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Francis has been dubbed the "cold-call pope" due to his penchant for picking up the phone and calling all sorts of folks. But his habit can also encourage hoaxes and pranksters, and the Vatican this week had to deny two reports of alleged papal phone calls.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) For Pope Francis, just six months on the job, the Syria question will test his ability to summon the power of his global bully pulpit, and could play a major role in shaping the global image of a man who's been lauded for his down-to-earth pastoral appeal.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' new Secretary of State will replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a trusted aide of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who had been blamed for the mismanagement and scandals that plagued the Vatican in recent years.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic Church has been following with concern the radicalization of Syria's civil war. The country hosts a sizable Christian minority, which has mostly sided with Bashar al-Assad during the two-year long conflict.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis celebrates his daily Mass using Communion wafers made by Gabriela Caballero, a 38-year-old woman who is serving a seven-year jail term outside Buenos Aires.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI said the pontiff didn't resign because of a "mystical experience" with God, saying "There is nothing true in that story."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reports say retired Pope Benedict XVI decided to become the first pope in 600 years to resign because "God told me" to step aside.
(RNS) After its four-day annual assembly, the board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80 percent of the nation’s 57,000 sisters, emphasized the positive and remained tight-lipped about negotiations over the doctrinal investigation launched by the Vatican two years ago.
(RNS) Schismatic Roman Catholics priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to lead them.
(RNS) “If you are a Catholic gift and book store and you are not willing to reinvent yourself, you are going to be out of business,” said Alan Napleton, president of the Catholic Marketing Network. “God doesn’t seem to suspend the laws of economics just because we’re Catholic."
(RNS) Many Catholic conservatives argue that Pope Francis doesn’t actually mean what the media and public think he means, and say the pope’s honeymoon will get a cold shower when liberals see that the new pope is just as orthodox as his predecessors.
(RNS) Cultural icons surge and retreat like tsunamis. But even in this viral era, lightning international popularity with a moral message is something unusual. Since the dawn of broadcast media, who else has managed this trick as well as Francis when starting with so little in the way of fame?
(RNS) The Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Miguel Diaz, a theologian, and he gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poor a priority.
(RNS) While it is a long-established Vatican practice to send messages to the world's religious leaders on their major holy days, those greetings are usually signed by the Vatican's department for interfaith dialogue. This time, Pope Francis personally extended his greetings ahead of Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan.