From Jordan, to the streets of Old Jerusalem, and a refugee camp in the West Bank, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis’s historic three-day pilgrimage.
Generations of church history have passed, but Catholicism has never seen a ceremony like the one that enrolled John XXIII and John Paul II as saints.
Despite the pontiff’s popularity, surveys show church attendance has not increased in the year Francis has been pope.
Cardinal Dolan sheds light on the Holy Thursday tradition of the washing of the feet as a New Jersey Catholic school reenacts the Stations of the Cross.
Pope Francis made the off-the-cuff remarks after coming under criticism from victims’ advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the problem and ongoing demands that he sanction bishops who covered up for pedophiles.
There are different kinds of leaders, after all. And the Yankees captain did his thing as well as any of the others on Fortune Magazine’s list did theirs.
Pope Francis spent his one-year anniversary Thursday in prayer – staying in a sparsely-furnished room on a retreat with priests outside Rome.
Saturday marked the first time ever a past pope, a present pope and a number of cardinals who may be the next pope were all gathered together.
“On background, Vatican officials are saying that Pope Francis has indicated that he wants to come to the United States in September 2015,” John Allen the National Catholic Reporter said.
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Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to some 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining all those hoping “for a better world.”
In only his first year, the pope was selected by the magazine’s editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.
Pope Francis could be at risk from an organized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who said he has also been the target of threats from the Mafia, according to a report on Religion News Service.
Some are calling it the “Francis effect” — a boom in Sunday mass attendance and even in Catholic school enrollment. All the credit is going to the charismatic new pope.