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    October 13, 2014  

    A gathering of bishops convened by Pope Francis broke new ground on some taboos of the Catholic faith. While there was no change in doctrine on cohabitation, divorce and homosexuality, the Church signaled a shift away from condemning people who don’t live by their teachings. Judy Woodruff sits down with The Boston Globe’s John Allen to discuss the Vatican’s change in tone. Continue reading

  • Pope Frances Celebrates Holy Mass for the "Evangelium Vitae" Day
    July 9, 2014  

    Vatican officials announced that Pope Francis will replace top management of the Vatican Bank, plagued for years by scandals involving corruption, money laundering and mismanagement. Hari Sreenivasan talks to John Allen of The Boston Globe about the Pope’s new strategy for reforming the bank, as well as his recent meeting with victims of sexual abuse. Continue reading

  • Jozef Wesolowski  has been convicted of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic, where he was serving as Vatican ambassador. 2011 file photo by Erika Santelices/Getty Images
    June 27, 2014   BY Nora Daly 

    The Vatican announced Friday that former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski has been dismissed from the clerical state after being found guilty of sexual abuse by a church tribunal. Wesolowski, a former apostolic nuncio, or papal diplomat, to the Dominican Republic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to receive such a sentence. Continue reading

  • Pope Francis Visit To The Holy Land -  Day Two
    May 26, 2014  

    Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem. Continue reading

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    April 25, 2014  

    Catholics from around the world converged in Rome ahead of the historic canonization of the 20th century’s most loved pontiffs. Pope John Paul II, who stood as a firm opponent to communism at the height of the Cold War, and John XXIII, the so-called “good pope” who is best known for convening reforms under the Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints in Saint Peter’s Square. Continue reading

    April 20, 2014  

    On April 27, Pope Francis will hold an unprecedented ceremony at the Vatican: a double canonization of two former popes. What’s the significance of this event? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Rachel Zoll, the religion writer for the Associated Press, about the specifics behind the decision to turn both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II into saints. Continue reading

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    April 20, 2014  

    Millions of Christians marked Easter Sunday in various forms with both Catholic and Orthodox celebrations landing on the same day. From the Vatican to Nigeria, Christians found ways to commemorate the end of the Holy Week, which celebrates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Continue reading

  • President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at his private library in the Apostolic Palace on March 27, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images
    March 27, 2014  

    With public opinion ratings “the envy of every politician in Washington,” Pope Francis received President Obama at the Vatican for an hour-long visit. Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter and Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America to make sense of the meeting and assess what unites the pontiff and the president. Continue reading

    March 27, 2014  

    President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time during a presidential visit to the Vatican. Accounts of the papal audience emphasized different points: Mr. Obama said they focused largely on their shared interest in topics such as helping the poor, while Vatican officials emphasized areas where their views differ, like the Affordable Care Act mandate on birth control. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

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    March 5, 2014   BY Anya van Wagtendonk 

    For Catholics, Wednesday marks the start of Lent: a time of reflection, atonement, and heightened humility. This year, the festival will overlap with the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election – and the Catholic leader is unhappy with the level … Continue reading

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