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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Real Lesson Of The Alfie Evans Tragedy

The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents’ wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation. The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would have kept him on life-support. […]

April 30, 2018

Bernie Sanders Calls For Global Social Justice At The Vatican

Bernie Sanders visited the Vatican to deliver a familiar message: that the global economic and political system must work for everyone.

April 15, 2016
Bernie Sanders Rally

Sanders Was Invited To Rome By Vatican Academy, Not Pope Francis

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was invited to the Vatican, but not by Pope Francis. It turns out the Vermont senator was invited to speak at a conference held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, an academy founded by the Vatican.

April 12, 2016

Pope Did Not Give Unconditional Support To Clerk In Gay Marriage Row: Vatican

The Vatican is backing away from the controversy, saying that Kim Davis was one of “several dozen” people that Pope Francis met — and he wasn’t the one who invited her.

October 2, 2015

Vatican Hopes Pope’s Cuba Trip Helps End U.S. Embargo

The Vatican Secretary of State said the Holy See had always opposed the trade and economic embargo against Cuba because it hurt ordinary people most.

September 17, 2015
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

The Real Big Speech? The Pope Might Visit Congress

Forget President Obama; Pope Francis might be the most famous visitor to the Capitol this year.

January 21, 2015
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Pontiff Wrong On Limiting Freedom Of Expression

Pope Francis should know that freedom of speech is nonnegotiable.

January 19, 2015

Pope Seeks End To ‘Scandalous’ Inequality, Corruption In Philippines

See Pope Francis’ latest condemnation of inequality.

January 16, 2015
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Pope: If Someone Insults My Mother, I Would Punch Them

Do NOT insult Pope Francis’ mom.

January 15, 2015
Pope Francis speaks during the audience of the Curia, the administrative apparatus of the Holy See, at the Vatican on December 22, 2014

Pope Denounces Hypocrisy, Greed, And Mudslinging Within Vatican Walls

Get the highlights from Pope Francis’ scathing speech.

December 22, 2014
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Pope Francis Helped Pave Bridge Between U.S. And Cuba

How an unlikely outsider helped bring the United States and Cuba together.

December 19, 2014
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Pope Congratulates U.S., Cuba On Historic Thaw

Pope Francis is speaking out in favor of the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

December 17, 2014

Rockin’ At The Synod

Pope Francis wants to talk about sex.

October 8, 2014

Pope Wants Free Debate During Vatican Summit On Family

Pope Francis wants to have a discussion where participants listen with humility to different viewpoints at a summit on Catholic church teachings and modern lifestyles.

October 6, 2014

Pope’s Reported Comments On Clergy Abuse Stir Controversy

By Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2 percent of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy Sunday, as the Vatican sought to raise questions about the article’s accuracy and others called on the pope to take more action on the issue. The remarks, reported in the […]

July 14, 2014

New Vatican Bank Chief Vows Focus On ‘Catholic, Ethical Investments’

By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The newly appointed head of the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for Religious Works, pledged on Wednesday to focus on “Catholic, ethical investments,” as part of plans to clean up the scandal-plagued institution. Over the decades, the Vatican bank has been involved in a long list of financial scandals, allegedly […]

July 9, 2014

Pope Slams Church Complicity In Child Sex Abuse

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the “terrible darkness” at the heart of the Catholic Church. At his long-awaited first meeting with victims, the pope reached out to the tens […]

July 7, 2014

Vatican Acknowledges Being Out Of Step With Ordinary Catholics

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican acknowledged Thursday that many Catholics do not understand or follow its teachings on marriage and sexual ethics as it commented the results of a worldwide consultation. In the past months, ordinary Catholics were polled on hot-button issues as part of Vatican preparations for the Synod, a special bishops’ meeting that […]

June 26, 2014

Pope Ends Holy Land Pilgrimage

By Ofira Koopmans, DPA JERUSALEM — Pope Francis balanced out a prior detour to Israel’s controversial West Bank wall outside Bethlehem with a visit to a monument honoring the victims of suicide bombers in Jerusalem as he wrapped up his Holy Land pilgrimage Monday. The pope ended a historic, three-day Holy Land pilgrimage, rife with […]

May 26, 2014

Pope’s Plan To Say Mass In Jerusalem Spot Three Faiths Claim Roils Tensions

By Daniella Cheslow, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — The Cenacle, named for the Latin word for dinner, is testament to the layers of religious history in Jerusalem — and the trouble that competing faiths can cause. According to tradition, it was in the Cenacle that Jesus ate a Passover feast the night before his Crucifixion, instituting […]

May 23, 2014

Rabbi, Muslim Leader To Accompany Pope On Middle East Trip

By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church will be accompanied by a rabbi and a Muslim leader on a trip to the Middle East this month, the Vatican said Thursday, hailing Pope Francis’ symbolic gesture as “formidable.” Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, both based in Buenos Aires, are longtime friends […]

May 15, 2014

Vatican Seeks To Prevent Sex Abuse Debate At U.N. Hearing

GENEVA — A United Nations hearing on the Vatican’s compliance with the international anti-torture convention should not be used to review sex abuse scandals, a Vatican envoy made clear Monday at the start of the session. The Holy See faced the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva as part of that body’s regular country review […]

May 5, 2014

Italy Priests To Give Up Salary In Honor Of Canonized John XXIII

VATICAN CITY — Priests in the northern Italian town of Bergamo will be asked to give up a month of their salaries to fund charity projects in the name of the soon-to-be-saint Pope John XXIII, Vatican officials said Monday. John XXIII, who led the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death in 1963, came from […]

March 31, 2014

Contraception Debate Clouds Obama’s Vatican Visit

By Tangi Quemener and Laure Brumont Vatican City (AFP) — U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of his admiration for Pope Francis and invited him to the United States at their first talks on Thursday, but got a reprimand for contraception clauses in his healthcare reform act. Obama said he had been “extremely moved” by the […]

March 27, 2014

Francis’ Anti-Imperial Papacy

WASHINGTON — Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan’s game. They can be so otherworldly that they offer no guidance to those […]

March 13, 2014