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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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Reformist Priest Sees Potential Ally in Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

An Austrian priest who’s been banned from speaking at Roman Catholic churches during his three-week U.S. tour said Pope Francis could be an ally in reforming the Catholic Church, but said it will take more tha ...

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 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. ...

Obama Picks Former CRS Head as New Vatican Ambassador
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Ha ...

International Criminal Court Dismisses Abuse Claims Against the Vatican
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

A campaign to hold former Pope Benedict XVI responsible for crimes against humanity floundered on Thursday as the International Criminal Court in The Hague threw out a case filed by victims of clergy sex abuse ...

5 Things We've Learned From Pope Francis' First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years, he left behind a Roman Catholic Church weakened by scandals, beset by infighting and suffering from a gen ...

Pope Francis: Wasting Food is Like Stealing from the Poor
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 5:21pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced consumerism and what he called the “culture of waste” of modern economies, especially when it comes to food. Pope Francis on Wednesday denounce ...

Pope Francis: God Redeemed Everyone, ‘Not Just Catholics’
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is warning Catholics not to demonize those who are not members of the church, and he specifically defended atheists, saying that building walls against non-Catholics leads to “killing in the name ...

Vatican Revives its Ancient Patronage of the Arts
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 7:42am | Type: Blog

In a bid to revive its ancient tradition of arts patronage, the Holy See will participate with its own pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, a leading international arts festival. ...

The Pope We've Been Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger To have the "poor one" at the center of the Catholic faith is right and just. I W ...

Three Popes at Vatican as Francis Welcomes Head of Egypt’s Copts
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday met with Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, an encounter that brought the number of popes within the Vatican walls to three this week. ...

Former Pope Benedict XVI to Return to the Vatican on Thursday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Blog

More than two months after his resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on Thursday to live in a small convent that has been recently renovated for his needs. ...

John Paul II, Oscar Romero, and the Politics of Making Saints
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:45am | 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’ Preaching Style is Low-Key and Mostly Private
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especially, where you say it. When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especiall ...

Pope Francis Redirects Employee Bonuses to Charity
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican employees won’t receive the special bonus they are traditionally awarded when a new pope is elected, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday, under orders from Pope Francis to give extra money to charity ins ...

Pope Francis Orders Overhaul of U.S. Nuns to Continue
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Nearly a year after the Vatican announced a makeover of the largest umbrella group for American nuns, Pope Francis has directed that the overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious continue. ...

'Pacem in Terris' — 50 Years Later
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 11:39am | Type: Blog

On April 11, 1963 Pope John XXIII published an encyclical some initially dismissed as naive and myopic, as too liberal and too lofty. But today, his "Pacem in Terris" is generally lauded as genius an ...

Vatican Gets Behind Adult Stem Cell Research
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research. ...

Pope Francis and a New Vision of Catholic Reform
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

From the very first moment of his unexpected election as Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has embraced a series of small departures from established tradition. ...

Can Pope Francis Really Reform the Vatican?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has won widespread acclaim thus far in his nascent papacy with popular gestures like washing the feet of juveniles during Holy Week and refusing many papal perks. But now comes the hard part of hi ...

Pope Francis a Huge Hit With U.S. Catholics (For Now)
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 2:10pm | 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 ...

Pope Francis Says Women Play a ‘Fundamental’ Role Within the Church
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as those who are mostly responsible for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. ...

When the New Pope Meets the Old Pope: Awkward?
Originally Posted: 03/22/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

Now that the cardinals have elected and installed their new boss, Pope Francis can get to work being the Roman Catholic pontiff, with his next order of business doing something no other pope has done in centur ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

The Story Behind Pope Francis’ Election
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Last Sunday night, the Rev. Thomas Rosica was walking through the Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic center when he bumped into Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who he has known for years. Bergoglio was walking alone, ...

The Pope and the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Press

March 15, 2013 Sojo in the News Mark Engler ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

March 14, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

An 'Unsettling:' Non-Catholics and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the white smoke got in my eyes, and rather than confusing my sight, it’s made things a little clearer. When I heard about the white smoke on Wednesday, I wrote on my ...

'Rebuild My Church'
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Will simplicity and social justice become the witness of the Roman Catholic Church around the world — and will it emanate from the first pope from the Global South, which is clearly the growing future of the c ...

Bergoglio: A Pope of Paradox for a Church in Transition
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:24pm | Type: Blog

What, in fact, does the election of Francis say about the Catholic Church at this point in its history? VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where th ...

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected as Pope Francis I
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:17pm | Type: Blog

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope Francis I on Wednesday, after only two days of voting in the conclave tasked with choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. ...

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican: Prayers to ‘Shatter the Stained-Glass Ceiling’ of Leadership
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

As cardinals in the Vatican wrapped up the first day of the conclave with no decision on the next pope, a small crowd assembled on the steps of the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle here in Washington, D.C., ...

Papal Election is Anyone’s to Win … or Lose
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen, a top Vaticanologist, perceived four main camps pushing different types of candidates: a pope who would overhaul the Roman Curia, the pontiff’s dysfunctional civil serv ...

Black Smoke: First Day of Conclave Ends Without New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:27pm | Type: Blog

Black smoke from the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel signaled that the first day of the conclave ended without the election of a new pope. VATICAN CITY — Black smoke from the chim ...

Cardinals Begin Conclave to Elect the Next Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

The doors of the Sistine Chapel closed behind the cardinals on Tuesday, marking the official start of the conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The 115 cardinal-electors walked in proces ...

Vatican Makes Final Preparations for Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

As the Vatican prepares for the opening of the conclave today to elect a new pope, officials announced that the personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI will return to Rome for the first time since Bened ...

Sistine Chapel Plays a Key Role in Electing a New Pope
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

As if the task of choosing the Vicar of Christ and the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics wasn’t daunting enough, the voting must also take place under the gaze of Michelangelo’s brilliant but imposin ...

The ‘Tough Guy’ Option: Picking a Pope to Serve as Sheriff
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Is now the time for a pope who could be more of a Ratzinger than a Benedict? VATICAN CITY — Amid all of the prognosticating about who the cardinals could choose as the next pope i ...

Vatican: Conclave To Start on Tuesday
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

The conclave to pick a new pope will begin on Tuesday the Vatican said on Friday, resolving an open question that had dogged the cardinals meeting here over the past week. VATICAN ...

Cardinals Move to Plug Leaks Ahead of Papal Conclave
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Tensions among the Roman Catholic cardinals meeting here to choose a new pope appeared to escalate on Wednesday as the American prelates in Rome canceled their daily press briefing under pressure from colleagu ...