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Spirit of St. Francis lives strong in Assisi

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) Some 6 million visitors come to this hillside town every year -- and the biggest draw is the legacy of its most famous native son, St. Francis, who remains a figure of unmistakable relevance to many of today's most pressing social concerns. By Francis X. Rocca.

“Blessed” John Paul II in 2011?

The well-connected Italian Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli reports that the stage is set for the beatification of Pope John Paul II sometime this year. John Allen picks October 16 as the ...

The steady drip, drip, drip of WikiLeaks

Britain's Guardian newspaper has released four more WikiLeaks documents from the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, from 2001, 2002 and 2009, all somehow related to Catholic-Jewish tensions over the possible ...

Liturgy leaks

Catholics in the United States won't start using the new English-langauge translation of the Mass until next November, but they can read it now, thanks to a very unauthorized posting ...

Wacky leaks

Much of the coverage of the latest Wikileaks release has noted a silver lining for the embarrassed State Department: abundant evidence that U.S. diplomats are insightful and informed observers of ...

Thank God it’s Friday

Michael Jackson's former rabbi (and the author of "Kosher Sex") has a big agenda for his upcoming rope-line handshake with Pope Benedict XVI: pitching his plan for a jointly sponsored ...

A shady kind of green

Back in 2007, we reported on the Vatican's plan to become the world's first "carbon neutral" sovereign state, by planting trees in a Hungarian national park to offset the carbon-dioxide ...

Naysayer no-show

The Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson, whose readmission to the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI last January aroused heated controversy (which now seems almost mild, compared to the current scandal ...

Raising questions

The spreading scandal over sexual abuse by Catholic priests in several European countries has provoked serious questions about a number of church practices and traditions. And some of the questions ...

Not so fast?

The Polish report is unsourced, and the Vatican panel of doctors won't meet before next month, but suggestions that a miraculous cure attributed to the intercession of John Paul II ...

Sideshow

Italian newspapers are making much of an apparent Vatican connection to an ongoing government corruption-and-sex scandal. If you really must know more, try here. Add to Favorite Articles

The Enemy within

"Yes, also in the Vatican there are members of Satanic sects," says the former president of the International Association of Exorcists. "There are priests, monsignors and also cardinals!" Add to ...

Handicapping the red hats

Italian media outlets are predicting that Pope Benedict will call a consistory to create new cardinals this November, and that among those receiving red hats will be Archbishop Timothy Dolan ...

Fast for Lent

A Catholic priest in Ireland has boosted daily Mass attendance this Lenten season by pledging to get worshippers out the door in 15 minutes flat. Add to Favorite Articles

The miracle worker

Most barbers are happy with a nice big tip, but the man who used to trim Pope John Paul II says the late pontiff miraculously cured him of a hernia. ...