(RNS) — Legislation can't force an unwilling public to make the dramatic adjustments needed to save the planet. Instead, we should heed the pope's call for a fundamental change of life, like that of the saint he is named after.
(RNS) — In his recent 'Gaudete et Exsultate,' Pope Francis teaches that living the Beatitudes means 'going against the flow' in a world that pushes us in the opposite direction from holiness.
ROME (RNS) 'From the first moment, I felt that I needed to come to you! Simply to express my closeness to you, nothing more,' the pontiff told survivors in an emotional meeting in the devastated town of Amatrice.
ROME (RNS) On World Day of Prayer for Peace, Francis lunched with refugees from Syria, Eritrea, Mali and Nigeria, including a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old.
ASSISI, Italy (RNS) When the pontiff visits this Umbrian hilltown next week it will mark the third time in less than four years -- and locals couldn't be happier.
KRAKOW, Poland — 'Once and for all, may we realize that nothing justifies shedding the blood of a brother or sister,' the pope told a gathering of youth.
(RNS) When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013, he picked a new papal name -- “Francis.” It sent a clear message that he would be a new kind of pontiff with his own ideas for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The scandal has shaken the order inspired by its founder’s devotion to poverty and prayer. It is active in 110 countries and had more than 14,000 members.
(RNS) You've heard of the scapegoat, right? Here's how it fits into the overlap of Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha and St. Francis of Assisi.
(RNS) The national ecumenical program encourages young adults, aged 18 to 35, to connect social and environmental justice activities with Franciscan teachings that stress the interconnectedness of creation.
ROME (RNS) After Pope Francis' election on March 13, "Francesco" lept into first among most popular names in Rome and has grown more popular since then.
ROME (RNS) Then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio surprised Vatican watchers by becoming the first pope in 2,000 years to pick the name Francis, and he has since looked to emulate his namesake by keeping much of the luxuries of the papacy at arm's length.
(RNS) It would be a mistake to conclude from his first unprecedented actions that Pope Francis is disdainful of Catholic tradition. On the contrary, the new pope seems attuned to very specific Catholic traditions of church reform that claim his attention and color his vision of genuine Christianity.
(RNS) Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media. But some constituencies in the church are decidedly cautious or even unhappy with Francis, and their grumbling may portend future troubles for the pope.
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.
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