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Do U.S. Catholics Have to Obey Bishops on Immigration Reform?

Of late, the United States Council of Catholic Bishops has been very vocal in its support of the latest version of immigration reform moving through Congress. It is making a particular push this month, even urging pastors to speak to the issue from pulpits. Sep 13, 2013 5:10 PM PT

Pope Francis Talks Tough on Behalf of Peace in Syria

In the two millennia since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church, communication from popes has traditionally been in formal language through formal means. Those days are over. Nothing illustrates that more clearly than what has been coming out in recent days from the @Pontifex Twitter feed in reaction to the escalating violence in Syria. Sep 4, 2013 4:36 PM PT

A New Scouting Organization Brings Faith to the Forest

Ongoing controversies surrounding the membership, leadership and policies of the Boy Scouts of America have left a lot of parents unsure of what other changes may come to the BSA in the future. Among the responses to these concerns were calls for new alternative scouting groups (there are several existing ones) more strongly focused on specifically Christian beliefs and moral standards. Sep 3, 2013 9:04 PM PT

G.K. Chesterton: Making the Case for Sainthood in Hollywood

Is there room in the pantheon of Roman Catholic saints for a six-foot four-inch, 300-pound mustachioed writer, who loved (possibly in this order) his wife Frances, cigars, a good meal, a stiff drink, his walking stick, his cape and his sombrero, and who produced a prodigious amount of words, including plays, novels, literary and social criticism, poetry, essays, and examinations of faith? Aug 30, 2013 12:33 PM PT

World Youth Day: Pope Francis Worships with Millions on Rio's Copacabana Beach

By local estimates, 3 million people gathered on the night of Saturday, July 27, on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to sing and pray with Pope Francis, in the penultimate celebration of the 28th edition of the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day, held during this past week in the Brazilian city. Jul 28, 2013 7:10 AM PT

Pope Francis Faces Hard Work Back in Rome After World Youth Day

In his first major overseas event since being elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church in March, Pope Francis has kept a whirlwind schedule at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But when he gets back to the Vatican, things aren’t about to slow down. Jul 27, 2013 12:33 PM PT

Pope Francis Urges Faithful to Resist 'Ephemeral Idols'

In in his first public Mass at the 2013 World Youth Day global gathering of Roman Catholic young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis hit upon already-familiar themes of his papacy. He urged Christians to have hope and joy and to reject material things as a source of ultimate satisfaction, which is found only in faith. Jul 25, 2013 5:05 PM PT

Pope Francis Talks the Future of Jobless Youth at World Youth Day Debut

Francis addressed global economic woes, which make it increasingly difficult for young people, even college-educated ones, to find good jobs that would allow them to become self-sufficient and raise families. “We have the risk of having a generation that did not have work,” said Francis, emphasizing the role of work in forming the “dignity of the person.” Jul 23, 2013 3:55 PM PT

Report: Pope Francis Appointee Has History of Gay Affairs

On July 18, Sandro Magister, a longtime, respected reporter on Vatican issues, published a piece in the weekly L’Espresso magazine, titled “The Prelate of the Gay Lobby.” In it, he claimed that 57-year-old Monsignor Battista Ricca, a veteran Vatican diplomat recently appointed by Pope Francis to serve as his representative, or “prelate,” at the Vatican bank, has long been living a not-very-secret double life. Jul 21, 2013 5:32 PM PT

Is Pope Francis Being Indulgent with Sinners on Twitter?

A headline in the tech blog Mashable a few days ago proclaimed “Pope Francis to Forgive Your Sins via Twitter,” setting off a flurry of other headlines about how following the pontiff via his @pontifex address could get you absolved of sin and put in the priority lane in Purgatory. Jul 19, 2013 5:42 PM PT

Is the Pope’s New Encyclical an Infallible Document?

An encyclical – from the Greek word egkyklios, with kyklos meaning a circle – is a circular letter, sent from the pope to instruct a particular audience, usually bishops of a specific country or to all the bishops of the Roman Catholic world. Jul 8, 2013 12:13 PM PT

Poor Suffer Most When Catholic Schools Close

When President Barack Obama, in mid-June remarks to a town-hall meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, equated the city’s separate Catholic and Protestant schools to racial segregation in the United States, he became the target of sharp criticism from Catholic clerics and educators both in Ireland and the U.S. Jul 2, 2013 11:38 AM PT

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