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Topic - Roman Catholic Church
Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy — a task that will involve looking at how to protect children from pedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims who have already been harmed.
What is the worst problem in the world today? Might it be war, starvation, genocide, sectarian violence, murder, slaughter of babies in the womb? Any of these would be a rational answer.
Conservative radio talk show icon Rush Limbaugh said Pope Francis has issued a 50,000-word statement, "The Joy of the Gospel," that contains notable suggestions for Catholic Church reform — but of dismay is the pontiff's economic principles and denouncement of capitalism.
Pope Francis is generally known as the religious head of the Catholic Church, keeper of the Vatican key. But even he has a past. He was a bar bouncer.
Pope Francis had a closed-door meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the latest example of the pontiff’s deeper wade into politics than his Catholic Church predecessors.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said the Catholic Church will not stand down its opposition to Obamacare’s birth control mandate and warned that the president will lose substantial support if he doesn’t compromise.
Croatians on Sunday are voting in a referendum that could ban gay marriages after conservative groups, backed by the influential Roman Catholic Church, demanded that the country's constitution define the matrimony as a union of a man and a woman.
Catholic Church leaders in the Dominican Republic say President Obama’s choice for ambassador – the openly gay James “Wally” Brewster, who arrived in-state this week with his male “spouse” in tow – is disrespectful, and has touched off a firestorm among the faithful.
In an apparent sign that Pope Francis means business, the leading Catholic Church figure appointed his personal, top-ranking assistant to step into an inquiry of Vatican banking and Holy See financial transactions that he set up earlier this year.
Pope Francis said Tuesday in his first apostolic exhortation that no matter how progressive-minded the world turns, the Catholic Church can never compromise on its "no abortion" rule — it's a matter of human dignity.
News reports of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit with Pope Francis on Monday in Rome indicated the event was symbolic, but mending a centuries-old rift between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches isn't likely to happen soon.
John F. Kennedy's assassination was "the day the earth stood still" for the Catholic community, said one of the church's most beloved and outspoken cardinals, Timothy Dolan.
Pope Francis said Thursday that the Catholic Church will not accept a Middle East without Christians, who are often forced to flee areas of unrest in the region, Agence France-Presse first reported.
It was September, not an easy time for a religious Jew to be traveling. The Jewish month of Tishrei was ending with its marathon of holy days. Kosher wine would be needed. There were Sabbath blessings to recite. Fortunately, Rabbi Abraham Skorka had a friend with the run of a hotel who arranged for kosher meals and said "amen" to the rabbi's prayers.