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How Pope Francis could turn out to be a stealth reformer

Remember when Pope Francis' pontificate was going to be all about doctrinal reform? After 34 years of reactionary Catholicism under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the story went, Francis was going to tear down the curtains and throw open the windows to let the brisk air and bright sunshine of modernity into the church. Show More Summary

The Truth About Climate Change

In his 2010 World Day of Peace message titled, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that "it would be irresponsible not to take seriously" the signs of a growing environmental crisis.

A brief list of pope selfies, ranked

last weekNews : BlogPost

Pope selfies used to be a novelty. Now, it looks like they'll never stop. This week, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI participated in what were apparently his first two selfies -- at least that we know of. At the same time, Manila residents have been taking selfies with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis, months before the Pontiff visits the Philippines. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Calls for End to 'Senseless Slaughter' of War

Pope Francis has once again weighed in on the issue of war and peace, this time in a message to a meeting of religious men and women in Belgium. Citing the pope who reigned during World War I, Pope Benedict XV, Francis said that allShow More Summary

Pope Benedict Meets with Juventutem and Populus Summorum Pontificum Leaders

According to Zenit News, MessainLatino.it, and Vatican Insider, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI surprised Cosimo Marti, the treasurer of the International Juventutem Federation, with an invitation to visit him yesterday. Marti had asked some...Show More Summary

After Germany's World Cup win, Stephen Colbert declares Benedict XVI pope again

On his first night back after two weeks of vacation, Stephen Colbert caught up on a lot of subjects on Monday's Colbert Report — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)'s lawsuit against President Obama, the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling on contraception and religious rights for corporations, and the World Cup, for starters. Show More Summary

Liberating The Latin Mass

Seven years ago this month, Pope Benedict issued the document Summorum Pontificum, clarifying the legitimacy of the old Latin Mass and giving support to those who remained attached to older rite. Michael Brendan Daugherty praises him as a “brave pope” for doing so, a man who did a “great service for culture and the arts, […]

A game of two popes: Vatican plays down talk of World Cup rivalry

2 months agoReligion : FaithWorld

With Argentina meeting Germany in the World Cup final, the Vatican on Friday brushed aside talk of soccer rivalry between Argentine Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict, a German.

The World Cup Final is a Vatican Cross-Courtyard Derby

Sunday's World Cup final game between Argentina and Germany is a cross-courtyard derby for Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Pope against Pope: Homelands of Benedict and Francis Face Off in World Cup Final

Sunday's World Cup championship game pits Pope Francis' native Argentina against retired Pope Benedict's native Germany. The Catholic Church has witnessed pope/anti-pope feuds. But it has never experienced two popes watching the soccer teams of their homelands battle it out for World Cup supremacy. Show More Summary

Papal World Cup party unlikely: Vatican

Pope Francis said he won't be praying for his home team, while his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, isn't much of a sports fan. The Vatican said both men would want the best team to win.

Pope vs. Pope: World Cup Final Between Argentina And Germany Pits Francis Against Benedict XVI

The FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and Germany could herald a rift in the Catholic church, pitting Argentine-born Pope Francis against German Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Pope Francis has almost surely been secretly rooting for...Show More Summary

In defense of Pope Benedict and the Latin Mass

Twelve summers ago I entered a dusty little church in a Polish neighborhood in Poughkeepsie, New York, that Poles had abandoned long ago. It was a 45-minute drive from my home. The old, wooden high altar and the sanctuary it sat in had...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Meets With Sex Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

In another good move by Pope Francis, he met with six sexual abuse victims by the Catholic church and begged for their forgiveness for the abuse and the horrible way they've been treated by former church leaders (Pope Benedict) and other...Show More Summary

An Archbishop Heightens The Contradictions

Archbishop Nienstedt was Pope Benedict XVI’s kind of cleric. When he was Bishop of Ulm, he condemned some of the theological views of the man who had held the post before him for 25 years, Bishop Raymond Lucker, a noted progressive clergyman who died in 2001. Denouncing his predecessor’s views was an “extraordinary step,” the […]

'The Leftovers' Pilot Recap: After the Pope and Gary Busey Go 'Poof'

The 140 million people who disappear without a trace in HBO’s Rapture-themed drama The Leftovers include a hilariously random assortment of celebrities: Pope Benedict XVI, Condoleezza Rice, J.Lo, Anthony Bourdain, Bonnie Raitt, “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie and Hollywood freakshow Gary Busey. “The Pope. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Won't Rule Out Retiring

In another candid press briefing while on board a plane returning to Rome, this time from the Middle East, Pope Francis reportedly said he would not rule out retiring like his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. “I will do what the Lord tells me to do. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Says He Might Retire

4 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

In little-noticed remarks aboard the papal plane this week, the pontiff said he wouldn’t rule out following Pope Benedict XVI’s path.

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