ROME (RNS) Francis’ determination to challenge organized crime groups has provoked warnings that he himself could become a mafia target.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem,” Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ frank determination to challenge organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he could become a mafia target. Last May, he warned mobsters that they would “go to hell” if they did not repent.
ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as “God’s rivals” are frequently rejected by family and friends. They’re sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has announced the pope will give no midweek general audiences in St Peter’s Square during July, and the intimate Mass he celebrates every day inside the chapel at the St. Martha residence will be suspended from July until September.
(RNS) “If the point of this event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there,” wrote San Francisco Achbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who leads the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
(RNS) Baseball great Roberto Clemente died in 1972 on his way to deliver relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Now, one fan is swinging for the fences to try to make Clemente a saint.
WASHINGTON (RNS) When Pope Francis needs a savvy back channel operator, he often turns to retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “Why don’t you ask McCarrick to go?” the cardinal says of the Vatican’s thinking. “He’s usually willing to do these crazy things.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Every day, I pray with the Psalms of David,” Pope Francis said. “My prayer is Jewish, then I have the Eucharist, which is Christian.”