| 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...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 8:52 PM
Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect.
The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:59 AM
Cardinal Francis George’s decision to stay at home during the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II means he also will miss a scheduled meeting with the current pontiff "to report on Chicago and where we go next."
| 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 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...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Forgiveness. It’s a characteristic in somewhat short supply these days.
Just ask Anthony Weiner. Or San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Or the Fullerton firefighter charged in the Huntington Beach mayhem. Or any DWP worker who has ever called in sick....
| Aug 2, 2013
| 8:22 AM
By Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times In our line of work as photojournalists we might witness tragedy, triumph, joy and misery all in the same day. There has been no shortage of this in my 30-plus years in journalism. We are often in the front row to...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON — When a White House speechwriter turned in a draft of a major speech on economic policy this month, President Obama sent it back with an unusual instruction: Add a reference to the pope.
The final version of the speech quoted...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Though the Vatican hasn't made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents.
Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Lou Reed, the singer-songwriter whose darkly poetic recordings as frontman for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist provided indispensable blueprints for punk, glam, noise rock and nearly every identifiable strain of indie rock, died on October 27....
| Oct 30, 2013
| 3:27 PM
ROME -- The U.S. National Security Agency may have spied on the future Pope Francis in the run-up to his election in March, an Italian magazine reported Wednesday. The NSA strongly denied the report.
Without citing sources, Panorama magazine said the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:30 AM
There's something fitting about Andrzej Wajda bringing Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa to life, just as it's proper that he subtitles the film "Man of Hope." For "Walesa. Man of Hope" is a natural companion piece to the great director's landmark "Man...