ROME (RNS) The Italian National Animal Protection Agency said that because the doves are bred in captivity and lack strong survival instincts, releasing them into the wild as is often done at the Vatican “is like condemning them to certain death.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The jury is still out on whether the audience with the popular pontiff would help repair Hollande’s tarnished image at home.
(RNS) What will the two leaders talk about? What issues will they avoid? With Pope Francis, anything is possible, but here are some initial ideas on how the summit could play out.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman said critics “presuppose that bishops or religious superiors act as representatives or delegates of the pope — (though this is) utterly without foundation.”
ROME (RNS) The most high-profile figure sacked on Wednesday was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Pope Benedict XVI’s secretary of state and the face of administrative woes of Benedict’s papacy.
ROME (RNS) A short release from the Holy See indicated the two men discussed health care reform, which has sparked intense opposition from American bishops.
(RNS) A church for the poor, a church of the Southern Hemisphere, a church not focused on hierarchical perks, and a church led by pastors and doctrinal moderates: In naming his first batch of new cardinals on Sunday (Jan. 12), Pope Francis made some surprising choices that confirmed where he wants Catholicism to go in the future.
(RNS) The Rev. John Dear has long been known as something of a Lone Ranger type in an order that is known for its powerful communal ethos and its strict vows of obedience.
(RNS) The Vatican once again has had to dispel media reports that went well beyond what Pope Francis actually said. With this pope, it probably won’t be the last time.