Video courtesy Global Journalist
Video courtesy Global Journalist
A new analysis of Catholic population shifts raises questions about the upcoming papal election.
Saint Stephen of Comedy Central takes on Garry Wills, a terrific and maddening writer and historian — and confessed Catholic — who may be veering perilously close to caricature these days. He has a new book out, “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition,” and an Op-Ed in the New York Times arguing that Catholics who look with hope for change from a new pope are like Charlie Brown kicking the football — Lucy will always yank it away. But when he went on “The Colbert Report” to promote his new book he got some pretty good pushback from his host, a real-life catechist who came the closest I can ever recall to coming out of character while on the set. Watch:
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After Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise announcement that he is resigning February 28, 2013, the Roman Catholic Church is preparing for a “conclave,” where cardinals under the age of 80 will gather to elect his successor. Managing editor Kim Lawton looked at the centuries-old process of selecting the pope. Video courtesy Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
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Religion News Service Editor in Chief Kevin Eckstrom spoke with CTV News about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Muslims have had by and large a very tense relationship with Pope Benedict, yet I would hope that we as Muslims can practice the divine qualities of mercy and forgiveness at this time, and stand next to our Catholic friends as they journey through this turbulent time of transition.
In a move that took the world by surprise, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (Feb. 11) announced that he will resign on Feb. 28. Click on any image below to view photo slideshow.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a move that took the world by surprise, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday announced that he will resign on Feb 28.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American prelate who played a key role in trying to bridge the gap between Rome and U.S. nuns was transferred to Indianapolis only two years after taking up his Vatican post. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) From horse-drawn carriages to electric cars, a new permanent exhibition at the Vatican Museums chronicles the history of papal transport, including the car Pope John Paul II was riding in when he was shot in 1981. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fifty years after the Catholic Church convened the Second Vatican Council to confront internal changes and challenges, hundreds of bishops gathered at the Vatican to discuss how to stem the tide of secularization and rekindle faith in contemporary society. By Alessandro Speciale.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican judge sentenced Pope Benedict's former butler to 18 months in jail for stealing the pontiff's private papers and leaking them to the press. But a Vatican spokesman said that a papal pardon is highly likely. By Alessandro Speciale.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A new poll finds that Catholics who are aware of their bishops' concerns about religious liberty generally agree with them, but the all-important Catholic vote is still up for grabs on Election Day. By Lauren Markoe.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Jewish community is trying to enlist the pope to intercede on behalf of Alan Gross, the Maryland Jewish man who has been in a Cuban jail for more than two years, on his upcoming trip to the island nation. By Lauren Markoe.