VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope — who took his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment — has made care for the environment a hallmark of his papacy.
WASHINGTON (RNS) If the justices thought there was a good chance they would rule against same-sex marriage in the upcoming cases involving Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, they likely would stop couples from marrying elsewhere.
NORTH LOGAN, Utah (RNS) John Dehlin said he knew church discipline might be a “possible, even likely outcome” of his efforts. “I am not a victim. I don’t fault the church.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Even more important, and perhaps more difficult, than changing the Vatican’s structure is changing the culture of the place.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members will give Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But they also chided Francis for endorsing spanking.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff reiterated his belief that women deserve a greater role and more responsibility in the church — at a time when some are criticizing the “feminization” of Catholicism.
(RNS) Coverage of the execution videos was fading after the initial outrage last summer. Perhaps the Islamic State leadership thought that the world was tuning out. So they kicked it up to a new level of dreadfulness.
(RNS) Sen. Richard Burr must stop trying to cover up what has happened and let us get on with the reckoning.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors,” Pope Francis said.