(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.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican once talked about the “gifts and qualities” of LGBT Catholics. Now, church leaders want to know how to help families where someone has “homosexual tendencies.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Certain resistance has surfaced; I think it´s a good sign when things are discussed openly and not secretly if people don’t agree. It’s good to discuss things openly; it’s healthy.”
NEW YORK (RNS) The furor stems from a behind-the-scenes account of the March 2013 conclave, presented in a new book about Francis titled “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope.”
NEW YORK (RNS) “The thing that really bothers me is the creeping fundamentalism among Catholics who think that they have to sacrifice their reason to follow God. And that is exactly the opposite of what God wants.”