NEW YORK (RNS) For decades, the outspoken Rev. Frank Pavone has often clashed as much with his own bishops as he has with abortion-rights foes.
(RNS) The New York Times was the biggest of several outlets relating an apocryphal tale about pets, paradise, and Pope Francis. Here’s how, and why, it happened.
(RNS) Popular pilgrimage features protagonists who go on long, transformational journeys of both feet and faith. It is that transformational nature that separates pilgrimage from travel — pilgrimage is a vocation, not a vacation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses,” the report said. “Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse.”
(RNS) Pope Francis did not pick any Americans when he made his first batch of cardinals, and several U.S. cardinals are very close to 80.
ROME (RNS) The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and China’s Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader.
(RNS) Look to the border, most RNS readers say in our unscientific survey on where Pope Francis should visit in the U.S.
(RNS) When he speaks about women, Francis can sound a lot like the (almost) 78-year-old Argentine churchman that he is, using analogies that sound alternately condescending and impolitic.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Some of you have asked me if the synod fathers fought,” Francis said. “ I don’t know if they ‘fought,’ but they spoke forcefully. This is freedom. This is just the kind of freedom that there is in the church.”