(RNS) Assuming Evite is out, how, exactly, does one ask the pope over?
The President of the Republic of Malta, George Abela, visited Pope Francis before the end of his term as head of the Government of the island. During the visit, they discussed political issues. However, Abela’s grandchildren became the center of attention, making the Pope and others smile during an official photo shoot and gifting him a toy dinosaur.
(RNS) The potential for a robust alliance between the White House and the nation’s largest church fizzled almost from the start of Obama’s candidacy in 2007, and a relationship that started badly went downhill when he was elected.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The high-profile names on the sexual abuse commission give some indication of the importance Pope Francis has given to the panel.
ROME (RNS) American and Vatican officials say the talks between Pope Francis and President Obama may disappoint those hoping for fireworks, and that the summit is going to focus on collaboration much more than conflict.
(RNS) Michael Fugee, 53, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors despite signing a court-sanctioned decree forbidding such activities, is no longer a priest.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The most remarkable thing about the pope is that what he is doing should not be remarkable.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ enormous popularity may not have translated into more parishioners in the pews, but it may be convincing Catholics to dig deeper and give more to the poor, according to a new survey.
(RNS) Saying he dislikes dogmatic figures on either end of the religious spectrum, Tomas Halik said his work is aimed at “seekers,” the segment of those asking questions about religious and spiritual issues but unaffiliated with religion or atheism.