HAVANA -- Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the Catholic Church a bigger role in Cuba's public life. Pope Francis? Well, maybe all the good holidays were already […]
Today there is some interesting news that a Catholic Cardinal is admitting that there was a “coup” of sorts that deposed the more conservative Pope Benedict and made him step
(Steven Hayward) One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would...Show More Summary
For journalists, it was the best of popes and it was the worst of popes. News outlets were often negative when Pope Benedict visited the United States in 2008, calling him an “enforcer,” “God’s Rottweiler,” and “very conservative.” Not so this time around for Pope Francis. Show More Summary
Pope Francis addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Friday morning, mentioning a litany of issues but emphasizing climate change and environmental degradation. While Francis was the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, there is a longer history of papal speeches to the UN. The Holy See (the Vatican) is one of two permanent […]
Popes have long dabbled in music: Pope Benedict XVI's voice was featured on 2009's M usic From The Vatican: Alma Mater, and Pope John Paul II appeared on albums like 1999's Abba Pater. Pope Francis, however, may be the first pope to rock. Show More Summary
Joining Brian Williams for his second day back anchoring MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on Wednesday afternoon, Catholic and Hardball host Chris Matthews blasted Francis’s predecessor Pope Benedict XVI for being “so fragile and removed” and possessing a “weakness” and “coldness” that Francis does not have.
The last time a pope visited the U.S. was seven years ago, when then-President George W. Bush welcomed then-Pope Benedict to Washington
It's easy to look at the pope and think: Okay nice, Pope — papal robes, nothing special but they look pretty comfortable. But look again, urges Women’s Wear Daily. It might be that unlike his predecessor — Pope Benedict XVI, who loved his Prada shoes — Pope Francis’s simple, non-frilly... More »
Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S. this week is generating reams of breathless, anticipatory coverage. But all the media excitement can’t change that there are severe, long-run problems for the church that are already having an impact, and that a papal red-carpet tour isn’t going to fix. One of those big problems is the aging [Read More...]
Pope Francis’ mass attracted the faithful and the non-religious alike to Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución Sunday. The previous visits of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict had not interested Salvador, a 47-year-old engineer from Viñales, about an hour and a half away. But his devout mother, who is 79, said she would not…
The traditional hand gesture of papal benediction has a hallowed history, but a bizarre beginning
When the name "Jorge Bergoglio" was called out in March 2013 to announce the new pope, the wider world knew little about the Argentinian Jesuit bishop. Still rocked by the abrupt resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church needed a leader who could take on the mounting challenges of sex abuse trials, economic disorganization and more. Show More Summary
One in a series. Catholic News Service Rome bureau staffers always get to cover papal trips, yet, as Pope Francis’ visit approached, we in Washington began thinking about our favorite moments of when we got to cover popes. No one in our newsroom is a papal rookie, so we agreed to share some of our […]
(Today New Liturgical Movement is happy to share with our readers an article submitted to us by Juventutem DC in commemoration of this anniversary.--PAK) Here we are, eight years after Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, came into effect. Show More Summary
The pope is coming to address the Republican Congress. Boy, do they wish they could take back that invitation. Congressional Republicans invited Pope Benedict XVI to address Congress a while ago. Boy, do they wish they could rescind that invitation now that the much more progressive Pope Francis is gearing up to come to Washington on September 24. Show More Summary
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Friday it would pardon 3,522 prisoners within the next three days on the occasion of the Sept. 19-22 visit by Pope Francis, repeating a similar action it took ahead of a visit by Pope Benedict in 2012...
The New Democrat leader is ‘willing to move on’ after his communications director apologized.
The previous pope, Benedict XVI a few years ago made some waves by suggesting that intellectual property had gone too far, saying: On the part of rich countries there is excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property... Show More Summary
The installation is meant as a commentary on Pope Benedict's opposition to condom use to fight the AIDS epidemic.