Jon Sweeney's new biography of Phyllis Tickle has some new revelations about the life and marriage of one of our era's most beloved Christian writers.
(RNS) Look around. The Virgin Mary is everywhere -- tattoos, roadside shrines, phone cases, even drawstring pants. The mother of Jesus, it seems, can be all things to all people.
Just as many Catholics have connected Pope Francis' humility and austere lifestyle with that of St. Francis of Assisi, those seeking clues on the new pontiff's approach to Christian-Muslim relations see another example in his iconic namesake.
(RNS) The last Pope Benedict to resign, Benedict IX, was an infamous rake who sold the papacy. But like his 21st-century namesake, Benedict IX forces Catholics to mind the gap between the mortal man and the sacred papal office.