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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

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

Pope Francis is the holy grail of interviews for media moguls

- 1 month 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

- 1 month 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

- 1 month 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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5 faith facts about Martin O'Malley: 'A Pope Francis Democrat'

... getting caught illegally crossing the Southwest border. He also signed a law allowing some undocumented immigrants to be eligible for in-state college tuition. Such actions prompted one Maryland state senator to call O'Malley “a Pope Francis ...

Pope Francis High School: Springfield diocese announces new name for SPRINGFIELD -- The new name of the combining Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools has been announced: Pope Francis High School. The name of the school was chosen by a group of Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic students working with school ...

Pope Francis to greet children of prisoners with a train ride and a gift of kites

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis wants to treat the children of Italian prisoners to a train ride within the Vatican walls, a gesture intended to draw Catholics' attention to Jesus' command to minister to prisoners and the poor. On Saturday (May 30 ...

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz in 2016

Raw Story: Pope Francis will likely visit the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz when he comes to Poland next year for a major Catholic festival, an archbishop from the devout country said Friday. The Argentine pontiff has yet to confirm the side trip but ...

Pope Francis: Faith Does Miracles, Not Business Deals

Aleteia EN: VATICAN CITY — Authentic faith, which is open to others, does miracles, not business deals, Pope Francis said on Friday morning, May 29, at Holy Mass in the Chapel of Santa Marta. The Pope therefore urged Christians not to succumb to a selfish ...

Pope Francis brings nuance to notion of complementarity

Pope Francis' opening speech to the colloquium opened up the possibility for thinking anew about complementarity as a foundational sexual anthropological idea. Since the concept will continue to be a substratum of discussions at the upcoming Synod of ...

Pope Francis proves how stagnant Israel has become

Haaretz: Has the voice of the chief rabbi sounded in our land as has the voice of Pope Franciscus, warning day and night of injustice and inequality as the main threats to the human race? When have we last heard a rabbi taking on the fight of a poor ...

Looking for a miracle: Tickets for Pope Francis's Washington visit already

Pope Francis's visit to Washington is months away, but already it's causing some of the most ardent followers of the Holy See's head to flirt with one of the top-10 taboos — the one about not coveting. Tickets to the pope's addresses — he's leading ...


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There but for the grace of God: What Pope Francis thinks of prisoners

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison -- at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in ...

Pope Francis' Integral Ecology

Huffington Post: Rumor has it that integral ecology is the central theme of Pope Francis' encyclical on ecology and climate, due out at the end of summer. Encyclicals, "the highest and most comprehensive level of teaching in the Catholic Church," are the primary ...

Pope Francis getting early buzz on climate change

SFGate (blog): The popular Pope Francis, who got off to a running start by embracing gays and lesbians, is expected to call for action against climate change to protect all of creation and a responsibility of humanity's stewardship of the Earth. Carolan said he ...

New mural to honor Pope Francis Artist Ceasar Viveros, right, shows off the mural planned for the future home of Saint Malachy school during the Thursday announcement of a new mural to commemorate the visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia. DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer.

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 ...

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.


Pope Francis Hasn't Watched TV Since 1990 and He Misses Going Out for Pizza

TIME: You'd think anyone with an important job would relish the chance to have a pizza delivered and devour it in front of the television. Well, as Pope Francis keeps proving, he's not just anyone. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who has made waves ...

Pope Francis Hasn't Watched TV Since 1990, Misses Going Out for Pizza You'd think anyone with an important job would relish the chance to have a pizza delivered and devour it in front of the television. Well, as Pope Francis keeps proving, he's not just anyone. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, who has made waves ...

Pope Francis: I haven't watched TV since 1990

New York Daily News: Pope Francis isn't keeping up with the Kardashians or anything else on the small screen — he hasn't watched television in 25 years. The pontiff swore off the boob tube on July 15, 1990, and hasn't tuned in since, he revealed in a new interview with an ...


Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham: I want Pope Francis to back gay rights

PinkNews: Labour's Andy Burnham has said he hopes the Pope and the Catholic Church will back gay rights. In a column for the Daily Mirror to be published tomorrow, the MP for Leigh will reflect on his Irish heritage, and celebrate the country's referendum to ...

Pope says Church to return to basics in Holy Year proclamation

By Steve Scherer VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday proclaimed an extraordinary Holy Year starting in December that he said will bring the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers back to basics, focusing them on the need to show mercy toward others. In a ceremony held at St. Peter's Basilica before the Holy Door, a massive bronze door decorated with panels depicting ...


Why Pope Francis Wants Oscar Romero To Be a Saint

Huffington Post: A golden thread links Pope Francis to Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop whose beatification the Pope ordered to take place last weekend, to the rapturous acclaim of the people of El Salvador and the wider world. The thread is that of liberation ...

Knotty Exhibit Planned for Pope Francis in Philadelphia Symbolizes Life's

NBC 10 Philadelphia: In this Friday, May 22, 2015, photo, artist Meg Saligman shows knots tied to a mock-up of an art installation at her studio in Philadelphia. The installation is planned to be in the shape of a latticed grotto and will greet Pope Francis and millions of ...

Pope Francis Wants to Be Remembered as a 'Good Guy'

Breitbart News: Some will undoubtedly think that Pope Francis has set the bar for his papacy a little low, when he defined his legacy this week as being remembered as a “good guy.” After all, when one thinks of the exalted post to which he has been summoned—Catholics ...

Pope proclaims Jubilee Year for Catholic Church to be more merciful, not judgmental or severe

Pope Francis has proclaimed a special year of efforts by the Catholic Church to be more merciful and less judgmental.

Close watch on pope's Armenian Mass; will he say 'genocide'?

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday will declare a little-known 10th-century Armenian mystic a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors a pope can bestow. More attention, though, is likely to be on whether Francis utters the word "genocide" during his homily.

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