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Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican’s McCarrick report: Three popes looked the other way on sex abuse claims

By Claire Giangravé — November 10, 2020
(RNS) — According to the report, four U.S. bishops lied to the Vatican regarding allegations against McCarrick.

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020
(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

Six things you need to know about Pope Francis and gay civil unions

By Thomas Reese — October 23, 2020
(RNS) — Pope Francis' comments about civil unions for same-sex partners in a new documentary have caused a stir. How to understand his positions.

Five things to look for in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’

By Thomas Reese — October 4, 2020
(RNS) — ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (‘Brothers and sisters all’), the new papal encyclical is an important teaching document that must be read by anyone who wants to know where the pope is coming from.

In popes’ traditional summer retreat, locals move on without Francis

By Claire Giangravé — August 14, 2020
(RNS) — In the years since Francis decided he'd stay in Rome, locals have been forced to reenvision Castel Gandolfo without the glamour — and revenue — the papal visits brought them.

Five things Pope Francis should do while imprisoned by the pandemic

By Thomas Reese — August 13, 2020
(RNS) — Reforms to the Vatican’s financial system, the Curia and how the church prevents clergy sexual abuse are the ecclesial equivalent of cleaning the basement and the attic, but now’s the time.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

By Associated Press — August 3, 2020
BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.

Vatican seeks to explain absence of aide after book scandal

By Nicole Winfield — February 5, 2020
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican press office denied that Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who works for both the reigning and the retired pope, had been officially suspended as head of Francis' papal household over his role in the scandal.

We need these “Jewish” movies now

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 15, 2020
Time for the Jewish Academy Awards.

Benedict XVI steps back from book that put him at odds with pope

By Claire Giangravé — January 14, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The former pope asked to be dropped as co-author of a book, due out in February that appears to disagree with Francis on priestly celibacy, according to an aide.

Two popes are one too many

By Thomas Reese — January 13, 2020
(RNS) — Although technically Benedict lost his papal authority when he resigned, his new book on priestly celibacy shows how he still flexes his authority.

New Benedict book promotes priestly celibacy, suggesting rift with Francis

By Claire Giangravé — January 13, 2020
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a new book he co-authored, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI defends clerical celibacy at a time when Pope Francis is considering allowing more married men to become Catholic priests.

Two popes and three kings

By Thomas Reese — January 6, 2020
(RNS) — The story of the three kings, like the film of the two popes, is not factual, but it still teaches us deep truths.

‘The Two Popes’ promotes dialogue in a polarized Catholic Church and society

By Claire Giangravé — December 16, 2019
VATICAN CITY (RNS) – Held together by engaging writing and artful acting, the movie ‘The Two Popes’ offers an intimate look at the relationship between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, delivering a powerful message about dialogue and mercy along the way.

The rise of fundamentalist Catholicism

By Mark Silk — November 19, 2019
(RNS) — The recent Amazon synod has exposed just how far conservative Catholicism has been reshaped in the image of American evangelicalism.
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