| May 23, 2014
| 10:05 AM
| Apr 28, 2014
| 12:39 PM
As Cardinal Francis George battles cancer and prepares to step down as archbishop of Chicago, Roman Catholics are turning to the question of who will take his place.
A great deal is at stake with this appointment. The next archbishop of Chicago will...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:54 PM
On Sunday, April 27, millions of viewers across the globe witnessed the momentous, historical occasion in Vatican City when Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were canonized as saints by Pope Francis, with Pope Emeritus Benedict VI in attendance.
| Apr 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They're issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.
Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a...
| May 3, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Members of a commission on sexual abuse created by Pope Francis said Saturday that they intended to design “clear and effective protocols” to protect children from abusive priests.
The group, which includes experts on the issue and victims...
| Apr 23, 2014
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will be in New York City this weekend to participate in a canonization celebration for Popes John XXIII and john Paul II at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The event, which will be held in conjunction with a similar ceremony in...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Should Isaac Serotta, rabbi at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, ever return to Rome, it will be hard to top his first trip there.
Traveling last month with 19 Chicago-area rabbis as part of the Jewish United Fund Rabbinic...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Following days of conflicting reports whether Russell Crowe would get his wish to meet with Pope Francis, the "Noah" star did make the pontiff's acquaintance on Wednesday, albeit briefly, at Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City....
| Jan 30, 2014
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and...
| Mar 26, 2014
President Obama is scheduled to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, and the meeting will probably take the usual form of encounters between presidents and pontiffs: a polite conversation about their common agenda on poverty and world peace,...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 5:01 AM
Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.
"We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 8:51 AM
ROME -- Pope Francis has given his backing to the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank, Vatican officials said Monday, quashing months of speculation that he might close it down as part of wide-ranging reforms at the Holy See.
In a statement, the Vatican...