VATICAN CITY (RNS) “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” volunteers, including nuns and members of the Swiss Guard, told the recipients during the operation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The Holy See takes the long view,” one Vatican source said. “There is a lot of quiet diplomacy going on.”
(RNS) “Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said after Wednesday’s announcement about the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.
(RNS) The pope wrote a personal letter to President Obama this fall — something he’d never done before — and a separate letter to Cuban President Raul Castro.
(RNS) Remember Bishop Bling? Mark Driscoll? Brittany Maynard? They all helped shape the top religion headlines of 2014.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A longtime aide to Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is among nine new members appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s sex abuse commission.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The church has always defended sport because its values are not only Christian but universal,” said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins. “It teaches you how to put human values such as compromise and collaboration in practice overcoming division.”
(RNS) The “War on Women” is over, and other conclusions from the Vatican investigation of women’s religious communities in the U.S.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The report did not say how many of America’s 50,000 nuns or religious institutes declined to respond to questionnaires.