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Survey: Hispanics Flock to Pope Francis, the Democratic Party
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party. A new survey of Hispanic p ...

Pope Francis: We Need You in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 09/26/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

How do our politicians learn what their public service role ought to look like? They could listen to Pope Francis: “…. every man, every woman who has to take up the service of government, must ask themselves t ...

Catholic Chaplains Given Marching Orders Barring Service to Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued b ...

After Years of Decline, Catholics See Rise in Number of Future Priests
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline t ...

Teaching Congolese Refugees Self-sufficiency Gains Nun U.N. Recognition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Angélique Namaika, a Roman Catholic nun, rides a bicycle on the rutted roads of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Orientale, which is plagued by rebel violence. ...

Stepping in When Politicians Step Aside
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

A straggle of kids came up for children’s time at Poland Presbyterian Church, a 211-year-old congregation established on Lot One, in Township One, in Range One of what was once known as the Connecticut Western ...

Pope Francis Tells the Poor: ‘Don’t Let Yourselves Be Robbed of Hope’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis criticized what he called the “idolatry of money” on Sunday in a trip to one of the poorest regions of the European Union. Pope Francis criticized what he called the ...

5 Things We Learned About Pope Francis From His Blockbuster Interview
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy (be pastors, not bureaucrats), and religious faith (doubt is part of belief) continue to reverberate ...

The Man I Didn't Want to Love
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis offered an avalanche of Love, a deluge of Compassion, a flight of Hope. What I found most striking as I read the article was the consistency of his theme, no matter how far-ranging the topic. It w ...

Your Christian Hypocrisy Is Showing: On Pope Francis and the U.S. Congress
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The message of Christ is not often so clearly presented in American media as it was yesterday, nor is that message as clearly contradicted in the same news cycle. The message of C ...

Pope Francis Stuns the Church — But Will It Have a Lasting Effect?
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a free-ranging interview that charted a course away from an institution that’s “obsessed” with a few sexual and moral issu ...

Talking Sex with a Married Catholic Priest
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Blog

It’s not every day you meet a practicing priest in the Catholic Church who is married, so when I got in touch with Fr. Dwight Longenecker (a man who meets the above criteria), I took the opportunity to get his ...

Pope Francis: A ‘Good Christian’ Prays for Bad Politicians
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Wading into ongoing debates over religion and politics, Pope Francis on Sunday gently chided Christians to pray for politicians, saying “a Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.” ...

6 Reasons I Have a Major Crush on Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 5:32pm | Type: Blog

When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, I get the warm fuzzies. When I see him smiling on TV or on the cover of a mag ...

Pope Francis’ Outreach to Atheists Not as Controversial as it Seems
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:07pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis’ friendly letter to atheists, published this week by Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, has been cheered by Catholics who welcomed another sign of the pontiff’s new openness to the world beyond the ...

Pope Francis Tells Atheists to ‘Obey Their Conscience’
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:52pm | Type: Blog

Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday penned a long letter to the Italian liberal daily La Repubblica to affirm that an “open dialogue free of prejudices” between Chr ...

Pope Kicks Off Reform Mission in Meeting with Vatican Department Heads
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis met for three hours with the heads of all Vatican departments on Tuesday, Sept. 10, signaling his desire to introduce more collaboration and transparency in the traditionally secretive and top-hea ...

Liberation Theology Finds New Welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but was subject to decades of hostility and censure is now finding increasing favor in the Vat ...

The ‘Cold-Call Pope’ Reaches Out and Touches a Lot of People
Originally Posted: 09/09/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of th ...

'Except by Prayer and Fasting'
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Governments exist through coercive power. National and international laws function through the power of a threat of some sort of punishment when they are broken. However, faith does not work through coercive p ...

The Cardinal on Colbert: Dolan Does Comedy Central
Originally Posted: 09/05/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the most famous funny man in the American hierarchy, went on The Colbert Report Tuesday night to trade ...

Pope Francis, Jordan King Say Dialogue is ‘Only Option’ in Syria Conflict
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria, just as the United States and its European allies consider launching a military strike aga ...

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass with Wafers Made by Argentine Inmate
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 9:50am | Type: Blog

Since mid-July, Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily Mass he celebrates at the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence. VATICAN CITY — S ...

