(RNS) The last Pope Benedict to resign, Benedict IX, was an infamous rake who sold the papacy. But like his 21st-century namesake, Benedict IX forces Catholics to mind the gap between the mortal man and the sacred papal office.
Articles tagged “Roman Catholic Church”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is known for his wide interests, and seemingly Internet-like omniscience. And some Catholics say he could just be the next pope.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his first public comments since his surprise retirement announcement, Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics for support and prayers to support him “in these days which are not easy for me.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Lutheran leaders have warned the Vatican that the creation of a structure to welcome conservative Lutherans into the Catholic Church would harm dialogue and damage ecumenical relations.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A senior Vatican official admitted that years of talks between the Vatican and a breakaway group of ultra-traditionalist Catholics have led to a “stalemate.” By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) The Vatican blasted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that rejected three claims of religious discrimination, saying personal freedoms are falling victim to the “dictatorship of relativism.” By Alessandro Speciale.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A royal row has broken out between Church of England bishops and Prime Minister David Cameron’s liberal-minded coalition government over a planned bill to change ancient laws governing the royal line of succession. By Trevor Grundy.
(RNS) Grounded in more than a million interviews, Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport’s new book argues that religion is a vital force in America, and will remain so for many years. By Daniel Burke.