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Pictures of the Week 9.24.15

The Pope Shows Congress How to Do Politics

In listening to the pope's address to Congress, I was initially most interested to hear what he would say about capitalism. Would he remind the U.S. …

United Nations

Here's What's Inside the Pope's Carry-On

Popes, they're just like us!<p>While perusing AP-writer Nicole Winfield's reflections from aboard the papal plane—in preparation for Pope Francis's …

Pope Francis

Vatican: No church proceedings against German 'bling bishop'

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Limburg diocese says the Vatican won't open church law proceedings or examine possible compensation claims against its former bishop, removed by Pope Francis amid a scandal over his 31 million-euro ($35-million) new residence.<p>The diocese said earlier this year that it had …

Belgium

The Vatican is in damage-control mode after the Pope sent his blessings to a same-sex family

When Francesca Pardi sent Pope Francis her children’s book, <i>Why do you have two moms?</i> she probably wasn’t expecting a response.<p>In her letter, sent on …

Man facing execution for girl's 1989 kidnapping, rape, death

Roderick Nunley, 50, is scheduled for lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT. Investigators say he and his co-defendant randomly targeted and kidnapped Ann Harrison as she waited outside her Kansas City home for the school bus in 1989. The girl was then raped and fatally stabbed.<p>Gov. Jay Nixon was also …

Crime

TransTech Helps Transgender People Get Jobs In Tech And, Soon, The White House

Transgender and gender non-conforming people are at risk of facing injustice and discrimination wherever they are: in their childhood homes, schools, the workplace and even in line at the grocery store.<p>This discrimination can lead to missed education and professional development opportunities, …

LGBTQI

Video Appears to Show Texas Police Fatally Shooting a Man With His Hands Up

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Crime

Pope marks first World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

(Vatican Radio) “Today is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us work and pray.” That was the papal message on Twitter on Tuesday …

Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens

The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes has confirmed that the Vatican Observatory in Rome believes in life on other planets.<p>Despite once …

John Paul II

Deadly Nepal earthquake was not the 'Big One,' scientists say

Though a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal on April 25, ripping through the mountainous country and killing about 9,000 people, it may not have been the region's "Big One," new research shows.<p>A pair of studies examining the physics of the temblor help reveal how so many small buildings and …

Michael Brown Anniversary: Police Shoot Suspect in Ferguson, Missouri

A young man was shot by police after allegedly opening fire on plainclothes officers late Sunday in the Missouri town marking the one-year anniversary of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown's fatal shooting by police.<p>U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch condemned the attack on the officers and …

Law Enforcement

Vatican calls on A-G to indict extremist Jewish leader following endorsement of burning churches

Letter filed to A-G urges action in face of "real danger to churches and Christian communities in Israel."<p>Rabbi Bentzi Gopstein. (photo credit: ARIK …

The Pope Calls These Hollywood Stars To The Vatican For A Special Meeting

Since taking over in 2013, Pope Francis, the current leader of the Catholic Church, has made waves for what many followers view as unorthodox stances …

Pope Francis to name Chicago Archbishop Cupich, top US ally, to Vatican summit on family

<b>Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.</b><p>(RNS) Pope Francis passed over more conservative candidates such as San …

Reliquary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in St. Peter’s for Jubilee Ash Wednesday

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican announced on Monday that the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, will be exposed for veneration …

Pope Francis Ushers in Era of Vatican Austerity

The pontificate of Pope Francis with his emphasis on poverty has resulted in a new tone of austerity in Vatican circles, with clerics avoiding any …

Suspect in Memphis officer's death tells police after manhunt: 'I'm not a coward'

Tremaine Wilbourn, who evaded officers for two days following shooting of Sean Bolton, says he is ‘not a cold-blooded killer’ after turning himself in<p>The man accused of killing a Memphis police officer had a few words for the department’s director when he turned himself in, ending a manhunt that …

Crime

Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical

<b>AMY GOODMAN:</b> Our guest is Naomi Klein, journalist, best-selling author. Her most recent book is <i>This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate</i>, …

TTD gets a DEMAT account: Why the temple should not go the Vatican way

In a unique move, the body that manages the richest temple in the world, the Tirumala Tirupati Devesthanams (TTD) has opened up a demat account to …

Pope Francis Invites Oprah, Ari Emanuel to the Vatican

The pontiff has shortlisted Hollywood heavy-hitters for a special meeting at the Vatican this fall. The topic? Improving the church's portrayal in …

Oprah Winfrey
Mercedes-Benz

The Vatican doesn’t think there is a Jesus 2.0

Working out of one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, Fr. Funes has long been open to the prospect of discovering …

Vatican

Vatican provides homeless with showers under Pope's initiative: 'They treat you like a friend here'

As thousands of summer tourists lined up in St Peter’s Square to catch a glimpse of its magnificent basilica, an Italian woman sat slumped under its …

Christianity