(RNS) Pope Francis’ trajectory from near anonymity to the heights of power is remarkably similar to that of President Obama’s. But can the pontiff avoid the pitfalls that have dogged the president?
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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.
“Sic transit gloria mundi” may be today’s bittersweet theme. Pope Francis is honored, Billy Graham struggles on, and the son of Obama spiritual adviser Joel Hunter commits suicide. Updates on the “War on Xmas” and other news.
(RNS) As world leaders and ordinary citizens gathered to remember Nelson Mandela, abortion foes objected in blistering tones to his support for a sweeping abortion rights law they said negates any good the anti-apartheid leader achieved.
(RNS) Michael Griffin says that at the suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school where he worked for more than a decade it was no secret that he is gay, but when he told administrators that he was going to marry his partner he was fired. The episode is the latest in a string of similar incidents, and it came just a week after New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the church is not “anti-gay” but has been “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage.
(RNS) After growing criticism that Pope Francis has not given sufficient attention to the clergy sex abuse scandal, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Thursday that the pope will create a special commission to advise him and church leaders on ways to address the crisis.
(RNS) Pope Francis has captivated the public by embracing disfigured pilgrims at the Vatican, cold-calling the downtrodden and washing the feet of young people at a detention center, but he has yet to meet with abuse victims.
(RNS) Escaping the “gilded cage” of the papal apartments has been a dream of many popes who fear losing touch with ordinary life. Here are five examples, mostly true, of other Catholic churchmen who have gone off the grid.
Yes, leading evangelicals are embracing rap. Religious folks do give more than non-believers. But is it because of their faith or something else? We found the ultimate explainer story, and Pope Francis looks like he is headed to Israel this spring.
(RNS) The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will decide whether for-profit businesses can be treated like religious entities.