(RNS) A 2011 rip from the spokeswoman of the leading GOP contender is starting to get some pushback-- but that may not hurt Trump, at least in the early nominating states that have fewer Catholic voters.
(RNS) The Philadelphia churchman is known as a staunch conservative, and as someone who may not see eye to eye with Francis on the church's approach to the world. Here is the text of his speech today to the synod.
(RNS) With comments to Congress on abolishing the death penalty and by declaring a “right of the environment" at the United Nations, the pontiff may be pushing the envelope on Catholic doctrine -- not that anyone will admit it.
(RNS) “Pope Francis will clarify that he never said he wants to abolish the market, but that he said the market needs a purification," according to a Vatican official who has seen earlier drafts of the highly-anticipated talk.
(RNS) The "pope of surprises" went eyeglass shopping in downtown Rome, giving passersby the selfie of a lifetime -- but telling the shop owner he only wanted new lenses, the old frames are fine. Maybe he needs to sharpen his vision ahead of his U.S. trip?
(RNS) The encounter may spark another round of heated speculation about what it signals about Francis’ intentions – a change in church policy or doctrine? Or nothing more than an act of kindness toward an aging rebel who continues to bless divorced and gay couples and others on the church's margins?