faces Headwinds in Reforming the Vatican. Here’s How He Can Prevail
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Can Francis change the culture, and the system? One reason the cardinals gathered in the Sistine Chapel elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis two years ago on March 13 was ...

Coming in From the Cold
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Pope Francis is restoring relations with Latin American liberation theologians.  JON SOBR ...

Pope Francis climate change call to action makes waves in faith communities
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

January 5, 2015 Sojo in the News Anna Maria Tremonti ...

LGBT Groups Plan Pilgrimage to See Pope Francis — With Support from Their Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/17/2015 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Both New Ways and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff when they both visit the Vatican on Ash Wednesday, the sta ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Pope Francis: 'We Will Not Find the Lord Unless We Truly Accept the Marginalized'
Originally Posted: 02/15/2015 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

In a powerful sermon that signaled his desire to push ahead with historic reforms, Pope Francis on Sunday said the Roman Catholic Church must be open and welcoming, whatever the costs. ...

Pope Francis Diversifies His Cardinals. But Will They Have Clout Where It Counts?
Originally Posted: 02/13/2015 - 5:54pm | Type: Blog

Will diversifying the College of Cardinals make it look more like the church’s global flock of 1.2 billion members? Pope Francis’ new cardinals, who will be formally installed on ...

Pope Francis Wants ‘Absolute Transparency’ as He Pushes Vatican Reform
Originally Posted: 02/12/2015 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

“Reform is not an end in itself, but a means of bearing a powerful Christian witness,” Francis said. Pope Francis called for a Vatican that operates with “absolute transparency” ...

Pope Francis: Opting Not to Have Children a ‘Selfish Choice’
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

“Not to have children is a selfish choice,” he said. “Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished!” Less than a month after saying Ca ...

Ousted 'Bling Bishop' Makes Soft Landing in Vatican
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

The German churchman christened the “Bishop of Bling” by the media for lavish expenditures he made on his residence and church offices has quietly been given a low-level post at the Vatican, nearly a year afte ...

Pope Francis: A Christian Who Does Not Protect Creation ‘Does Not Care About the Work of God’
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

If you are a Christian, protecting the environment is part of your identity, not an ideological option, Pope Francis said Feb. 9. If you are a Christian, protecting the environme ...

Papal Commission on Sex Abuse Targets Punishment for Bishops
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

A papal commission on clergy sex abuse is close to giving Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves announced Feb. 7that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But th ...

Can Women Have It All? Pope Francis Says They Need 'Freedom to Choose'
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

Whether women can, or should, “have it all” — both work and family — has been one of the most contentious cultural debates of the modern age and one any secular or religious figure engages at his or her peril ...

What Can We Expect from Pope Francis' Address to Congress?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The Francis Revolution is crossing the Atlantic and coming to the heart of the nation’s Capitol. News broke yesterday that Pope Francis has accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a rare joint se ...

It’s Official: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

No pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s Office. Pope Francis will make an unprecedented add ...

New Hopes and Old Realities in the Catholic Church
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle A. Gonzalez Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church. Orbis Book.  LEO ...

The Old Man and the C-note
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Mark V. Ewert 102-year-old priest Arturo Paoli is perhaps the most important economist you've never heard of.  ...

Executions Are Down and Abolition May Not Be Far Behind
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions i ...

Pope Francis Declares Oscar Romero a Martyr, Moves Slain Archbishop Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 3 officially declared that Archbishop Oscar Romero, assassinated by a right-wing death squad in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, was a martyr for the faith, clearing the way for ...

Some See Junipero Serra, Pope Francis’ Next American Saint, as Less Than Holy
Originally Posted: 02/03/2015 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

Some of Serra’s sharpest critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans, raped their women, and destroyed their culture by forcing them to abandon their traditional lan ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

Breeding 'Like Rabbits,' Sex by Rhythm Method, and Other Natural Family Planning Myths
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

In discussing birth control and population issues when visiting the Philippines recently, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church promoted “responsible parenthood” that didn’t require good Catholics to be “like ...

'Living Dangerously:' The Importance of the Pope's Promised Encyclical on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

So, as a climate activist and Christian, I’m beyond thrilled and grateful that Pope Francis is calling on world leaders, and all Catholics and people of good will, to act on global warming by releasing a histo ...

Pope Francis and America’s Shifting Views Toward Catholics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Did you catch the shoutout to Pope Francis during President Obama’s State of the Union address? It’s only the third time in history that’s happened. Did you catch the shoutout to ...

Resistance. Lamentation. Action.
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

There is no one course of action which will end human trafficking. Yet, if we are truly outraged by this social sin, we must find ways to resist. Ordinary people of goodwill, no m ...

Catholic Leaders to House Abortion Foes: Immigration Reform Is Also ‘Pro-Life’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 100 Roman Catholic leaders are using this week’s annual march against legal abortion to press anti-abortion House members to pass immigration reform, saying they should see it as another “pro-life” i ...

The Pope is wrong on religious speech
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Press

January 16, 2015 Sojo in the News Heidi Schlumpf ...

You Can Really Call This Wine ‘Vintage Francis’
Originally Posted: 01/15/2015 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When the Argentine cardinal became pope in 2013, Trinitas Cellars didn’t have any malbec — the famous Argentine grape — in its cellars. But it happened to have a few barrels of cabernet franc. ...

Pope Francis on Free Speech: ‘You Cannot Insult the Faith of Others’
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo but warned there were limits on freedom of expression. Pope Francis on ...

Catholic Groups Rally Against Climate Change Amid Intense Church Debate
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Catholic environmental groups from around the world on Jan. 14 announced a new global network to battle climate change just as many Catholic conservatives are sharply criticizing Pope Francis’ campaign to put ...

RESOURCES: Pope Francis Interviews
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Links to Elisabetta Piqué’s interviews with Pope Francis.  Between selfies in South Korea and Ita ...

Pope Francis to Moms: It’s OK to Breast-Feed in Public
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 11, Pope urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry. While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel o ...

The Pope and Pandora's Box
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger 'He is a person who has been consistent all his life.'  JOURNALIST Elisabetta Piq ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

Weekly Wrap 1.2.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

1. Here Is What Happens When Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type Makes A New Year’s Resolution These may or may not be scarily accurate... 1.  Here Is What Happens When Eac ...

Pope Blasts Vatican Administration, Accuses Some of Spiritual ‘Alzheimer’s’
Originally Posted: 12/22/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday, outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought the dead back to life. This year, the world met the other ISIS. ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

The Vatican vs. the Nuns: 3 Takeaways from the Vatican's Investigation of Women's Religious Communities
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

The 5,200-word report was largely positive, and participants at a Vatican news conference were even more effusive in their praise for each other, the process, the outcome, and prospects for future collaboratio ...