A Pope for All Christians

Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church. Timothy C. Morgan [ posted 3/13/2013 8:44AM ] hen the new pope is consecrated, he will inherit a troubled global church. Internal scandal and unaddressed external problems pose great risks to the vitality of Catholicism. But the consequences of success or…

Israel Adopts Sundays-Off

The first vote on new legislation in the 19th Knesset was initiated as a joint effort between Yesh Atid’s Rabbi Dov Lipman, Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett, and surprisingly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Easily passing the vote, the Knesset decided that Sundays would now be an official day off from work. MK Rabbi Lipman said, “I…

Pope urges religions, those with no church to ally for justice

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to “what he produces and what he consumes”. Francis, elected a week ago as the…

Pope’s name may connect to Jesuit roots – not Francis of Assisi

In the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio had become the first pope to take the name Francis, it was assumed by many that his choice was meant to honor Francis of Assisi. That might be off the mark. Marquette University President Father Scott Pilarz, a Jesuit like the new pope,…

Creighton experts weigh in on pope’s Jesuit background

Though no one knows for sure, Jorge Bergoglio’s Jesuit background could be a telling detail about how he will serve as pope, according to interviews with several experts from Creighton University. For one thing, Jesuits are not to seek out church office, as instructed by St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus…

New pope’s choice of name will carry his first message

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Even before he utters his first words in public, the new pope who emerges from the conclave this week will send Roman Catholics around the world a message encoded in the name he chooses. It may not be one they immediately understand. Picking an unlikely one…

Obama hails new Pope Francis, Biden to go to Rome

President Barack Obama on Wednesday acclaimed the election of Pope Francis and vowed to work with him “to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith.” Vice President Joe Biden, the top-ranking Catholic in the U.S. government, said he would travel to Rome to attend the pope’s inaugural Mass…

Biden to Vatican for installation of new pope

Updated 5:56 p.m. ET According to a senior U.S. government official, Vice President Joe Biden – America’s first Catholic vice president and the highest ranking Catholic official in the country – will lead the U.S. delegation to witness the installation of Pope Francis in Rome, CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. The…

Lightning strikes the Vatican — literally

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY2:39p.m. EST February 12, 2013 Papal prank? Or did lightning really hit the Vatican?   I know the pope has connections, but this is extraordinary!An apparent photo of a lightning bolt striking St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican Monday night (left) — the same day that Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation,…