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Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … Is Not Inconsistent with the Notion of Creation’
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 9:04am | 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 ...

Now You Can Eat with Pope Francis … or At Least Cook His Favorite Dishes
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 2:40pm | 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. ...

Pope Francis: Giving the Work Back to the People at a Rate They Can Stand
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

This weekend, more than 800,000 spectators crowded the St. Peter’s Square area while 500,000 more watched on giant screens around Rome as Pope Francis canonized Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. ...

Does Being Pope Give You an Inside Track to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/23/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

When Pope Francis canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, Catholics across the spectrum will have reason to cheer: Liberals credit John with opening the church to the modern world in the 1960s, ...

John Paul II and John XXIII: A Rush to Sainthood?
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Across Rome, hotels are full, streets are clean, and the cash registers in the souvenir stalls are singing as the faithful pour in to the Eternal City for the dual canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope J ...

Vatican to Broadcast John Paul II's Canonization in 3-D
Originally Posted: 04/02/2014 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

For the first time viewers will be able to watch the historic event live in 3-D movie theaters in 20 countries across North and South America and Europe. VATICAN CITY — While mill ...

Benedict XVI on John Paul II: I Always Knew He Was a Saint
Originally Posted: 03/07/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Pope John Paul II won’t officially become a saint until a special high-profile ceremony next month at the Vatican. But the man who succeeded him says he has seen him in that light for years. ...

It’s Time to Open the Wartime Pope’s Records
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

It’s almost a year since Pope Francis was chosen as Benedict XVI’s successor. The Argentinian-born pontiff has quickly achieved global fame for his numerous statements indicating that significant changes may b ...

Vial of Pope John Paul II’s Blood Stolen from Italian Church
Originally Posted: 01/27/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

A vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was stolen from a village church in a mountainous area east of Rome. A vial containing the blood of the late Pope John Pa ...

Is Pope Francis Sneaking Out of the Vatican? Maybe Not, but He Wouldn't Be the First
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say reports that Pope Francis has been slipping out at night to visit the homeless in Rome are “simply not true,” though that hasn’t stopped the stories from capturing the public imagination. ...

Expectations High for Summit between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Next week’s summit between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladmir Putin may be the most important meeting between a pontiff and a visiting head of state in nearly a quarter of a century, with war-torn Syri ...

Pope Francis Breathes New Life into Cardinal Bernardin’s Contested Legacy
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 3:12pm | Type: Blog

The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but perhaps none so unexpected – and unsettling for conservatives – as the re-emergence of the late Chicago Cardina ...

Record Crowds Expected for John Paul II, John XXIII Canonizations
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attended by as many as 100 heads of state in what is likely to be the biggest d ...

Pope to Canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014, the Vatican said Monday. Pope Francis made the announcement during a meeting with cardinals gathered in Rome. ...

Are Miracles Really Needed to Become a Saint?
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 3:40pm | 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 ...

Pope Francis Proclaims John Paul II, John XXIII as New Saints
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:47am | 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. ...

John Paul II, Oscar Romero, and the Politics of Making Saints
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 8:45am | Type: Blog

The news that Pope Francis, just six weeks on the job, has cleared the way for the long-stalled canonization of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is a stunner that sends another important signal abou ...

Pope Francis a Huge Hit With U.S. Catholics (For Now)
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

He has been Pope Francis for less than a month, but the keep-it-simple prelate from Argentina is a wow with American Catholics — at least for now. He has been Pope Francis for l ...

Everything You Need to Know About Popes and Conclaves
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Electing a new pope while the former pope is still alive? That’s rare. What are some other firsts and lasts, quirks and facts of papal history that you should know? There are plenty, and Religion News Service ...

Conservatives Vent Disappointment Over Benedict’s Papacy
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the surprising choice cast a pall over the liberal wing of the flock and left conservatives giddy with the prospect of total victory. ...

Pope Paul VI Inches One Step Closer to Sainthood
Originally Posted: 12/27/2012 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

Pope Paul VI, who guided the Catholic Church through a tumultuous period of change in the 1960s and 70s, took a crucial first step toward possible sainthood when Pope Benedict XVI last week recognized his pred ...

The Bells
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Let us talk for a minute, blunt and honest and not polite for a change, about that which is never said and ought to be: that the divisions and disagreements among the Christian sects and traditions are silly a ...

50 Years After Vatican II, Should Pope John XXIII Be a Saint?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council that revolutionized the Catholic Church, will the jolly man known as the "Good Pope" be declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Ch ...

Legacy of Vatican II at Heart of Dispute Between Vatican, U.S. Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 8:41am | Type: Blog

In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the umbrella group that represents the majority of American nuns, of “doctrinal confusion.” As LCWR leaders meet this week (A ...

Catholic Voter Guide Differs From Two Catholic Candidates
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

In unusually strong, populist tones, the guide's authors decry efforts to cut government programs for the poor and middle class while protecting tax rates for the "super-rich." They "denoun ...

Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

The death of Osama bin Laden is voted the No. 1 religion story of the year by the members of Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s premier association dedicated to helping journalists write about relig ...

Shane Claiborne on Rupert Murdoch, Zondervan, and Empire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2009 World Economic Forum | more info (via: Wylio)Most people know now that Rupert Murdoch presides over the News Corp media empire, and that he is fighting for his reputation after being ...

Glenn Beck vs. Christ the Liberator
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

After his colossal "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., Glenn Beck took aim at one of his favorite targets, Barack Obama, but in a novel way. After his colossal ...

The Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the Paradoxical Legacy of Pope John Paul II
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Catholic church is reeling from the several sexual abuse allegations that have come to light over the past three months. Downplaying the severity of this scandal will only further damage the alrea ...

Kudos and Good News Coverage on the Glenn Beck Social Justice Debate
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last week, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/19/jim-wallis-loves-his-enemies-with-a-little-help-from-his-friends/">Don Miller was SojoFriend #1</a> for his eloquent framing of the Gle ...

A Torture Apologist's Flawed Theology
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

The <em>Washington Post </em>has a new op-ed page writer drawing scrutiny for his hearty endorsement of "enhanced interrogation," which translated from Orwellian into English means tortur ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

A Fairness Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"<br /> "Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" ...

An Unsung Catholic Environmental Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Current newspapers and blogs are replete with commentaries on the outcome of the presidential elections, the ailing economy, and life issues, especially abortion. Current newspape ...

Operator? Get Me Jesus On the Line
Originally Posted: 06/30/2014 - 3:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter The first-ever sacred pre-paid phone card series is ...

A Church Reborn
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 9:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Thomas Quigley The pope's visit has inspired Cuban believers. The Catholic Church in Cuba, reduced to a s ...