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2 hrs ago | Reuters
Pope Francis is joining the chorus of leaders paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. A Vatican spokesperson read a telegram the pontiff sent to South African President Jacob Zuma, in which the church leader praised the anti-apartheid hero's committment to non-violence and expressed hope that Mandela's example will "inspire generations of South ... (more)
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6 hrs ago | Patch.com
By Jason Ruiter Capital News Service The Maryland Catholic Church lost more than 100,000 members between 2000 and 2010 according to the U.S. Religion Census, but a more direct and humble approach by Pope Francis is leading many to believe he may help re-energize the faithful.
10 hrs ago | Lincoln Daily News
President Barack Obama likes what he sees from Pope Francis, who has called for a more humble Catholic Church that sides with the poor.
Pope Francis may be winning fans with his common touch and insistence on a more humble church, but he has come under attack from conservative American commentators for - in the words of Rush Limbaugh - "ripping America."
After Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation -- in which he criticized global inequalities of wealth and the tenets of so-called trickle-down economics -- right-wing media went on the attack, characterizing the pope's treatise as "disturbingly ignorant" and "pure Marxism."
In this 2011 file picture, Father Thomas Williams gestures during a meeting in Rome.
For victims who silently suffered child abuse at the hands of priests, nothing the Vatican does will ever be quite enough.
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Pope Francis has set up a committee to fight child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and give pastoral care to victims following a recommendation from a council of cardinals he has asked to advise him.
Earlier this week, Jonathan Moseley, in a column published by the looney bin known as WorldNetDaily , denounced Pope Francis ' condemnation of unfettered capitalism and the idolatry of money by asserting that Jesus Christ was a capitalist .
Pope Francis appears to like the night life. He recently revealed that before he was the pope, he worked as a bouncer at a nightclub.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2013; Pope Francis will make his first trip to Israel as pope in May 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican and presents him with official gifts, that include a Hanukkah menorah and a history of the Inquisition, ... (more)
The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops.
In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.
The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church's internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying on Tuesday that its policy was to keep such cases confidential.
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