VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Church’s all-male clergy to women.
(RNS) Vice President Joe Biden and former House speaker John Boehner, devout Catholics and longtime political foes, will share a prestigious honor from the University of Notre Dame in a rebuke of the polarization of American politics.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, filed for bankruptcy protection in December following a jury verdict that held the diocese responsible for more than half of an $8.1 million judgment on behalf of a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest.
For three weeks in October, Roman Catholic bishops held their most significant and contested gathering in the past 50 years.
The synod of 270 cardinals and bishops from around the world was the second called by Pope Francis to address whether Catholicism could adapt its teachings to the changing realities of modern family life.
NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis told world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Friday (September 25) they must work to protect creation because “a true ‘right of the environment’ does exist”—a right he said was bound up with a moral duty to assure the basic needs of “the vast ranks of the excluded.”
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis ended his historic, and taxing, trip to the U.S. on Sunday (September 27) after again renewing his call to American Catholics—and, by extension, the entire church—to move beyond a “narrow” vision of Catholicism that he denounced as “a perversion of faith.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) In a deeply personal talk that blended poetry and a new set of marching orders for the U.S. hierarchy, Pope Francis on Wednesday (September 23) told U.S. bishops to reject “harsh and divisive language” and to reach out to the world, especially those in need.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pope Francis canonized a controversial 18th-century Spanish missionary on Wednesday—but he made scant mention of the new saint, Junipero Serra, whom he has defended for protecting Native Americans.
(RNS) In two wide-ranging new interviews, the pontiff discusses matters both weighty and personal, such as: the perils of his popularity, his plans to welcome divorced and remarried Catholics, and his fear that the church has locked Jesus up like a prisoner.