(RNS) The appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich, a prelate closely identified with the Catholic Church’s progressive wing, to succeed Cardinal Francis George could upend decades of conservative dominance of the American hierarchy.
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About David Gibson
David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for Religion News Service and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL’s Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.
Eighteen Catholic bishops from across the U.S. led a peace pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where they examined the devastation left by recent conflict in Gaza. They also wanted to deliver a message: Prayer is powerful; peace is possible.
Word is that the top US conservative in the Vatican is set for a fall 9with a soft landing), while Pope Francis invites the Chinese president to visit. Christian tattoos? Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf, is back, and so is Phil Robertson, oy vey.
NEW YORK (RNS) While a dozen Catholic saints are classified as Americans, New Jersey native Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich would be only the second saint born in the United States.
NEW YORK (RNS) The Catholic League will not march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan is still taking most of the heat.
Now, with the Islamic State on the march in the Middle East, leaving a trail of horrifying brutality and bloodshed that has shocked the world, some of Pope Benedict’s allies on the Catholic right are saying, in effect, “He told you so.”
The new Apple products may be the big religion news, if you are into devotions and doctrinal disputes. But there are plenty of other fascinating spiritual phenomena, new and old, today.
(RNS) It’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming tour of the “Nuns of the Bus” crew, which hits the road next week for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.
NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s positive reaction to this week’s decision by organizers of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to allow gay groups to march initially drew charitable responses. Then some Catholics turned.