VATICAN CITY (RNS) A week before Pope Francis reaches the critical 100-day mark, Alessandro Speciale takes stock of his young papacy and what Francis’ early days say about this most unconventional of popes.
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About Alessandro Speciale
Alessandro Speciale has been covering the Vatican since 2007 and wrote for Religion News Service from 2011-2013. Born in Rome, he studied literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and journalism at City University, London. He has appeared as an expert on Vatican affairs on CNN, BBC World and Al Jazeera English.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Both Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby stand in stark contrast to their bookish predecessors, and they may find they have much to agree on when they have their first get-to-know-you meeting.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Weeks after authorizing a continued investigation of American nuns, Pope Francis told a group of nuns and priests from Latin America not to worry if they found themselves under similar scrutiny.
(RNS) Pope Francis will remain in Rome this summer, unlike his predecessor, Benedict XVI, who used to spend three months at Castel Gandolfo, the papal retreat.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry,” Pope Francis said during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The head of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank admitted that it must address its tarnished reputation, even among Catholics, even as he defended the institute’s recent efforts towards financial transparency.
ROME (RNS) The scroll had been stored for centuries in the archives of the University of Bologna, but had been mislabeled in 1889 as dating from the 17th century.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) For centuries, popes sponsored the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raffaello or Bernini, but the marriage between art and faith became estranged in modern times. With a new exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennial art festival, the Vatican hopes to revive church patronage of the arts.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the number of Catholic priests in the Americas and in Europe is declining compared to the overall Catholic population, those losses were offset by increasing ranks of permanent deacons.