Pope Francis waves from the pope-mobile during his inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Photo Gallery: Pope Francis celebrates inaugural Mass

Today Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Vatican. Francis was slowly driven around a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square in an open-top car, shunning the bulletproof, air-conditioned popemobile preferred by his predecessors. At one point, he asked to stop the car and got out to bless a disabled person.

RNS photo courtesy John Mahony

How the Lord’s Prayer saved a 9/11 survivor

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colonel who was managing projects for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, instinct came before analysis as he fought to stay on his feet the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. By Kay Campbell. 

The right on moral wrongs

Gallup has updated its ongoing “morally acceptable” index on a host of social issues, from abortion and divorce to homosexuality and wearing fur. While most measures remain relatively steady, Gallup detected a rightward shift among Republicans, providing yet another measure of the party’s increasingly conservative bent. The “bottom line” from Gallup: “Americans’ views about what is and isn’t morally acceptable in today’s culture have not changed dramatically over the past year. To the extent they have changed, they have moved slightly to the right on a handful of issues, almost entirely because of more pronounced conservative shifts among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. This is particularly evident with respect to lower Republican support for divorce and embryonic stem-cell research, and increased Republican support for the use of animal fur in clothing.”