Benedict XVI: ‘God Told Me’ to Resign
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy because “God told me” to, according to a report by a Catholic news agency. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papa ...

U.S. Nuns Strike a Positive Note on Vatican Investigation
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 4:34pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Catholic nuns — accused by Rome of “radical feminism” for advocating social justice at the expense of issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and euthanasia — responded to a Vatican knuckle rapping with a ...

Schismatic African Priests Want a Pope to Call Their Own
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Schismatic Roman Catholic priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to lead them. The priests say they regret their former church is “allergic” to change. ...

Pope Francis is Unsettling — and Dividing — the Catholic Right
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

On a few short months, Pope Francis has alienated many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that a ...

Living Faithfully in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors An Interview with John Carr After working for two decades as a policy adviser for the United Stat ...

Pope Francis: the Improbable Pop Culture Icon
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair has named him Man of the Year. The Washington Post Wonkblog, of all places, quotes him in a post on forgiveness. Ross Douthat in The New York Times nods approvingly at a piec ...

Former Charity Head Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett replaces theologian Miguel Diaz, and gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poo ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

A Heartless Cult of Money
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Pope Francis 'Not to share one's goods with the poor is to rob them.' [T]HE MAJORITY OF THE me ...

What About the Women?
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Carol Keehan Pope Francis is clearly on a mission to alter the status quo, but will that extend to greater freedom for women's leade ...

'Simple is the New Chic'
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice In John Carr's view, Pope Francis is already shaking up the Catholic Church—and the best is yet to come. ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

Did Pope Francis Change Church Teaching on Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 6:25pm | Type: Blog

Blogs and social media immediately exploded with commentary that either hailed — or lamented — the pope’s words as a shift in Catholic teaching on the role of gays and lesbians in the church. But did Pope Fran ...

Walking 1,850 Miles to See Pope Francis, Pilgrim Feels Renewed
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

A record-breaking three million Roman Catholics crammed Copacabana Beach Saturday night to hear Pope Francis encourage young people to build a better world. A record-breaking thre ...

Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne news conference that he’s ‘not one to judge’ the sexual orientation of Catholic priests. Pope Francis announced Monday in an airborne ...

Pope Delights Crowds With Message of Reform
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

In one of the most inclusive gestures of his visit here, Pope Francis donned a headdress offered to him from an indigenous South American Indian at a ceremony in the city´s grand municipal theater. ...

Pope to Brazilians: Don’t Ignore the Periphery
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It’s not every day that the pope drops in for a visit to your home. But Maria da Penha dos Santos lucked out when Pope Francis chose to enter her small yellow two-story house in the rundown slum of Varginha. ...

Pope Francis Ministers to Young People 'In Crisis' in Brazil
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

His arrival animated tens of thousands of young Catholics cramming the Rio city center, as they waved flags, chanted slogans, and swarmed the four-door Fiat he was riding in. RIO ...

Pope Francis to Encounter a Church in Crisis in Brazil
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

Six years ago, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires attended a gathering of Latin American bishops at the Marian shrine of Aparecida in Rio de Janeiro and called for the Roman Catholic Church to go to ...

Tweet Your Way Out of Purgatory (But There’s Work Involved)
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this ...

Are Miracles Really Needed to Become a Saint?
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood, two things stood out. When the Vatican announced thi ...

Vatican’s New Legal Guide Adds Offenses for Abuse, Leaking Documents
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the Vatican’s criminal laws, introducing specific offenses for child sexual abuse and leaking confidential documents. Pope Fr ...

Pope Francis Decries ‘Globalization of Indifference’
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

In his first official trip outside Rome since his election, Pope Francis visited the tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily on Monday, hoping to show solidarity to African migrants who risk their liv ...

Pope Francis Proclaims John Paul II, John XXIII as New Saints
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis declared on Friday that Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be made saints, elevating the two most decisive popes of the 20th century to the pantheon of Catholic life and worship. ...

Pope Francis Cleans House at the Vatican Bank
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Two top managers of the Vatican Bank resigned on Monday, just five days after Pope Francis appointed an independent commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the scandal-plagued bank. ...

Pope Francis: Christianity is Incompatible with Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

In his first official meeting with a Jewish delegation, Pope Francis on Monday reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s condemnation of anti-Semitism and vowed to further deepen Catholic-Jewish relations. ...