What was supposed to be a brief courtesy visit by the pope to the president at his Carondolet palace on Monday ran much longer than expected when Correa escorted Francis down a winding reception line.
A guitar-playing, devout Irish Catholic who is in favor of abortion and gay marriage, abolishing the death penalty, and passed the DREAM Act. Meet Martin O’Malley.
In honor of Pride Week, The National Memo features American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, And Politics by Dan Savage, New York Times bestselling author and founder of It Gets Better, a non-profit organization that assists and protects LGBT youth. Savage’s deeply personal book details his experiences as an advocate for the LGBT community and the son […]
By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Even as the Supreme Court considers one challenge to the Obama administration’s rule that female employees be offered health plans that include a full range of contraceptives, lawyers for the several prominent Catholic groups are seeking to set up a potential Round 2 in the fight. In […]
By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau VATICAN CITY — Greeting a man he calls an “inspiration,” President Barack Obama paid his first visit to Pope Francis on Thursday, opening a meeting the White House hopes will highlight the leaders’ shared views on economic inequality and poverty and perhaps drown out the president’s conflicts with the Catholic […]
By Lornet Turnbull, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — In November, the priest at Assumption Catholic Church in North Seattle mailed a letter of welcome to parishioners, including members long dormant — those divorced and remarried, gay, tired or simply disillusioned. “We are living in exciting times,” Father Oliver Duggan told them. “Our church, which so many […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election with a typically humble message, telling his followers on Twitter: “Please pray for me.” No celebrations were planned for the occasion. “Today the Pope is doing nothing special or different from other days. He prays,” Vatican spokesman the […]
By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect. The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been trying to steer the Catholic church toward a greater […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church is “a normal person,” Pope Francis insisted in an interview published Wednesday, in which he said he was offended by media portrayals of him as “some kind of Superman.” Since his election a year ago, Francis’ popularity has skyrocketed. He is seen as […]