Entertainment

Aretha Franklin Has a Song, and a Gift, for the Pope

NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Getting Aretha Franklin to sing for you could be considered a gift in itself. But the Queen of Soul has something special for Pope Francis when she performs for him at the Festival of Families Read More

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Religion

Many Catholics Ignore Teachings on Sex

Nicole Winfield, ASSOCIATED PRESS   VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to “close our eyes to anything” when it opens a two-year debate on some of the Read More

Religion

Obama, Francis to Meet Amid Shared Economic View

JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president Read More

Religion

Vatican to Legion: Reform Has Only Just Begun

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican delegate running the troubled Legion of Christ urged its priests on Wednesday to elect a new leadership worthy of authority, after suffering for years from shame and suspicion following revelations that its founder was a pedophile. He said the Read More

Op-Ed

Pope Wants End to Economic Inequality

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist   “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.  Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.  It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  Read More

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Op-Ed

The American Dream Lives! But…

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   The American Dream lives! It’s the current American reality that’s become a nightmare for millions upon millions whose lives, occupations and economic stability once seemed to embody it. A new survey released Thanksgiving week by the Washington Post and the Read More

World

War, Poverty, Repression: Why So Many Africans Risk Their Lives to Migrate

Pope Francis lamented the mass drowning of African boat people off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday as “shameful” evidence of human indifference to those in despair. President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy, where tens of thousands of desperate migrants cast up on remote shores Read More