(RNS) While most American evangelicals do not usually read papal pronouncements, it would be a shame if we did not familiarize ourselves with Francis’ newest document, for there is much in it that evangelicals could embrace.
ROME (RNS) “How can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving?” Pope Francis asked. “Today, everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) despite what Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, termed a “constructive” and “cordial” meeting, there were no announced follow-up dialogues planned, and “no discussion whatsoever” of a papal visit to Russia.
(RNS) After repeatedly drawing a line in the sand over the White House’s birth control coverage mandate, a growing number of bishops have begun to push back, arguing that such hard-line rhetoric has put them in an untenable position.
ROME (RNS) Because of the period of reform Francis has ushered in at the Vatican, and a list of priorities that range from Syria to a desire to strengthen ties between one of the world’s largest countries and one of the smallest, the Nov. 25 closed-door encounter will take on a dramatically increased importance.
ROME (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman told reporters on Friday that the Vatican was “extremely calm” regarding a possible mob threat against Pope Francis.
(RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, making him the public face of the American hierarchy. But in quieter ways, four other churchmen may wield more influence where it counts: with Pope Francis.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’ wide-angle lens directly reflects Francis’ own approach.
“One of the major challenges is what, really, our Holy Father has said over and over again: How can we warm hearts and heal wounds?”
ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against organized crime in the past, specifically naming the country’s four main organized crime groups last May.