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Vatican Reporter John Allen on the Francis Effect and the War on Christians

On Sunday, November 3, National Catholic Reporter Vatican correspondent and CNN analyst John L. Allen stopped by American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, CA, on a lecture tour that is also promoting his most recent book, The Global War on Christians: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution. Nov 11, 2013 4:00 PM PT

Vatican Letter to U.S. Bishops Targets Self-Proclaimed Medjugorje Seer

Anyone can claim to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary or Jesus, but even if lots of people believe it, that does not mean it gets the Roman Catholic Church's seal of approval. And until a ruling is made, the Vatican does not want to encourage any confusion about the validity of the claim. Nov 7, 2013 3:13 PM PT

Pope Francis Suspends German Bishop Accused of Financial Profligacy

Since being elected to the Chair of Peter in March, Pope Francis has emphasized simplicity and humility--particularly for career-minded or high-living clerics--along with fiscal responsibility and transparency, through his examination of the finances of both the Vatican and the "Vatican bank," a k a the Institute for the Works of Religion. Oct 27, 2013 1:49 AM PT

Pope Francis Profiled Sunday on FBN

On Sunday, Oct. 20, a one-hour documentary called "Francis: The Pope From the New World" will air on Fox Business Network at 5 PM ET (live in all time zones). Oct 19, 2013 9:29 AM PT

Pope Francis' Week Ends with Visit to Saint Francis' Hometown of Assisi

In a normal week, the visit of Pope Francis to Assisi, the Umbria, Italy, hometown of his papal-name inspiration, the 13th-century mystic Saint Francis--famed for the above quotation, despite there being zero evidence he ever actually said it--would have been the big headline out of the Vatican. Oct 6, 2013 3:01 AM PT

'Bergoglio's List': Francis's Pre-Papacy Role Saving Dissidents from Argentina's Military Dictatorship

On Sept. 7, Pope Francis declared a day of prayer and fasting to urge national leaders to come to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria. The Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church spoke passionately in his homily to those assembled in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican of the cost of armed conflict, saying, "As if it were normal, we continue to sow destruction, pain, death! Violence and war lead only to death, they speak of death! Violence and war are the language of death!" Oct 1, 2013 10:50 PM PT

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


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