Francis would be the third pope to visit Cuba, after St. John Paul II in 1998 and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2012.
(Reuters) Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Francis had accepted invitations made by the Cuban government and the Cuban Roman Catholic Church.
(RNS) No U.S. bishop had ever been forced from office for covering up for a predator priest. Until Finn.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The city is experienced in holding events for crowds of 1 million-plus. But this one differs not only in size but in the number of security organizations involved: the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, the Italian police force, the Swiss Guard, as well as city and state police.
(RNS) Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George thrived under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Under the more progressive Francis, though, “I don’t yet really have an understanding of ‘What are we doing here?’ ”
(RNS) Starting in 2008, the Vatican wanted to make sure American nuns were toeing the line. That inquiry ended Thursday.
(RNS) The statement and final report seemed to represent a quiet and merciful end to what had been a noisy showdown between Rome and the nuns — and one the Vatican never seemed likely to win.
NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis hopes his upcoming encyclical on climate change will influence the next round of talks in Paris on global warming.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) While other Turkish politicians, and now Erdogan, have lashed out at the pope, some ordinary Turks have dismissed the row as empty politics.