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Pope Francis

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 »

Pope Orders Bishops to Cooperate with Sex Abuse Commission

  (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to cooperate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals. The pope, who met victims of abuse last year, sent the letter to the… Read more »

Pope Praises Big Families After ‘Like Rabbits’ Remark

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised big families on Wednesday as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” made headlines this week. Francis said numerous children don’t cause poverty in the developing world, as some have suggested, and that the real cause… Read more »

Pope: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed ‘Like Rabbits’

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate… Read more »

Vatican: Pope’s Charlie Hebdo Comments Do Not Justify Attack

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while… Read more »

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