(RNS) Pope Francis made clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders, even calling the papal court a “leprosy of the papacy.”
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ROME (RNS) Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014 — a bit of ticket-balancing by Pope Francis, who may be hoping to heal splits in the church by pairing the canonization of a pope who is a hero to the left and one who is a hero to the right.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ honeymoon has the global media swooning after the media’s abrupt breakup with his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Participation in funerals of gay service members is also off-limits. But Catholic commanders may be able to facilitate same-sex benefits if they publicly register their objections.
(RNS) Here are five broader insights that this wide-ranging interview revealed about Pope Francis — and why they will be keys to reading his pontificate, and perhaps the future of Catholicism.
(RNS) More than detailing a list of reforms or policy change he hopes to make, Pope Francis is sketching out a pastoral vision for the church. He’ll need bishops, priests and seminarians who share his views, and the type of change he envisions will take a generation or more.
(RNS) Pope Francis has given a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order in which he made a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and cement his reputation as a pastoral rather than a doctrinal leader. Here are excerpts featuring his most provocative comments, plus links to the full transcript.
(RNS) The central problem is not that the just war doctrine is being dismissed or condemned, but that both sides in the debate over Syria are citing just war theory, but are reaching diametrically opposed conclusions.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ meeting on Tuesday with the heads of all Vatican departments signals the kickoff to a reform campaign six months after he was elected with a mandate to bring the church’s central bureaucracy in line.