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Pope Francis Gets Castro to Go to Church

Pope Francis Gets Castro to Go to Church

By Mike Tuttle May 10, 2015

Wouldn’t it be funny if the history of relations between the United States and Cuba were bookended in history by two Catholics? On the one end, there is the Cuban Missile Crisis standoff that featured President John F. Kennedy. On …

Nun Wins ‘Voice’ Contest in Italy

One of the biggest goals of Pope Francis in his brief popedom thus far has been to get the Catholic Church closer to the average person, prompting church officials to “go out into the streets”. Francis’s message resonated with Sister …

Pope Francis Stresses Peace During Holy Land Visit

Monday wrapped up the end of an arduous, three day trip to the Holy Land for Pope Francis, only the fourth such trip by a pope since the inception of the Catholic church some 2,000 years ago. Before embarking on …

The Pope’s Not Joining Facebook, It’s Just Too Abusive The Pope’s Not Joining Facebook, It’s Just Too Abusive

The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God – Pope Francis, January 2014 Well, maybe not Facebook. The Pope (the Pope’s Vatican social media team) does have a …

Christiano Ronaldo on TIME’s ‘Most Influential’ List

FIFA soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is featured this year in TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and joins other influentials like Pope Francis, Barack Obama and pop icon Beyoncé on this year’s list. There were only five …

Pope Francis Canonizes Two Pontiffs

Pope Francis named two distinctive papal predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, as saints before a congregation of hundreds of thousands of witnesses in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday, during an unprecedented service that was attended …

John Paul Crucifix Falls in Ceremony, Crushing Man

Three days before former pope John Paul II is to be canonized — declared a saint, in a spectacular ceremony — a horrific accident has taken the life of a pilgrim in Italy, 21-year-old Marco Gusmini. An enormous sculpture of …

Shroud of Turin Is A Fake, Say Scientists

The Shroud of Turin, revered by many as proof positive of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is a fake, according to non-profit group The Skeptics Society. “It’s like Big Foot. Every time someone comes up with a new theory or …

Floribeth Mora Attributes Life to Pope John Paul II

Floribeth Mora was dying of an aneurysm in Costa Rica about three years ago. Doctors had determined it was inoperable. As Mora laid in her bed and waited to die, however, she noticed a photograph of Pope John Paul II …

Pope Francis Open to Gay Civil Unions – or Is He?

The Brisbane Times reported recently that it appears that Pope Francis, just one year into his tenure as the Vicar of Christ on Earth, may be hinting tacit support for gay civil unions. In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere …

Atlanta Archbishop Selling Mansion

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said Saturday that he’ll move out of his $2.2 million mansion and place it on the market in early May, after coming under harsh criticism for building such opulent digs. Gregory said he’ll contribute the funds …

Atlanta Archbishop Apologizes For Mansion Home

“Pope Francis is setting the example for all clergy worldwide.” Last week, Pope Francis removed German bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst for spending $43 million on a new residence and renovations. On Monday, an Atlanta archbishop voluntarily stepped up to the …

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst Dismissed by Pope

The Vatican announced Wednesday that the resignation of embattled Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had been accepted. Pope Francis had temporarily expelled the German bishop from his diocese back in October, due to his $42.7 million project to build …

Pope Addresses Mobsters At Church Vigil

If Italy’s mobsters won’t listen to reason, maybe they will listen to the Pope. Pope Francis was attending a prayer vigil at a Roman church for relatives of innocent people killed by mobsters when he gave the warning. The vigil …

Pope Francis Nominates Eight Advisors to Sex Abuse Commission

Eight members were chosen Saturday as advisors for the Vatican’s sex abuse policy. According to the CS Monitor, the Associated Press reported that Pope Francis’ elected members would be ahead of a commission panel, which would report any sexual assault …

Pope Francis Celebrates One Year At The Vatican

On March 13, 2013, Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th Pope. The announcement of a new Pope came at nighttime, as white smoke poured from the chimney and caused the crowd to cheer while waiting to see …

Pope Francis Marks One Year as Pontiff

Pope Francis is now one year into his tenure as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church as a whole. And what a year it’s been! The past 12 months have seen more news come out of the …