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Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope Francis and Mario Draghi could become a powerful duo in shaping Europe’s future

April 8, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The two have a long history and have partnered together in the past. But as Draghi assumes his new role over the Italian government, the relationship faces obstacles. Mainly: Vatican financial scandals and its relationship with China.

Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown

April 7, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The case highlights growing tensions between Italians and the Catholic Church, which critics say has been granted more leeway while the weary peninsula faces another severe lockdown more than a year into the pandemic.

In Easter address, Pope Francis calls for peace for pandemic-tested world

April 4, 2021

(RNS) — ‘The risen Christ is hope for all who continue to suffer from the pandemic, both the sick and those who have lost a loved one,’ Francis said.

In Easter vigil homily, Pope Francis invites Catholics to set out ‘on new paths’

April 3, 2021

(RNS) — The pope reprised one of his favorite themes, urging the church to follow Christ to the peripheries.

During Way of the Cross, Pope Francis put children at the center

April 2, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Via Crucis underlined once more the profound transformation the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Catholic Church and the world.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis links preaching the gospel to pain of the cross

April 1, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Vatican reforms, Francis told clergy on Holy Thursday to imitate Jesus and not be ‘scandalized’ by ‘moralistic, legalistic and clerical squabbles.’

Vatican makes moral case for supporting people displaced by climate change

March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Local Catholic groups are invited in a new Vatical document to establish ‘solidarity networks’ to ensure migrants’ dignity ‘in all phases of displacement.’

British judge unfreezes assets of key figure in Vatican financial scandal

March 26, 2021

(RNS) — The judge ruled that there is no ‘reasonable cause’ to believe that Gianluigi Torzi, who was arrested by the Vatican last year, has benefited from criminal conduct.

Pope Francis honors Dante Alighieri on 7th centenary of ‘prophetic’ poet’s death

March 25, 2021

(RNS) — Francis paid homage to Dante in an apostolic letter, citing the poet’s hope for reform in the church.

Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic

March 24, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) —  In its financial budget for 2021, the Vatican announced that the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vatican coffers amounts to more than $60 million.

Pope Francis has not forgotten the people of Syria, says cardinal

March 23, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — COVID-19 and other crises have overshadowed the ongoing suffering in Syria. Catholic relief groups hope to draw the world’s attention to the crisis there.

In Germany, Vatican ban on blessing same-sex couples catches church ‘in process’

March 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Vatican’s note, many Catholics believe, was prompted by the resumption of the German church’s ongoing discussions about same-sex couples, which had been interrupted during the pandemic. 

New book on Pope Francis credits pontiff with ‘disruptive innovation’

March 17, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) – In a new book, papal historian John Cornwell forecasts the repercussions of Pope Francis for the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis shuts down proposals to bless same-sex couples

March 15, 2021

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a new document sure to disappoint those who thought Pope Francis represented a softening toward LGBTQ marriages within the church, the Vatican rejected proposals that would allow priests to bless LGBTQ unions, saying ‘God cannot bless sin.’

Pope’s wind-whipped mantle drives Vatican tailors to consider Velcro

March 10, 2021

(RNS) — On his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis often played second fiddle to the gyrations of his cape.

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