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Pelosi and the Pope: A Tale of Two Thursdays

On Thursday, April 17, known as Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday on the 2014 Christian calendar, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Pope Francis both participated in a foot-washing ritual, but apparently with very different goals. Apr 18, 2014 3:58 PM PT

Does a Scrap of Egyptian Papyrus Prove Jesus Was Married?

A paper published on Thursday, April 10, in the Harvard Theological Review cited scientific studies that dated a business-card-sized scrap of papyrus, written in the Egyptian Coptic language, to at least the sixth-to-ninth century and possibly the fourth century. Apr 13, 2014 5:55 PM PT

Buffalo Mass Mob Concept Goes Viral

On Feb. 1, the Associated Press ran a piece on the Buffalo Mass Mob, led by organizer and founder Christopher Byrd, which uses Facebook and Twitter to assemble like-minded lay Catholics and vote on which of a selection of the city's under-attended but beautiful historic churches they're going to attend Mass at on a given weekend. The story got picked up in print, on television, and on the Web – including by Breitbart, which did a Q&A with Byrd a few days later, and even by a site in Denmark – and began to spread. Then the idea itself took root in other cities. Apr 1, 2014 2:10 AM PT

Pope Francis and Obama: Two Tales of One Meeting

On March 27, President Obama met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but the topics of discussion remain in dispute. Whatever was talked about, it's hard to imagine that the pontiff could win over Obama in areas where they disagree, such as religious liberty and human rights for the unborn. Mar 28, 2014 11:32 PM PT

Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner Invite Pope Francis to Address Congress

On Thursday, March 13, the one-year anniversary of the election of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy of the Catholic Church, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House of Representatives--and a Catholic--issued an open invitation to Pope Francis, as Bergoglio is now called, to speak before a joint meeting of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. Mar 14, 2014 7:01 PM PT

Cardinal Mahony's Legacy: L.A. Archdiocese Docs Show Child Sex Abuse Coverup

A question on the minds of a lot of Catholics and non-Catholics alike is why Cardinal Roger Mahony has not faced criminal prosecution, but it's not one that the Vatican can answer. Ultimately, it lies with the Los Angeles County district attorney and the U.S. attorney's office, both of which conducted investigations into allegations that Mahony covered up child abuse accusations and sheltered accused perpetrators in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Feb 26, 2014 2:19 AM PT

Russell Crowe Wants Pope Francis to Screen 'Noah'

When the Catholic Church has approved of something printed about it or the Faith, the book or document bears a stamp that reads Nihil Obstat, a Latin phrase indicating "nothing stands in the way" of it being published, along with the Imprimatur of the local bishop, which means "let it be printed." Feb 25, 2014 10:21 AM PT

'The Francis Effect': Who's Feeling It? Who Isn't?

It appears that the world loves Pope Francis, but American Catholics in particular are resistant to the harder teachings of the Church he heads, with a surge in Mass attendance overseas having yet to break on U.S. shores. Feb 10, 2014 7:13 AM PT

Vatican Takes Rolling Stone to Task for Errors in Pope Francis Profile

Imagine, on Super Bowl Sunday, if a sports reporter piped up and said things like, "Hey, since it's called football, can you touch the ball?" or "Hey, what's with the blocking and tackling? That's kind of mean," or "Hey, touchdowns, those are important, right?" No one would tolerate a sports reporter that showed that level of ignorance about a subject he's chosen to address, but when it comes to the Catholic Church in general and the pope in particular, the under-informed just let their freak flag fly. Feb 2, 2014 7:19 AM PT

Bones of Contention: Catholic Burials for the Remains of Kings Richard III and Alfred?

As the Church of England, known popularly as the Anglican Church – along with its American cousin, the Episcopal Church – struggles to find its place while rapidly incorporating 21st Century social mores and cultural shifts into its flexible theology, there's a temptation to think of England and her national church as one. Jan 27, 2014 10:10 PM PT


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