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Christopher Lamb

Christopher Lamb is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Christopher Lamb

Vatican stalls German bishops’ plan to give Protestants Communion

By Christopher Lamb — June 11, 2018
ROME (RNS) – Disagreements between Catholic bishops in Germany about plans to give Communion to Protestants have spilled out into the wider Roman Catholic Church.

A new type of Catholic emerges: the conservative dissenter

By Christopher Lamb — April 19, 2018
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — And Francis agrees with his critics who say that a pope can be wrong.

Pope Francis’ reputation on sex abuse ‘has gone from bad to worse’

By Christopher Lamb — February 7, 2018
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The 81-year-old pontiff’s appeals on behalf of the downtrodden are being overshadowed by the way he is dealing with victims of clerical sexual abuse.

Fake news is the work of the devil — Pope Francis

By Christopher Lamb — January 24, 2018
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The message reflected the pope's growing concern about the dangers of misinformation on the internet that he said exploits people’s 'anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration.' 

Pope in Bangladesh, continues diplomatic tightrope walk

By Christopher Lamb — November 30, 2017
DHAKA, Bangladesh (RNS) — Bangladesh is the second and final leg of one of the most politically fraught trips of Francis' papacy, where his outspoken concern for refugees has been tempered by sensitivities on the ground.

Pope lays down challenge to US Catholics on the death penalty

By Christopher Lamb — October 13, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In calling capital punishment 'inadmissible,' Pope Francis is reshaping what it means for Catholics to be 'pro-life,' stressing that it means protecting life from womb to natural death.

Pope and Orthodox Christian leader issue unprecedented appeal for the environment

By Christopher Lamb — September 1, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — 'Our attitude and behaviour towards creation obscures our calling as God’s co-operators,' wrote Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew.

Pope rails against attempts to restore old-style Catholic worship

By Christopher Lamb — August 25, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — It’s not every day that Pope Francis chooses to invoke the full weight of his office. But when it comes to the furious internal rows over Catholic worship, he’s decided enough is enough.

Callista Gingrich may have a built-in advantage to her new role as Vatican ambassador

By Christopher Lamb — July 24, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Given major disagreements between Pope Francis and President Trump, the ambassador can only benefit from being able to pick up the phone and talk to her husband's close ally. (ANALYSIS)

Nice guy or tough guy? The two faces of Pope Francis

By Christopher Lamb — June 19, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Underneath the pope’s compassion is a steely side, which he’s particularly ready to use when it comes to priests, bishops or cardinals he feels are undermining the church’s mission.

Eyeing Catholic demographics, and maybe his successor, Pope Francis shakes up his cardinals

By Christopher Lamb — May 25, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) By next month he will have made cardinals in 13 countries who’ve never had them before, including places such as the Pacific island of Tonga, Haiti, and Myanmar.

Francis and Benedict: Two popes, two divergent approaches to Islam

By Christopher Lamb — May 2, 2017
ROME (RNS) During his brief visit to Egypt, Pope Francis showed his preference for engaging Islam to defuse religiously inspired violence. But will his approach work any better than that of his predecessor?

Pope Francis tells Egyptian Christians to show extremism only in love of others

By Christopher Lamb — April 29, 2017
CAIRO (RNS) 'The only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity,' the pontiff told his embattled minority flock at a Mass before returning to Rome.

Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders in Egypt to fight violence in God’s name

By Christopher Lamb — April 28, 2017
CAIRO (RNS) "'No!' to every form of violence, vengeance, and hatred carried out in the name of God,” the pontiff told top Sunni authorities at the start of a momentous two-day trip.

Pope Francis faces another delicate — and dangerous — task in Egypt trip

By Christopher Lamb — April 26, 2017
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff's visit this weekend is brief but rich with references to pivotal — and bloody — episodes from history that continue to loom today.
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