(RNS) — The story of the three kings, like the film of the two popes, is not factual, but it still teaches us deep truths.
(RNS) — Pope Francis' strength is as a pastor who calls people to conversion. He does not think like an administrator, one who establishes policies and structures to ensure things are done properly.
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS ARROYOS, Argentina (RNS) Once a month, thousands of devout Catholics descend on this city, where an uneducated resident said she began seeing visions of the Virgin Mary on Sept. 25, 1983.
ROME (RNS) The news magazine Panorama said the NSA eavesdropping program also listened in on calls to and from the Vatican, including the phones in the Santa Marta guesthouse that housed Pope Francis and the rest of the College of Cardinals.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Brazil will encounter a pope unlike any in the church's modern history, and Francis will find a church in crisis in the world's most populous Catholic nation.
ROME (RNS) Francis is the church's first Jesuit pope, and Jesuit traditions favor simple cuisine — one of the rules of the order is for diners to fill up on bread because it avoids the "disorder" that comes from being "tempted by other foods."
(RNS) The Catholic hierarchy calls it "defamation'' to raise questions about Pope Francis' role in Argentina's "Dirty War.'' But as any penitent knows, a desire to move forward must be accompanied by candor about the past.
ROME (RNS) "With each conclave, fewer and fewer people will even remember when there was an Italian pope," says La Stampa's Giacomo Galeazzi.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican swiftly rejected accusations that Pope Francis sided with the brutal Argentinian government in the 1970s when he was a Jesuit leader.
(RNS) In San Francisco, the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi is attracting attention after the new pope's decision to take the 13th-century saint as his namesake.