Catholicism

Disgraced Cardinal Becciu seeks redemption by putting up a fight

By Claire Giangravé — December 2, 2020

(RNS) — Stripped of the privileges of his rank and living under the cloud of scandal, the cardinal seems to have no intention of going quietly.

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After proving that a red hat isn’t forever, Pope Francis names new cardinals for new church

By Claire Giangravé — November 30, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Once a cushy reward, the position of cardinal under Francis comes with expectations of being less a ‘prince of the church’ than an exemplar of transparency.

Cardinal Pell’s prison diary explores suffering, solitary lockup

By Nicole Winfield — November 30, 2020

Rome (AP) — “Prison Journal,” an account of Pell’s months in solitary lockup, also provides personal insights into one of the most divisive figures in the Catholic hierarchy today.

Maradona’s death boosts ‘Hand of God’ goal’s author to sainted status

By Eduardo Campos Lima — November 27, 2020

(RNS) — At its extreme, veneration of the soccer star gave birth to the Maradonian Church, a group of fans who pay homage to him with parody rituals.

High court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

By Jessica Gresko — November 26, 2020

(RNS) — In an unsigned opinion the court said the restrictions “single out houses of worship for especially harsh treatment.”

Biden, second Catholic president, exacerbates US bishops’ divisions

By Mark Silk — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — A new working group takes the lead in taking on pro-choice Biden.

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration near Chicago, largest in US, canceled due to COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — More than 200,000 devotees normally attend the celebration, some walking barefoot and carrying statues of the Virgin.

Biden says Americans can worship in person ‘safely.’ But what does that mean?

By Jack Jenkins — November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — When asked by a reporter whether Americans should be able to attend religious services despite the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, the president-elect responded, ‘Yes, safely.’

In new book, Pope Francis addresses COVID-19 and politics, with an eye to the US

By Claire Giangravé — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Francis uses the U.S. motto ‘E pluribus unum’ to support last summer’s protests as a people’s ‘united indignation.’

NBA players hailed by pope at Vatican for demanding justice

By Tim Reynolds — November 24, 2020

(AP) — ‘The pope had important words for us: We need to continue to be united, to operate as brothers, like a team, and to set an example for the younger generations,’ said one of the players who visited Francis.

Scandal-plagued Catholic hospital’s story reads like a guide to Vatican turmoil

By Claire Giangravé — November 23, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A tale of mismanagement and corruption that typifies the financial scandals currently swirling around the church.

Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis

By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — Long a staple of Catholic life, the rosary is back in the spotlight with the election of Joe Biden, who will become America’s second Catholic president.

In rural East Tennessee, a mobile clinic run by nuns and aging volunteers cares for the body and the soul

By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020

CRAB ORCHARD, Tenn. (RNS) — For Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, serving as medical director at the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is her dream job. ‘I didn’t think you could be a sister and a doctor. Turns out you can.’

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