DERRY, N.H. (Reuters) In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail on Tuesday, Republican Jeb Bush, a Catholic, had sharp words on Pope Francis’ decision to leap into the climate change debate.
(RNS) Pope Francis states clearly that global warming is a fact and mankind has contributed to it. Above all, he stresses that everyone has a moral duty to work to mitigate the effects of climate change to avert a worldwide disaster.
(RNS) Bishop Thomas Tobin has a reputation for being outspoken. But his recent blast at “the sloppy and even offensive way people dress while attending Mass” in summer was impressive even for him — and probably welcomed by more than a few pastors.
(RNS) Catholic Democrats and Republicans are miles apart on the cause and the urgency of global warming. Can the popular pope’s urgently written encyclical bridge the gap?
(RNS) When Al Smith ran for president in 1928, his status as the first Catholic to head a major party ticket was challenged on the basis that he would have to follow papal encyclicals, not the U.S. Constitution. “What the hell is an encyclical?” Smith reportedly replied.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Sunday stressed the importance of children having heterosexual parents, just a day after Rome’s Gay Pride march demonstrated the changing attitudes about same-sex couples outside the Vatican walls.
(RNS) The Vatican launched a major housecleaning of the scandal-plagued Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The moves seem to mark another step in Pope Francis’ new “get tough” policy on bishops.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff is due to meet Simon Cazal, co-founder and executive director of SOMOSGAY, on July 11 at the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference in Asuncion, the country’s capital.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “We must begin with our daily lives if we want to change lifestyles, aware that our small gestures can guarantee sustainability and the future of the human family,” said Francis.