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Pope Francis

Pope Brings ‘Church for the Poor’ to South America’s Poorest

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South America’s poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart…. Read more »

Rick Santorum’s Ugly Pope Francis Bashing: Why the Catholic in the GOP Field Keeps Maligning Other Catholics

  (Salon) – In 2012, long-ago Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got attention as the only Catholic in the GOP presidential primary race. It’s sadly noteworthy: our country has had only one Catholic president in its history (Joe Biden is our first Catholic vice president). Rather than looking out for Catholics, though, Santorum made a big… Read more »

The Religious Right’s No. 1 Enemy: What Pope Francis’ Recognition of Palestine Really Means

Patricia Miller, SALON   VATICAN (Salon.com) — News that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestinian statehood in a new treaty may have less of an impact on the relationship between the Holy See and Palestine than on the already fraught relationship between Pope Francis and an increasingly disgruntled Catholic and evangelical right here in the… Read more »

Pope to Visit Notoriously Violent Bolivia Prison in SA Trip

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will visit a notoriously violent prison in Bolivia, a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay and a home for the elderly in Ecuador during his July 5-12 visit to South America. The Vatican on Friday released the itinerary for Francis’ second visit to his home continent,… Read more »

Pope Accepts Resignation of Bishop Who Didn’t Report Abuse

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who was convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. Bishop Robert Finn, who led the… Read more »

U.S. Catholics Lead in Concern about Climate Change: Yale Study

  VATICAN (Reuters)—Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year. A study released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has found that more Catholics in the United States are worried about global warming than other Christian groups and they… Read more »

Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year

  (Time) – Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. Priests and pastors often tell you that outside of Christmas, more people show up to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year—including Easter…. Read more »

Pope Francis is Poised to Change Catholicism Forever

  ROME (Crux Now) — Because he’s such a beguiling media personality, Pope Francis says and does lots of things that get spun as revolutionary but really aren’t. Saying Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits,” for instance, is irresistible as a sound-bite, but remarkably old-hat as official teaching. Saturday, however, shapes up as the real deal,… Read more »

Pope’s Sex Abuse Commission Alarmed by Spanking Comment

Nicole Winfield, ASSOCIATED PRESS   VATICAN CITY (AP) — Members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission have criticized his remarks that it is OK for parents to spank their children, saying there is no place for physical discipline and that the commission would be making recommendations to him about protecting kids from corporal punishment. The… Read more »

Pope: ‘Inhuman’ Conditions for Migrants on US-Mexico Border

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination. Francis made the appeal in a letter to a Jesuit priest who helps organize Catholic… Read more »

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