(RNS) Many Catholics — and some would say Pope Francis — say the kind of libertarian free-market capitalism pushed by the billionaire Koch brothers runs against Catholic teaching.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Barbers and hairdressers would volunteer their services on Mondays, the day their shops are traditionally closed in Italy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Hairdressers would volunteer their services on Mondays, the day their shops are traditionally closed in Italy.
(RNS) Francis has said he believes that man was primarily responsible for climate change, and that he hopes a U.N. summit in Paris, due to agree a global pact to limit greenhouse gases, will take a courageous stand.
(RNS) With a Catholic vice president and a Catholic speaker of the House looking on behind him, Pope Francis’ speech will serve as a vivid reminder of how far Americans have come in overcoming deeply embedded anti-Catholic bigotry.
(RNS) Some U.S. dioceses, which account for nearly half of all annulment cases in the global Catholic Church, no longer charge fees, usually about $400, to obtain an annulment.
(RNS) “It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God,” the pope said.
(RNS) The statement cites Pope Francis’ views that immigration woes and economic inequality are threats to life along with abortion, and it appears to be another example of the so-called Francis effect that is recasting the nation’s culture war by shifting the debates onto a broader terrain.
(RNS) As Pope Francis often does, he is shifting the focus from the “rules” to the principle behind the rules, even on such closed-book issues as birth control.