Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé is an author at Religion News Service.

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The Vatican’s ‘Synod on Synodality’ is about to begin. Here’s what to know.

By Claire Giangravé — September 27, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) —  The unprecedented gathering of 464 Catholic clergy and laypeople, including women, begins Oct. 4 at the Vatican.

Pope Francis has stacked the next conclave — but will it matter?

By Claire Giangravé and Jack Jenkins — September 25, 2023
(RNS) — In Pope Francis' new global church, the Vatican pastime of predicting the next pope gets increasingly trickier.

In Marseille, Pope Francis will make the case for migrants to the world

By Claire Giangravé — September 20, 2023
(RNS) — As a new wave of immigrants enters Europe and nations close borders, the pope will make the case for welcoming.

Pope Francis warns Bill Clinton of ‘wind of war that blows throughout the world’

By Claire Giangravé — September 18, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis spoke to former US President Bill Clinton online during a conference addressing urgent global issues.

Vatican brings its message for peace in Ukraine to Beijing

By Claire Giangravé — September 15, 2023
(RNS) — The meeting with Chinese officials is the latest step in Pope Francis’ appeals for peace in Ukraine.

Catholics in Ukraine struggle as Pope Francis’ approval rating is at an all-time low

By Claire Giangravé — September 14, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis and Ukraine have a different vision for peace in the region.

After accusations by top Ukrainian official, Vatican Bank denies receiving funds from Russia

By Claire Giangravé — September 11, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A high-ranking Ukrainian official accused the Vatican of taking money from Russia and called Pope Francis a ‘Russophile.’

‘You can count on us.’ Synod organizers attempt to dismiss fears ahead of fall meeting

By Claire Giangravé — September 8, 2023
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Synod on Synodality has a communications problem, and it risks reinforcing papal critics.

Francis calls relations with China ‘respectful’ after Mongolia trip

By Claire Giangravé — September 4, 2023
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (RNS) — Pope Francis told reporters during a news conference Monday that China must not think the Vatican represents a foreign power.

Pope Francis closes his visit to Mongolia with visit to shelter for women, homeless

By Claire Giangravé — September 3, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We create a home, not a house,’ said Brother Andrew Tran, the director of the House of Mercy, before the pope visited the shelter for the unhoused and for victims of domestic violence.

‘Hope is possible.’ Pope Francis joins religious leaders in Mongolia to promote harmony

By Claire Giangravé — September 3, 2023
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (RNS) — Pope Francis’ message for religious dialogue and freedom in Mongolia takes place as the neighboring Chinese government cracks down on faith groups.

In Mongolia, Pope Francis makes appeals for peace and the environment

By Claire Giangravé — September 2, 2023
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (RNS) — In a speech to government officials, Francis praised Mongolians' 'native wisdom' when it comes to protecting their land and appealed to Russia's neighbors that 'the dark clouds of war be dispelled.'

China bars Chinese bishops from traveling to see pope in Mongolia

By Claire Giangravé — September 1, 2023
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (RNS) — The decision by Beijing is the latest sign of tension in the already strained relations between China and the Holy See.

In Mongolia, Pope Francis will bring his vision for the church to ‘small flock’

By Claire Giangravé — August 29, 2023
(RNS) — Francis will be the first pontiff to visit Mongolia, a country nestled between Russia and China.

Artificial intelligence program poised to shake up Catholic education, doctrine

By Claire Giangravé — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — Magisterium AI uses artificial intelligence technology to provide information for users on everything relating to Catholic doctrine, teachings and Canon law.
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