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Pope Francis questions the purpose of official Vatican media: Does he have a point?

The year was 2012 and then-Pope Benedict XVI, yearning to “encounter men and women wherever they are, and begin dialogue with them” sent out his first tweet.  The papal Twitter account in English...

US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis

John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, afterward calling the pope a “compelling moral authority on the subject of the climate crisis” who has bee...

Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in...

Pope Francis invites faithful to monthlong rosary marathon for end of pandemic

Pope Francis launched a marathon to pray the rosary every day in the Marian month of May to ask for the end of the pandemic. The event highlights the pope’s own devotion to the Virgin Mary and his vie...

Pope Francis decrees cardinals and bishops can be tried by lay judges

Cardinals and bishops can now undergo trial in the Vatican tribunal and be judged by lay magistrates after Pope Francis issued a decree on Friday (April 30) — his second in two days — in which he stre...

Pope warns Earth heading for self-destruction without action

Pope Francis warned Thursday that the world is “on a path of self-destruction” if political leaders fail to courageously use the COVID-19 pandemic as a chance to make the planet a fairer and greener p...

Pope Francis practices Orwellian doublethink

Despite having declared in 2013, “Who am I to judge gay people?” (to the dismay of conservative Christians and the hope of much of the Western world) Pope Francis did just that in supporti...

Pope Francis reduces cardinal wages as Vatican finances struggle due to pandemic

Pope Francis’ efforts to build a “poor church for the poor” got a little closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday (March 24) when he issued pay cuts for Vatican clergy and employees to aid the Holy S...

Pope decries shame of racism, like ‘virus’ lurking in wait

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced racism, likening it to a virus that lurks in waiting and only to emerge and show that “our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive” as people think. The ...

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