The pope sent an extraordinary letter to both Obama and Castro over the summer. The letter “gave us greater impetus and momentum for us to move forward,” the administration official said.
The Catholic Church asked that America’s women religious “carefully review their spiritual practices and ministry.”
The rocker was invited by Pope Francis to appear in the Concerto di Natale in Rome on December 13th.
The pontiff will make his first visit to the U.S. in September 2015 when he arrived in Philadelphia.
Cardinal Raymond Burke has been a major thorn in the Pontiff’s side while he seeks to modernize the Catholic Church.
“When we read the account of creation in Genesis, we risk thinking that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand, able to do everything,” he said. “But it is not like that.”
At the request of many readers, BuzzFeed News has published a full transcript of its interview with Cardinal Burke in which he confirms his removal from the Catholic Church’s highest court.
Changes to the English translation of the interim report from the Synod on the Family is the latest sign of the depth of the backlash in Rome.
The Apple Watch is just the beginning.
“For too long a time in Europe, pro-life people did not really say clearly and directly what they believe.” After years on the margins of European politics, social conservatives are learning to fight back.
Some are calling the meeting a publicity stunt, which the Vatican strongly denies.
The fact that Vatican City is just a walk across the bridge from Italy’s Parliament goes a long way to explain why Italy is still the only nation in Western Europe with no partnership rights for same-sex couples — but that may be about to change.
Twenty-six Italian women, claiming to be in relationships with Catholic priests, want the Pope to make the Catholic church’s celibacy requirement optional.
A mass co-celebrated by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict was watched by roughly 1 million pilgrims.
Because who doesn’t want a papal shot glass?
Pope Francis took some time out from his general audience on Wednesday to work on his selfie game.
Widely considered one of the architects of Catholic feminist theology, the 72-year-old nun and professor has often clashed with institutional leaders — including the future pope — in her fight for equality in the clergy.
Civil unions “aren’t up to the pope, they’re up to us,” the Vatican’s head of doctrine told an LGBT activist in October.
The pontiff dropped the F-bomb in Italian.
The bird said “papa” (the Italian word for “pope”) when he perched on the pontiff’s hand.
Its a bird… It’s a plane… It’s SUPERPOPE. Or, it was.
The papal gesture made a seagull and a crow very happy.
Secretary Kerry told reporters that the president is “looking forward” to meeting the pope at the Vatican.
Highlights from the new leader of the Catholic Church’s remarkable year.
As a young student in Buenos Aires, the future pope worked in a bar to support himself.
Pope Francis blessed a man with facial deformities during today’s general audience at the Vatican.
The Vatican has started its own club to bring together cricket-crazy clerics from around the world.
More than 6,000 medallions to commemorate the start of Pope Francis’s papacy bore Lesus on them.