ROME (RNS) “Assertions that NSA has targeted the Vatican, published in Italy’s Panorama magazine, are not true,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee’ Vines told the Los Angeles Times.
(RNS) Two-thirds of the nearly 55,000 annulments granted by Catholic Church tribunals around the world each year are in the U.S., even though American Catholics account for just 6 percent of the world’s Catholic population.
ROME (RNS) The news magazine Panorama said the NSA eavesdropping program also listened in on calls to and from the Vatican, including the phones in the Santa Marta guesthouse that housed Pope Francis and the rest of the College of Cardinals.
ROME (RNS) Among the Latin Americans flocking to Rome, the pope’s fellow Argentines are leading the way, with 66 percent more people traveling from the pope’s homeland compared to a year ago.
(RNS) “The point that (Bernardin’s) consistent ethic makes is exactly the same point that Pope Francis is making – let’s look at the whole picture and not just focus almost exclusively on three or so issues,” said Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M.
(RNS) Baptism rates are in steady decline for U.S. Catholics, Southern Baptists and others. Will high profile attention to the ritual from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the pope inspire a change?
ROME (RNS) Crowd estimates were made Tuesday for next year’s canonization of the man who will be known as St. Pope John Paul II.
ROME (RNS) After Pope Francis’ election on March 13, “Francesco” lept into first among most popular names in Rome and has grown more popular since then.
NEW YORK (RNS) “If Pope Francis were throwing tonight’s party we wouldn’t be in white tie at the Waldorf. We’d be in sweat pants crammed into a corner booth at the IHOP.”