Vatican Calls Plastic Surgery ‘a Burqa Made of Flesh’

Published on February 3, 2015

Pope Francis has called for more women in the International Theological Commission, even after tripling the number of women on the team this past September.… READ MORE

Cardinal’s demotion helps Pope Francis quell ‘conservative backlash’ — for now

by Adam Shaw
Published on November 21, 2014

Pope Francis is drawing rock star raves for softening the Vatican’s image on such issues as homosexuality, capitalism and divorce, but his celebrated tolerance doesn’t… READ MORE

Catholics hope pope will visit Arizona border in 2015

by Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan Van Velzer
Published on November 20, 2014

Pope Francis has spoken out frequently in defense of migrants worldwide since taking over as head of the Roman Catholic Church nearly two years ago.… READ MORE

‘Thrilled’ at news of papal visit, Philadelphia Catholics thinking big

by Matthew Gambino  |  published on November 20, 2014
After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and joys of the event is sinking in for planners, civic officials and ordinary Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It will be a “once-in-a-lifetime chance for Philadelphia to shine,” Daniel Hilferty called the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which will… READ MORE

Calm down, liberal and conservative Catholics, the church won’t break

by Charlotte Allen
Published on November 18, 2014

Conservative and liberal Catholics don’t agree on much at the moment, but they do agree on one thing: The Catholic Church is headed toward a… READ MORE

Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

by Laura Ieraci
Published on November 18, 2014

The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in… READ MORE

Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

by Cindy Wooden
Published on November 13, 2014

Pope Francis condemned the “absurd violence” being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the… READ MORE

Pope Francis Creates Panel to Process ‘Backlog’ of Appeals From Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

by Michael Gryboski
Published on November 13, 2014

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis will set up a panel to help process the “backlog” of appeals from priests who’ve been accused of… READ MORE

‘Pagan Christians’ go to church, but don’t put God first, pope says

by Cindy Wooden
Published on November 10, 2014

People who go to church on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week cultivating their attachment to money, power and pride are “pagan Christians,”… READ MORE

Could Pope Francis cause a schism in the Catholic Church?

by David Gibson
Published on November 7, 2014

Many conservative Catholics have long viewed Pope Francis with suspicion thanks to his effort to shift the church’s focus away from a culture war agenda… READ MORE