Pope Francis

Pope to bless Philippines' Duterte, aide says

Pope Francis will bless the Philippines and its leader Rodrigo Duterte, an aide to the president said, in a gesture of goodwill to a controversial figure known for his lurid lambasting of priests and bishops.<p>"When I had the opportunity of kissing the hand of the Pope, I said, 'Bless the …

Asia

Duterte asks Catholic priests to try crystal meth before criticising war on drugs

'Priests should use shabu so they would understand,' the fiery president of the Philippines said.<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte taunted …

Philippines

The Young Pope may be too weird for some viewers who discovered it through memes

This isn’t your typical HBO drama<p><i>The Young Pope</i> has become the internet’s latest TV obsession, and in large part, it’s thanks to the memes it inspired before ever premiering in the United States.<p>Between stills of Jude Law as the young Pope Pius XIII and rearranged song lyrics to spoof the title or …

Entertainment

St. Michael and Our Lady of Fatima: Why 2017 is Such a Critical Moment

I have written elsewhere about why I think that 2017 will be a critical year. I believe it will be a year of hidden blessings or one of something so …

Religion

Mark Shriver, a Catholic in a funk, seeks out Francis

Colman McCarthy Column He kept up the Catholic routine, but his heart wasn't in it. Then he headed out on a faith journey he recounts in <i>Pilgrimage:</i> …

Catholicism

Polish parliament recognizes coronation of Mary as nation's queen

Warsaw, Poland, Jan 18, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Poland's government has adopted multiple resolutions establishing 2017 as a Jubilee Year …

Religion

Retired Catholic priests call for abolishment of celibacy

The Catholic Church should end the celibacy vow, a group of senior priests in Germany has said.<p>In an open letter, the group of 11 high ranking …

Religion

Pope Francis greets Bosnian youth

2017-01-18 Vatican Radio<p>(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday gave a special greeting to a group of children from Bosnia and Herzegovina who have …

Vatican

So, Who Is Really the Youngest Pope of All Time?

Jude Law’s Lenny Belardo from HBO’s <i>The Young Pope</i> may be an unbelievable pope: He’s young, he’s hot, he’s American. He’s also, it turns out, a total …

The three biggest questions heading into next week’s episodes of The Young Pope

With two episodes down in HBO’s The Young Pope, there are a lot of moving pieces at play after the Pope’s shocking exit from his first public …

Entertainment

Boom: 87% of U.S. Catholics view Pope Francis favorably

From <b>Pew:</b><p>Some world leaders begin their tenures with high favorability ratings – only to see their popularity fall over time. But, in the U.S., Pope …

Religion

Pope Audience: We look with hope to unity not division

2017-01-18 Vatican Radio<p>(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said on Wednesday that Christian Unity and reconciliation are possible. He was speaking during …

Vatican

Chaldean archbishop urges Iraqi Catholics to stay and help rebuild

PARIS (RNS ) Iraqi Christians who are considering leaving the country should stay put and play a role in rebuilding their war-shattered homeland, a …

Archbishop

I Think I Worship The Young Pope Now

In episode two of HBO’s <i>The Young Pope</i>, a scene begins with a caged kangaroo thrashing about inside a nearly-filled warehouse that has been drenched …

Entertainment

Francis: Prayer helps us to go on in hope

Prayer helps us go on in hope, even when the going gets tough. This was the crux of Francis’ message at this morning’s General Audience in the Paul …

‘The Young Pope’ Makes the Most Sense When You Think About it as ‘The American Pope’

<i>The Young Pope</i> often often destabilizes its own tone, making it hard to distinguish when it’s attempting satire, melodrama, whatever the hell <i>Twin</i> …

The Young Pope: An Authoritarian With an American Accent

When we first meet Lenny Belardo, he’s crawling out from under a heap of babies into a candlelit St. Peter’s Square. It is a dream, of course, and it …

How Trumpish Is The Young Pope?

<i>The Young Pope</i> is 2017’s first major television Rorschach test; ask different people what they see in it and you will inevitably hear different …

Paolo Sorrentino on Whether Viewers Should Laugh While Watching The Young Pope and the Real Father Who’s Hotter Than Jude Law

When Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino began writing <i>The Young Pope</i> four years ago, he didn’t set out to create a current story. His pontiff, Pope …

Entertainment

US bishops: Health care should be truly universal, affordable

Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2017 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Any changes to health care law under the new administration should not abandon the …

Health Care

The 11 most scandalous popes in history

For centuries, the Catholic Church has elected a pope to don an intricate hat and lead the religion's 1.27 billion adherents across the globe.<p>But not all of the church's 260-odd popes have been models of piety. Actually, a handful of popes are best remembered by their violent tempers, shocking sex …

History

The Young Pope: Inside the architecture of Vatican City

The incredible interiors and beatific buildings in the Holy See’s home<p>HBO’s new limited series The Young Pope starts with a fever dream from his holiness, and proceeds to give viewers a stylized lens through which to watch the intrigue of Vatican politics and the ascension of the world’s first pope …

Vatican

There Was Almost A Young Hot Pope IRL

HBO has the power to make pretty much anything kind of sexy, so it's no surprise that the network cast the ever-charming Jude Law as the pope.<p>HBO's new series <i>The Young Pope</i> stars Law as Lenny Belardo, the Vatican first and youngest American pope, and though the show is filled with premium cable …

Entertainment

Faith Leaders Are Pushing For Changes That Will Alter Our Eating Habits

Something important happened recently. Franklin Graham, who has inherited the mantle of America’s most influential evangelical leader from his father Billy, decided to stop eating meat. In fact, he decided to ditch animal products altogether. Citing the health benefits of The Daniel Diet, he loudly …

Faith

C of E archbishops call on Christians to repent for Reformation split

Justin Welby and John Sentamu recall ‘damage done five centuries ago’ that saw Christian people pitted against each other<p>The two most senior figures in the Church of England have called for Christians to repent for the divisions caused by the Protestant Reformation that split the faith across …

Religion

The Vatican McDonald’s Is Being Accused Of Exploiting The Homeless For Publicity

The hits just keep coming for the Vatican-adjacent McDonald’s. As we previously covered, a lot of people were against the Rome restaurant. Cardinals and other religious leaders didn’t really understand why a chain fast food restaurant needed to be located in the shadow of the center of the Roman …

Vatican

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican demanded on Tuesday that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry into alleged irregularities ordered by Pope Francis.<p>In the latest salvo of a battle of wills between the heads of two of the …

21st Century

Joliet priest says diocese failed to follow protocol to protect children

Standing before parishioners in his historic Joliet church, Rev. Peter Jankowski said years of internal conflict had brought him to this difficult moment. In an emotional homily, the parish priest publicly blew the whistle on his diocese for alleged past failures that he said put children at …

Religion

Sister Eugenia Bonetti: “Trafficking victims are primarily illiterate female minors”

Victims have a difficult time rebuilding their lives because "They become used to being used and then thrown back..."<p>February 8th, the feast day of …

Human Trafficking

Pope Francis blesses Louisiana's anti-human trafficking work: report

Pope Francis blessed Louisiana's efforts to combat human trafficking when he met Wednesday (Jan. 18) with a delegation led by Gov. John Bel Edwards, …

American South