Kate O'Hare

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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

The Vatican: What Is the 'Gay Lobby' and Why Is It a Problem?

In the modern world of gender politics, sexual proclivities and personal identity are often conflated, frequently on purpose, for political or social reasons. But the Roman Catholic Church holds the view that a person’s human dignity and intrinsic worth as a child of God are not contingent on his or her sexuality. Jun 20, 2013 1:36 PM PT

Pope Francis Washes Prisoners' Feet on Holy Thursday

As the Roman Catholic Church settles into its new era under its first pope named Francis, it seems the spirit of the pontiff’s saintly namesake may be inspiring him to break with tradition. Mar 21, 2013 10:02 PM PT

From St. Francis to Pope Francis

The Roman Catholic Church has its first Pope Francis, who has taken his name from one of the most recognized and beloved of Catholic saints, Francis of Assisi. Mar 15, 2013 6:08 AM PT

Francis First Jesuit Pope

This morning, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, a Jesuit priest born in Argentina to parents of Italian ancestry, was elected leader of Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Francis. Mar 13, 2013 6:04 PM PT

Ghana's Peter Turkson Unlikely to Rock Boat if Elected Pope

Progressive media’s attempt to create a narrative that links the presidency of Barack Obama and the papal potential of Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson (he’s been a favorite of some odds-makers) glosses over something very important – just who Turkson is as a person and what he believes. Mar 12, 2013 11:09 PM PT

Cardinals Make Solemn Oath Before Papal Vote

Black smoke – quite a lot of it, so there was no mistake – poured from the Sistine Chapel smokestack Tuesday night, at 7:41 PM Rome time, signaling that the first vote of the Roman Catholic cardinal-electors on a new pontiff did not produce a necessary two-thirds majority. Mar 12, 2013 9:36 PM PT

Watching the Cardinals as the Conclave Begins

The Roman Catholic cardinals gathered at the Vatican in Rome to elect a new pope have entered the Sistine Chapel to start the conclave. They will literally be locked in the historic structure until their work is finished. Mar 12, 2013 9:29 AM PT

Cardinals Celebrate Mass in Rome on Laetare Sunday

Both Advent, leading up to Christmas, and Lent, leading up to Easter, are solemn times in the Roman Catholic Church. But midway through both, there’s a bit of a break, with a Sunday dedicated to joy. Mar 10, 2013 2:27 PM PT

College of Cardinals Prays for Grace in Papal Selection Process

Held at St. Peter’s Basilica – built in honor of the Apostle the Church reveres as the first pope, who, according to tradition, is buried below it – on Wednesday, March 6, the service began with a rosary recited chiefly in Latin, with all the cardinals participating. Mar 7, 2013 3:47 AM PT

Sistine Chapel Closes Doors in Preparation for Papal Voting

On Tuesday, March 5, day two of the General Congregation of the College of Cardinals in Rome, the Vatican closed the doors to the Sistine Chapel, the best-known chapel inside the Apostolic Palace, the pope’s official residence in Vatican City. It is known for its glorious Renaissance frescoes, including Michelangelo’s famed “The Last Judgment.” Mar 5, 2013 8:46 PM PT

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