October 19, 2013  

    Pope Francis made several overtures to the Jewish community this week, sending an email to the son of two Holocaust survivors to laud him on a lecture discussing faith and the Holocaust, and refusing to grant a former Nazi war criminal a funeral mass. Kim Lawton from PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Continue reading

  • July 29, 2013  

    On a flight home from a trip from Brazil, Pope Francis directly answered a range of questions from the press. To one question the pontiff responded: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Judy Woodruff reports on what his comments suggest a shift in acceptance for gay Catholics. Continue reading

  • March 28, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko 

    As part of Holy Thursday celebrations March 28, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a youth detention center in Rome to mark Jesus’ same gesture when he washed the feet of the 12 apostles the night before his crucifixion. Continue reading

  • March 14, 2013  

    Pope Francis is the first pontiff to hail from Argentina. He’s also a huge soccer fan. For more on the pope’s South American roots and his home country’s reaction to the papal election, as well as the intersection of religion, populism and politics there, Jeffrey Brown talks with Hugh Bronstein of Reuters from Buenos Aires. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    White smoke emanating from a Vatican chimney late Wednesday night signaled a new pope had been elected. Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was selected as the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, assuming the name Pope Francis. Gwen Ifill reports on the election and the celebration in Vatican City. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2013  

    The election of Pope Francis marked two firsts for the papal office: he is both the first South American and the first Jesuit pope. For more on the historic selection and what it reflects about the current state of the Catholic Church, Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2013  

    In other news Tuesday, 115 Roman Catholic Cardinals convened a conclave to begin the papal election process. Their first first vote was inconclusive, but they will resume voting Wednesday. Also, a Colorado judge entered a not guilty plea for James Holmes, the man accused of last July’s mass shooting in a movie theater. Continue reading

  • March 8, 2013  

    In other news Friday, North Korea canceled its non-aggression pact with South Korea, while leader Kim Jong-un met with frontline soldiers. Also, a conclave of 115 Roman Catholic Cardinals will take part in the secret vote to elect a new pope beginning in Rome. Continue reading

  • March 6, 2013  

    A poll released Wednesday found that more than half of U.S. Catholics feel that the Vatican is out of touch with peoples’ needs, though most also said that their own parish is responsive. Ray Suarez talks with Scott Appleby of University of Notre Dame and James Towey of Ave Maria University about Catholicism at a crossroads. Continue reading

  • February 28, 2013   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Cardinals from all over the world are converging on Rome to elect a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.1 billion followers. The College of Cardinals is expected to meet Monday to decide when the conclave will begin to choose a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI. He decided to step down Feb. 11 for health reasons. Continue reading

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