(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) 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?
Are Americans ready for a nuanced view of the Spanish missionary’s history in California — and his sanctity — when Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. with the canonization of Serra on his agenda? The pontiff’s remarks in Bolivia this week may provide an advance look at his rationale
Father Jim Martin lamented that “no issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality.” Then the digital mob proved him right.
Why everything you have read about the pope’s remarks on the Paris attacks is wrong — except for this …
A definitive statement by the synod and the pope that slams the door on the openings created by many bishops and cardinals. Hence the “freak out.” Will they get it?
A high-level Vatican summit of nearly 200 of the world’s cardinal and bishops has released an interim report at the halfway point of their two-week meeting on how the Catholic Church can better meet the challenges of the modern family. Here’s a look at what the participants and analysts are saying, in tweets:
So Pope Francis didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, but the Vatican is still making news as he watches his hierarchy hash out some hot-button topics. Here it is, in tweets:
Divorce and remarriage, deductive v. inductive theology, and passing references to birth control. Everything you need to know, in as much as 140 character bites can do it justice
The Peoria prelate basically says assurances from Cardinal Edward Egan, Dolan’s predecessor, are at the heart of the unusual public clash of hierarchs.