(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?
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
NEW YORK (RNS) American Christians know so little about their fellow believers in the region, or even that such Christians exist, that Middle East church leaders like Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart face an uphill battle.
The U.S. church not only marks the passing of Cardinal Francis George this week, but also the 80th birthday of Cardinal Justin Rigali — which means American representation in the College of Cardinals is significantly diminished, and at risk of declining further if Francis doesn’t act.
“It’s sometimes very difficult to listen to the pope and some of the things he says off the cuff, and this is one of them,” the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender said about the pontiff’s caution against Catholics breeding “like rabbits.”