| 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...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:43 PM
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in an annual ceremony held to remember the hundreds of innocent people murdered by the Italian mafia, made a solemn plea for mobsters to change or else "end up in hell".
The mafia continues to plague much of southern Italy:...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:45 PM
The aftermath of Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay and will likely become the first openly homosexual player in the National Football League was greeted Monday with the kind of coverage usually reserved for the lead-up to the Super Bowl....
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:38 AM
ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church has “systematically” protected predator priests, allowing “tens of thousands” of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:10 PM
ROME — The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis'...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The subject of the Weinstein Co.'s "Philomena" met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, an unusual encounter that added to the publicity surrounding the movie in the midst of the Oscar race.
Philomena Lee, whose son was sold for adoption by nuns...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:20 PM
A United Nations committee made headlines this week when it released a report criticizing the Vatican — a nation-state as well as the center of Roman Catholicism — for allowing priests to abuse tens of thousands of children over the years. The...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 10:15 AM
"We should be known not by what we oppose, but rather by what we propose," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on the launch of his project called the Imago Dei.
The campaign calls on evangelicals to recognize and affirm that undocumented immigrants, gays,...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:00 AM
A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values.
Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
A sense of humor is the last thing one expects in a dour German drama about the dangers of fanatical Catholicism, but thankfully helmer Dietrich Brueggemann and his sister Anna inject a touch of deliberate silliness into their script for "Stations of...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:21 PM
Three deceased Archdiocese of Chicago priests accused of sexually abusing minors were the focus of anti-abuse activists’ scrutiny Sunday that also drew attention to protocols church officials used to withhold their identities until last week....
| Feb 21, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Walking slowly, with the aid of a retractable cane, Philomena Lee, the 80-year-old Irishwoman who inspired the Oscar-nominated drama "Philomena," appeared under the towering marble rotunda of Los Angeles' City Hall this month to receive the latest of...