VATICAN CITY (RNS) Church leaders welcome the reforms and fresh air that Pope Francis is bringing to an often dysfunctional institution. But at 77, they just want him to have the stamina to keep it up.
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholics always like their pope but often ignore Catholic teachings. Now, a new survey on Pope Francis’ first year finds that they “not only like the singer, they like the new song.”
ROME (RNS) In a wide-ranging interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said media and popular culture references comparing him to Superman are “offensive” because he’s just a regular guy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) As important as such structural reform can be, church leaders and Vatican insiders say Pope Francis is really focused on a more ambitious (and perhaps more difficult) goal: overhauling and upending the institutional culture of Catholicism.
ROME (RNS) The publisher said it envisions the magazine being a “meeting place” for the faithful to send in letters, poems and drawings related to Francis’ papacy.
NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis is a devoted fan of artist Marc Chagall, and his favorite is Chagall’s “White Crucifixion,” which depicts Jesus on the cross, wrapped in a Jewish prayer shawl and encircled by scenes of endangered Jews. That tells us a lot about this pope, and the future of Christian-Jewish relations.
(RNS) The pope has blasted hierarchical “careerism” as “a form of cancer” and derided bishops who strut about in church finery as “peacocks.”
(RNS) According to a British newspaper, Pope Francis wants to release the Pius XII papers for study before determining whether to consider his controversial predecessor for sainthood. It’s time he did.
ROME (RNS) Now that a panel of theologians have signed off on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, it only requires a review by Pope Francis to be considered official.