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The Jesus we’ve inherited from centuries of Christian art is a lie

Over the past few decades, the question of what Jesus looked like has cropped up again and again. Much has been made of a digital reconstruction of a Judaean man created for a BBC documentary, <i>Son of God</i>, in 2001. This was based on an ancient skull and, using the latest technology (as it was), shows …

Theology

Pope Francis blesses child on the street

The family of a disabled child got an unexpected papal audience on the streets of Lima while Pope Francis was visiting Peru. CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

Christianity

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Popes Homily at the Shrine of Our Lord of Miracles: Full Text

CNS/Paul HaringDear Sisters from different monasteries of contemplative life:How good it is to be here in this Shrine of the Lord of Miracles, …

Catholicism

You know the one about the Franciscan, the Carmelite, and the Jesuit on retreat?

Another classic joke featuring three of the most popular religious orders in Catholicism<p>A Franciscan, a Carmelite, and a Jesuit are on retreat in a …

China church demolition sparks fears of campaign against Christians

Footage has emerged of the Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi province being razed by local authorities<p>A church in northern China was demolished this week, the second in less than a month, sparking fears of a wider campaign against Christians as authorities prepare to enforce new laws on …

Pope Francis says reforming Vatican as hard as cleaning Sphinx with toothbrush

Pope Francis issued a stinging new critique of the Vatican's top administration on Thursday, saying "traitors" stood in the way of his reforms and made any change as hard as cleaning Egypt's Sphinx "with a toothbrush".<p>For the fourth year running, Francis used his annual Christmas greetings to the …

Don't argue with the Devil - he's much more intelligent than us, says Pope Francis

The Devil is more intelligent than mere mortals and should never be argued with, Pope Francis has warned.<p>Satan is not a metaphor or a nebulous concept but a real person armed with dark powers, the Pope said in forthright remarks made during a television interview.<p>“He is evil, he’s not like mist. …

Pope Francis given a Lamborghini sports car - but plans to auction it for charity

Famously frugal in his tastes, Pope Francis normally favours modest Fiats and Fords when he is driven around on trips abroad, but on Wednesday he took possession of something a little classier – a Lamborghini supercar.<p>The white-painted, special edition Lamborghini Huracan, which sells for around …

Sports Cars

The Catholic world is about to be turned upside down

By 2050, the leading Catholic nations will be in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This will change everything<p>The Catholic Church worldwide is passing …

Catholicism

BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm (CNA).- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK …

Catholicism

Memo to Theologians: No to Theological Mob Rule

On October 11, 2017, Pope Francis addressed participants of a meeting organised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The …

Theology

Wealthy donors working to limit 'inappropriate' religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Oct 18, 2017 / 02:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A network of wealthy donors is funding a series of well-organized lobbying campaigns to …

LGBTQ

Pope at Mass: ‘Pray for leaders despite their mistakes’

(Vatican Radio) As Christians we must pray for our elected leaders, even if we don’t agree with their politics. That was Pope Francis’ message during …

Christianity

Pope contemplates Our Lady of Sorrows at Santa Marta Mass

Pope Francis’ homily at the Mass in the Casa Santa Marta this morning focused on the figure of Our Lady of Sorrows, whose feast day the Church …

Vatican

A civil answer to the marriage question

There was a bit of a kerfuffle last week regarding Jacob Rees-Mogg’s view on same-sex marriage. He is opposed but effectively said that it wasn’t up to him to decide: ‘I take the teachings of the Catholic Church seriously. Marriage is a sacrament and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with …

Pope Francis challenges Colombians to build peaceful future

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has concluded his visit to Colombia where he spent five days meeting victims of the country’s civil war and urging all …

Vatican

Pope in Colombia at Mass: ‘Peace requires healing of sins’

(Vatican Radio) <b>Pope Francis</b> celebrated Mass in Cartagena’s port area on Sunday at the conclusion of his Apostolic Visit to <b>Colombia</b>.The Holy Father …

Christianity

Pope in Colombia appeals for ‘rejection of violence in political life’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appealed for “the rejection of all violence in political life” and for an end to the crisis in Venezuela, while on …

Christianity

Pope Angelus: The temptation to follow a Christ without a Cross

(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Angelus Prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis delved into the meaning of this Sunday’s Gospel reading, telling …

Vatican

Pope Angelus: renewed prayers for those hit by US and South Asia floods

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus address in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis renewed his spiritual closeness to the populations of South …

Vatican

Pope Francis' prayer intention for September: 'For parishes at service of mission'

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has released a video message accompanying his monthly prayer intention for September.This month’s intention is for …

Christianity

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: praying for creation

(Vatican Radio) <b>Pope Francis</b> has issued a Joint Message with the <b>Ecumenical Patriarch</b> of Constantinople, <b>Bartholomew I</b>, to mark the Sept. 1st <b>World Day</b> …

Christianity

Pope Francis at Angelus: all have role in building Church

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the <i>Angelus</i> with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.<b>Gospel episode</b>Ahead of the …

Pope Francis

Pope Francis: prayers for flood victims in Bangladesh, India, Nepal

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis offered prayers on Sunday for the victims of massive flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal, and northern India over the past …

Pope Francis

Vatican releases logos for Pope Francis' visit to Bangladesh, Myanmar

(Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Monday released the official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh.The Pope travels to …

Pope Francis

The mood of young people at the 7th Asian Youth Day ‎

Thursday was the first full day of the Catholic Church’s 7th Asian Youth Day (AYD7) that is taking centre stage in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the …

Vatican

Pope Francis to German soccer team: ‘Be athletes for peace’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met briefly with the managers and players of the German “Borussia Mönchengladbach” soccer team on Wednesday, inviting …

Vatican

Young people at AYD are inspired while sharing - Card. D’Rozario ‎

The 7th Asian Youth Day (AYD7) kicked off on Wednesday in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with an inaugural concelebrated Mass in the evening …

Vatican