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Claire Giangravé

Claire Giangravé is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Claire Giangravé

Pope Francis attacked cancel culture. It sounds better than ‘ideological colonization.’

By Claire Giangravé — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — In a recent speech the pope revived his criticism of rich countries that force their values on poorer nations, erasing their local cultures and traditions.

Vatican tightens COVID-19 restrictions, applies mandatory vaccination

By Claire Giangravé — January 12, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The mandates apply to employees as well as visitors to the Vatican Museums and gardens.

Pope Francis takes a break from the Vatican to visit local record store

By Claire Giangravé — January 12, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Add spotting the pope at a local record shop to the perks of living in Rome.

Pope Francis hopes ‘reality therapy’ of COVID-19 overcomes ideological opposition to vaccines

By Claire Giangravé — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — In his annual address to the Vatican's diplomatic corps, the pope stressed the individual's responsibility 'to care for ourself and our health, and this translates into respect for the health of those around us.'

On Epiphany, Pope Francis urges Catholic clergy to ‘take new paths’

By Claire Giangravé — January 6, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis warned Catholic clergy that a lack of zeal and desire leads to 'sad priests or bishops' during his homily on the feast of the Epiphany.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life takes on vaccine skeptics on social media

By Claire Giangravé — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — The Pontifical Academy for Life has become the most attacked Vatican department online.

In new Netflix series, Pope Francis insists old have lessons for the young

By Claire Giangravé — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — Though focused on aging, the documentary sheds light on his views on climate change, migration and polarization in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis tells top Vatican cardinals to ‘be humble’ in Christmas address

By Claire Giangravé — December 23, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Amid unpopular reforms at the Vatican and in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis urges humility among Vatican department heads.

Cardinal Turkson says offer to resign from top Vatican post is standard procedure

By Claire Giangravé — December 21, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The highest-ranking African prelate at the Vatican resigned from his post, but it’s up to Pope Francis to decide the next step.

Answering questions on Latin Mass, Vatican decries ‘sterile polemics’

By Claire Giangravé — December 18, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Catholic Church's department for worship laid out the rationale for a July decree reversing Pope Benedict XVI's rules for the pre-Vatican II rite.

Pope Francis celebrates 85th birthday with migrants and refugees from Cyprus

By Claire Giangravé — December 17, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pope met with a group of a dozen migrants he invited to Rome from a refugee camp in Cyprus on his recent papal visit there.

Can Pope Francis make real change for women? Vatican women leaders assess his chances

By Claire Giangravé — December 16, 2021
(RNS) — A group of women who occupy positions of leadership in the church advocated for the promotion of more female theologians, canon lawyers and other leaders.

Pope’s missing apology adds to ‘lack of trust’ from Indigenous people in Canada

By Claire Giangravé — December 15, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Suspicion and lack of trust mark the relationship between the Catholic Church and Indigenous peoples in Canada as Pope Francis considers visiting the country.

At Vatican’s Peruvian Nativity scene, Pope Francis again warns against ‘indifference’

By Claire Giangravé — December 10, 2021
(RNS) — The pope used the Vatican crèche's spotlight on the diversity of Peru to continue a campaign against indifference toward people at the margins.

Meet Sister Nathalie Becquart, the woman who is helping reshape the Catholic Church

By Claire Giangravé — December 8, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Considered to be one of the most influential women at the Vatican, Becquart is optimistic about gender equality in the institution.
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