(RNS) — For the past three decades, the most heinous anti-Jewish excesses of the world's most famous Passion play have been slowly eliminated, but more work needs to be done.
(RNS) — Sister Helen Prejean talked to Religion News Service about how she became involved in social justice, why she thinks the death penalty is on its way out and how she got to 'bump into two popes along the way.'
(RNS) — The formation of a Catholic priest should be challenging intellectually but should also teach him how to empower the people in his parish.
(The Conversation) — California in the 1960s was the epicenter for spiritual experimentation. And among those looking for personal and social transformation, the unlikeliest seekers may have been a small community of Roman Catholic religious: the Immaculate Heart Sisters.
(AP) — In recent weeks, he has affirmed with 'magisterial authority' that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were 'irreversible.'
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — It’s not every day that Pope Francis chooses to invoke the full weight of his office. But when it comes to the furious internal rows over Catholic worship, he’s decided enough is enough.
(RNS) One expert calls it the first time active conversion of Jews was so clearly repudiated in a Vatican document.
She was an abused and terrified child who grew up to challenge her church, a new biography reveals. Yet this maverick sister and writer is a traditionalist -- in her own way.
(RNS) The head of a schismatic traditionalists recently labeled Jews ``enemies of the Church.'' And while that statement could have sparked an interfaith crisis, it's instead motivated Catholic leaders to directly repudiate him with strongly worded pledges of friendship with Jews.
(RNS) Released from the Catholic cocoon of seminary in 1962, the four young priests faced a church on the brink of volcanic reform with the opening of the Second Vatican Council. After being schooled in a Vatican I church, the foursome would step down as powerful American prelates, five decades later, as quintessential Vatican II men. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.
(RNS) In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council, much has been accomplished in building a new relationship between Catholics and Jews. What Pope John XXIII began in 1962 represented the beginning of the end of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. By A. James Rudin.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI joined a small remnant of living "council fathers" to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, a watershed event that dramatically altered the life and outlook of the Catholic Church. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) In a massive display of solemn ecclesiastical pomp, hundreds of Catholic leaders strode into St. Peter’s Basilica 50 years ago, the start of an historic three-year assembly that would change the way the world’s largest Christian body viewed itself and the rest of the world. By John Pope.
(RNS) Fifty years after he opened the revolutionary Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII, known as the Good Pope, is on the verge of being declared a saint. Perhaps the key question is: Should he be? By Greg Tobin.
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly told the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that they must accept the Second Vatican Council, a move that might seal the fate of years of negotiations to bring the group fully back into the Catholic fold. By Alessandro Speciale.
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