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Pope Francis, the 'cold-call pope', reaches out and touches a lot of people

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Of all the novelties that Pope Francis has brought to the Vatican, few have endeared him to the public — and unsettled his aides — as much as his penchant for picking up the phone and calling someone out of the blue. popefrancis ...
Pope Francis: Beloved by hundreds of millions around the world, plus top New York media power players

- 2 weeks ago @ An overwhelming number told the Hollywood Reporter he is their "dream interview."

Pope Francis is the holy grail of interviews for media moguls

- 2 weeks ago @ What do BuzzFeed's Ben Smith, CBS News' Scott Pelley, and Vice's Shane Smith have in common? They all dream of interviewing Pope Francis. The Hollywood Reporter released its annual "35 Most Powerful ...

Pope Francis is media moguls' dream interview

- 2 weeks ago @ Everyone from BuzzFeed's Ben Smith to CBS News' Scott Pelley dream of interviewing the Pope.

Paul B. Farrell: Pope Francis’s new ‘Climate Change Encyclical’ sneak preview

- 2 weeks ago @ Here’s a sneak peak of Pope Francis’s historic “Climate Change Encyclical,” soon to be released, complete with talking points for his upcoming address to the joint session of Congress. We’ll analyze them.

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Taking Note | Pope Francis Weighs the Bishops' Role in the Sex Abuse Scandal

There finally was a significant consequence this week when Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph three years after he was convicted of failing to alert criminal authorities about a priest ...

Pope Francis to Knight New York Rabbi

Jewish Daily Forward: NEW YORK (JTA) – Pope Francis will confer papal knighthood on Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Manhattan's Park East Synagogue. Schneier, the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and a Holocaust survivor, is being honored for his work promoting ...

Open letter to Pope Francis: thank you for Archbishop Cordileone! (petition)

Lifesite: By signing this open letter you consent to have your name publicly listed as a signatory, and published below the text of this letter in the newspaper. BACKGROUND: Any one who agrees with the content of this open letter to Pope Francis is welcome to sign.

2015 NFL Schedule: Pope Francis requested the Eagles be out of town during Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia, and because of it, the Eagles will be hitting the road. The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, the result of 136 computers generating thousands of possible outcomes before the final one is chosen ...

Pope Francis to visit Cuba in September

CNN: Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has displayed a deep interest in international affairs. He repeatedly urged Western leaders not to bomb Syria, hosted a prayer service between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the Vatican and waded into ...

Pope Francis forces out US bishop who chose Church over children

IrishCentral (blog): Much criticism of Finn has come from within Pope Francis' own team, particularly from Marie Collins, a member of the Pope's advisory committee on abuse. This week, before the resignation announcement, Collins, who is from Ireland, told Catholic news ...

Pope Francis is starting to look a lot like Sarah Palin or Kevin Rudd

The Guardian: Not in God, but rather, in Pope Francis. It seems a betrayal to even write these words. I'm a progressive Catholic who longs for a church that is more welcoming of women, homosexuals and divorced people. I want a church where the hierarchy spends more ...

Dear Pope Francis: thank you for the gift of Archbishop Cordileone (petition)

Lifesite: IMPORTANT: Any one who agrees with the content of this open letter to Pope Francis is welcome to sign. However, we are primarily seeking the signatures of Catholics located in the San Francisco archdiocese. The goal is to publish this open letter, ...


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Dear Pope Francis, Namibia was the 20th century's first genocide

The Guardian: It is now a week since Pope Francis described the slaughter of between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians, by the forces of Ottoman Turkey during the First World War, as “the first genocide of the 20th century”. The responses to the pontiff's statement have ...

Turkey's Erdogan 'condemns' pope over Armenian genocide comment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is "condemning" Pope Francis for describing the slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks as "the first genocide of the 20th century" and for urging the international community to recognize it as such.


What your baby's brain on pain looks like, Pope Francis accepts US bishop's

Deseret News: Here's our daily list of articles from across the Web about faith and family related topics as well as our other four areas of emphasis: education, causes, media and moneywise. Some of these stories will find their way to The Pulse, a curated list of ...

Philadelphia Prepares For The Monumental Challenge Of Hosting Pope Francis

Huffington Post: PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Advance preparations for the wildly popular Pope Francis, due in Philadelphia five months from now, might rival the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Security stakes are high, both for the pontiff and the estimated 1.5 to 2 million ...

Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

Catholic News Agency: Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did.

Pope Francis is mulling a proposal on bishop accountability - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

Covering all things Catholic: The Vatican's special commission on clergy sexual abuse has given Pope Francis a proposal on how to punish bishops who failed to protect minors from sexual abuse by clergy under their oversight. Marie Collins, a member of the panel — formally known as ...

Exorcism 'Boom' Credited Partly to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has another feather to add to his pontiff hat, lately being credited, in part, for an increase in the number of exorcisms performed globally.

Erdogan angry over pope's genocide 'mistake'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday expressed anger over the pope's use of the word genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians in World War I, saying such talk was nonsense and the pontiff should not repeat such a mistake again. Ankara at the weekend summoned the Vatican nuncio and recalled the Turkish envoy to the Holy See in a furious reaction to Pope Francis ...

Pope's genocide comments spark indifference, frustration among Turks

By Tuvan Gumruku and Ece Toksabay ANKARA/IZMIR (Reuters) - When Pope Francis became the first pontiff to publicly call the 1915 Armenian massacre a genocide this weekend, the reaction from Ankara was swift and irate: it summoned the Vatican ambassador for a dressing down and recalled its own envoy. Francis sparked the diplomatic row on Sunday by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million ...


A Letter to Pope Francis

First Things (blog): I recall with pleasure and gratitude my visit to the Vatican in November and your moving address to our Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. There, gathered with leaders of the world's great religious traditions, East and ...

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