VATICAN CITY (RNS) Vatican officials on Tuesday released a document on family values — a precursor to a major meeting in October — that underscores the ongoing tension between Pope Francis’ desire for a more “welcoming” church and the need to hew to long-standing tradition and doctrine.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (June 22) concluded a whirlwind two-day visit to Turin in northern Italy, during which his lively, often extemporaneous conversations covered everything from chastity to the arms trade.
(RNS) “Laudato Si'” may turn out to be politically influential. It is already theologically revolutionary.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday said the international community has not done enough to find a solution to the Syrian conflict, and said the country’s Christians had been united by “the blood of the martyrs” lost in war.
(RNS) Overall there was plenty of applause for the encyclical — from among different faith groups, nonbelievers and, yes, scientists.
(RNS) But politics aren’t forgotten. Top Catholic leaders are briefing Congress and the White House on Pope Francis’ moral frame of reference for confronting climate change.
(RNS) Pope Francis’ landmark document on protecting the environment and battling climate change is finally out after months of anticipation — and anxiety — that in the history of encyclicals is probably rivaled only by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 letter banning artificial birth control. But will it have an effect? Here are four challenges Francis faces going forward.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) By stating the problem so clearly, and in a church document of such gravity, Francis immediately pushes global warming and the environment to the top of the church’s social agenda.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Francis plans to visit the Central African Republic, then Uganda, and will possibly stop in Kenya in his first visit to the continent as pope.