In a savvy move, President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, which is headed by a pope who has made serving the poor a priority.
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About David Gibson
David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for Religion News Service and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL’s Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.
Will Smith’s Scientology-inspired summer action movie “After Earth” looks like a big bust more than a blockbuster. Is this a trend? And is it because Scientology just doesn’t have a classically religious story to tell?
The “Nuns on the Bus” are going back on the road, this time for immigration reform, and they just released their full schedule: 31 stops and 6500 miles in three weeks, starting May 28 in New Haven, CT, and ending on June 18 in San Francisco.
The story that priests were barred from the Boston bombing scene because of an anti-Christian culture is undone by the Boston archdiocese’s own newspaper, which of course must be in league with the lefty secularists. Yeah, that’s it…
The Wisconsin congressman loves Miller Lite. His friend, the archbishop of New York, hates light beer. Can a bull be far behind?
Sacre bleu! Are South Carolina voters more like the French? And should their disgraced pols be more the the British version?
Republican congressman Paul Ryan, who has touted his Catholic faith as evidence of his social as well as economic conservatism, has come out in favor of gay couples adopting children — a significant break with the Catholic hierarchy, which has even shut down adoption services rather than placing children with same-sex couples.
Less than two years after he blasted the Vatican over its failures to protect children from abusive priests — or help investigate the crimes — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will receive an honorary degree from Boston College. Are bygones bygones?
On Saturday, the one month anniversary of his election, Pope Francis unveiled the team of cardinals he will use to implement an overhaul of the scandal-plagued Roman Curia, This is pretty speedy action for any administration, and constitutes warp speed for the Vatican. Serious business?
The Italian bishops conference sent out a press release congratulating Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola on becoming pope — only Scola didn’t win, as expected. Mamma mia!