(RNS) The Philadelphia churchman is known as a staunch conservative, and as someone who may not see eye to eye with Francis on the church’s approach to the world. Here is the text of his speech today to the synod.
(RNS) With comments to Congress on abolishing the death penalty and by declaring a “right of the environment” at the United Nations, the pontiff may be pushing the envelope on Catholic doctrine — not that anyone will admit it.
(RNS) “Pope Francis will clarify that he never said he wants to abolish the market, but that he said the market needs a purification,” according to a Vatican official who has seen earlier drafts of the highly-anticipated talk.
(RNS) Looks like American conservatives and Obama critics are more upset than anyone else. “I would love to visit and talk to gay and lesbian people,” Francis said recently.
(RNS) The “pope of surprises” went eyeglass shopping in downtown Rome, giving passersby the selfie of a lifetime — but telling the shop owner he only wanted new lenses, the old frames are fine. Maybe he needs to sharpen his vision ahead of his U.S. trip?
(RNS) The encounter may spark another round of heated speculation about what it signals about Francis’ intentions – a change in church policy or doctrine? Or nothing more than an act of kindness toward an aging rebel who continues to bless divorced and gay couples and others on the church’s margins?
The Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon acknowledges that he did research using tissue from aborted fetuses. He says that’s OK, but anti-abortion ethicists disagree.
(RNS) The release of a series of undercover Planned Parenthood videos has sparked a return to the anti-abortion strategy of using graphic language and images rather than gentler persuasion. But will it work?
WASHINGTON (RNS) How will U.S. political leaders welcome Pope Francis when he makes his first visit to the U.S., and the nation’s capital? Part of the answer may have emerged when House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on “Face the Nation” earlier this month.