(RNS) Upcoming trips to Asia highlight Pope Francis’ push to globalize and reform a Catholic Church that is still very much centered on what happens in Rome.
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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.
Time to go to the mountaintop, to recall suffering and transformation. The U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Japan this day in 1945, and Pope Paul VI died in 1978. And the present pope says the Beatitudes are the way to Heaven…
(RNS) A priest with a troubled past in Pennsylvania who resurfaced in Paraguay was “recommended by some cardinals with roles in the Vatican,” including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
(RNS) Despite the almost universal popularity of Pope Francis, the House of Representatives was unable to muster enough bipartisan support to pass a resolution honoring Francis’ election — nearly 18 months ago.
(RNS) “Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when he said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,'” Jesuit leader Thomas H. Smolich admonished House members who graduated from Jesuit schools and colleges.
Yes, “Sharknado 2″ is out tonight, but we have the rest of the religion news, including word that the report on Archbishop Nienstedt is done. Plus: Nuns build a house of straw. And Grover Norquist goes to Burning Man. Would you?
(RNS) The leading advocacy group for people who have suffered clergy sexual abuse is wrestling with how to respond to a flood of inquiries from victims from other faiths and institutions, and how to push for changes beyond the familiar precincts of the Catholic Church.
(RNS) “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.
Also: “Fifty Shades of Church.” A Catholic media war brewing? Solomon’s Temple in Sao Paulo. And a New York Times reporter tweets about “ruthlessly” crushing anti-LGBT sentiment. It’s fatwas everywhere these days