| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:50 AM
VATICAN CITY The newly appointed head of the Vatican's bank, the Institute for Religious Works, pledged on Wednesday to focus on "Catholic, ethical investments," as part of plans to clean up the scandal-plagued institution.
Over the decades, the...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 12:04 PM
Vaticanologists — the Catholic version of Kremlinologists — are journalists and scholars who scrutinize even the most trivial actions for clues to the thinking of the pope. A subset of this group (in which I include myself) pays special...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:44 PM
More married men may be serving as Catholic priests in the U.S. and Canada soon, but not because Pope Francis is about to relax the requirement that Latin Rite priests be celibate.
Last week the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological...
| 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.
| May 22, 2014
| 6:12 PM
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago could have a new leader before the end of the year, according to an unusually candid announcement Thursday that the search for the area’s next archbishop is under way.
That could make Cardinal Francis...
| May 24, 2014
Cardinal Francis George has said for years that he hoped to become the first Roman Catholic archbishop of Chicago to retire and meet his successor. Last week, the archdiocese announced that he could get that chance, with the search for the next archbishop...
| May 23, 2014
| 10:32 AM
Days ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival in Jerusalem as part of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Israeli authorities put the finishing touches on preparations for the visit, smoothing out protocol on pomp, protection and politics.
Half a century after...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 8:38 PM
One helped revolutionize the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion as a vehicle for justice and peace.
The other figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 10:01 AM
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter’s Square and nearby to witness the unprecedented double canonization.
It marked the first time in...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Tens of thousands of pilgrims were gathering here Saturday in heady anticipation of Sunday’s dual canonization of two of the most influential popes of recent times, John Paul II and John XXIII.
It will mark the first time in the long history of...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 12:26 PM
For all its fascination with Pope Francis, the secular media haven’t paid much attention to a papal appointment that has stirred up the Catholic blogosphere. The no-frills pope has “confirmed” (reappointed) Msgr. Guido Marini as Master...
| 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...