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.
Some Brooklyn college students have begun a campaign in hopes of a visit to the borough from Pope Francis.
In his latest move, Pope Francis has ordered bishops to do some survey work to find out what the faithful really think about the church’s teachings on marriage and family.
The Vatican is recalling more than 6,000 papal medals after the name Jesus was misspelled as “Lesus.”
History was being made at the Vatican on Monday. The news out of Rome on Monday said that two popes will be elevated to sainthood on the same day – Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized at the same time.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop Bernard A. Hebda of Michigan to serve alongside current Archbishop John Myers.
Cardinal Timonty Dolan calls Pope Francis a breath of fresh air.
The comments contained no change in church teaching, and the pope said reform should not happen quickly. Still, it was the pope’s clearest declaration yet of a break in tone and style from his immediate predecessors.
“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?'”
Caggiano, 54, was selected to lead the Bridgeport Diocese by Pope Francis himself.
Rev. Frank Caggiano, an auxiliary bishop in Brooklyn, will take over a post left vacant since the departure of Bishop William Lori, who was named Archbishop of Baltimore in March 2012.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan said the pontiff’s tone is very welcoming, but emphasized that church doctrine is not changing.
New Yorkers and people around the world were reacting Monday to what may have been the most memorable and attention-grabbing statement by Pope Francis since he became leader of the Roman Catholic Church in March.
Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century’s most influential popes to become saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII.