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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 ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Dalai Lama Says Pope Francis' Unwillingness to Meet 'Could Cause Problems'
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and its Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader. The Dalai Lama said Dec. ...

7 Concerning Pope Francis Quotes About Women
Originally Posted: 12/11/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on the cake.” ...

Synod on the Family: Dialogue or Clash Between Factions?
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 3:34pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis used his weekly audience Dec. 10 to challenge media reports of “clashes between factions” at the recent bishops’ synod on family issues. Pope Francis used his weekly ...

5 Takeaways from Pope Francis' Latest Interview
Originally Posted: 12/08/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Gay marriage was never on the agenda at the recent Bishops’ Synod on the Family and the subject “did not cross our minds,” Pope Francis said in a new headline-grabbing interview. ...

Does a New Book Question Pope Francis' Legitimacy?
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Was there a secret plot to elect Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio at the papal conclave last year? Did Bergoglio — who became Pope Francis at that conclave — give the go-ahead to such a plan? And does that cam ...

Pope Francis Joins Other Faith Leaders to Demand an End to Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

“Modern slavery … fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity,“ the joint statement said. Pope Francis and religio ...

Pope Francis Makes Overtures to Orthodox and Muslims
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Never mind that Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim. The most enduring image of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey was the moment when he bowed his head and asked for the blessing of the leader of Eastern Ort ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

Cardinal O’Malley Urges Church to Embrace Hierarchical Accountability
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Following up on remarks to “60 Minutes” about the clergy sex abuse crisis and other controversial topics, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has stressed that the Catholic Church needs a system to hold bishops acco ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia Won't Focus on Hot-Button Sex Issues
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

Reflecting the change in emphasis under Pope Francis that was evident at the recent Vatican Synod on the Family, the four-day event in Philadelphia will look at poverty and the family, marital intimacy, raisin ...

Sexual Revolution Is Destroying Families, Russell Moore Tells Vatican Conference
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Nov. 18 and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Prom ...

Pope Francis Is Coming to Philadelphia
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 9:40pm | Type: Blog

Mayor Michael Nutter announced the news Nov. 17, after the Vatican officially confirmed what has been rumored for months — that Pope Francis will visit the city in September 2015 for the eighth World Meeting o ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Catholic Church Losing Ground in Latin America
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows. ...

Should Pope Francis Visit Turkey’s Extravagant Presidential Palace?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 6:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ penchant for austerity and humility will face a diplomatic challenge when he visits Turkey’s new ostentatious presidential palace on his first visit to the country later this month. ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

U.S. Catholic Bishops Grapple with Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 10:27am | Type: Blog

With a controversial Vatican summit on family life just concluded and a papal visit to the U.S. expected in less than a year, the nation’s Catholic bishops on Nov. 10 began taking steps to adapt their agenda t ...

Will Cardinal Raymond Burke's Demotion Enhance His Opposition to Pope Francis?
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Francis has effectively exiled one of his loudest critics, but Burke’s supporters – and his opponents – warn that his position at the Catholic charity may actually give him more freedom to exercise greater inf ...

Pope Francis Suggests No-Cost Annulments in Divorce Cases
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

“When you attach economic interests to spiritual interests, it is not about God,” Pope Francis said. Pope Francis raised the prospect of no-cost marriage annulments on Nov. 5 afte ...

Pope Francis Has Conservatives Talking Schism. But a Split Is Easier Said Than Done
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world? ...

Cardinal Says Church Under Pope Francis Is a ‘Rudderless Ship’
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without ...

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … Is Not Inconsistent with the Notion of Creation’
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” the pope said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the cr ...

Pope Francis Blasts Supermax Prisons as ‘Torture’
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis said Oct. 23 that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is “a form of torture,” and called life sentences “a hidden death penalty” that should be abolished along with capital punishment. “All Christians and people of good ...

Italian Priest Continues to Go After Mafia Despite Death Threats
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

Despite his organization’s many achievements, Ciotti says the power of the Mafia has never been greater, in part fueled by Italy’s ongoing economic crisis. Half a dozen men stand ...

Now You Can Eat with Pope Francis … or At Least Cook His Favorite Dishes
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published a cookbook featuring the favorite recipes of Pope Francis and his predecessors. ...

7 Lessons from the Vatican’s Wild and Crazy Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Oct. 19 without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does ...

Change in Translation Epitomizes Bishops’ Debate Over Gays
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The lobbying at the two-week summit of church leaders — a synod on family life that is set to wrap up Saturday with a final report — was epitomized by the retranslation of a headline from “welcoming homosexual ...

Pope Paul VI Is Almost a Saint: Here Are 4 of His Biggest Legacies
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Despite the many affinities between the two popes, Faggioli said that “the difference between Paul and Francis is the kind of boldness, courage — in a way, recklessness — that Francis clearly has. He’s taking ...

Conscience vs. Authority at Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

If there is a common thread among issues as diverse as contraception, divorce, premarital sex and homosexuality, it may be the limits of the church’s authority over Catholics’ behavior and consciences. ...

Vatican Shifts to Tone of Greater Openness Toward Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

The world’s Catholic bishops on Oct. 13 signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.” ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Wisconsin Couple to Catholic Bishops: The Church is Failing to Address Marital Issues
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his bishops got a wake-up call Oct. 7 from a Wisconsin couple who said the Catholic Church was failing to deal with the collapse of the traditional family. Pope F ...

Forty Shades of Green
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Sean McDonagh The oldest known redwood in the United States was a sapling during the Babylonian exile. Why trees should be part of Chris ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...

US Cardinal Raymond Burke Mounts Defense on Catholic Teaching on Divorce
Originally Posted: 10/01/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit, with conservatives led by U.S ...

Religious Leaders Try to Cope with Islamic State Attacks
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS — must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it. Religious leaders agree the Islamic State — also kno ...

Pope Francis Orders Accused Envoy Jozef Wesolowski Put Under House Arrest
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis had ordered the arrest of a former Polish archbishop accused of child sex abuse in the Dominican Republic because the case was “so serious,” the Vatican said Sept. 23. ...