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U.S. Catholic bishops meet, still struggling to adapt to ‘Pope Francis effect’


U.S. Roman Catholic bishops open their annual meeting, still trying to figure out how much they can, or want, to match the pope’s priorities.

Analysis: Pope Francis reassures U.S., ‘I’m a Catholic, not a communist!’

People have all sorts of reasons to think “he’s communist or he’s not communist,” the pope says.

Pope calls for ‘revolution of tenderness’ in Cuba

Streams of hopefuls traveled overnight for a chance to see Pope Francis on his last day in Cuba.

Pope Francis to open homeless shelter near Vatican

Now under construction, the 30-bed shelter will be run by volunteers.

Don’t breed ‘like rabbits’: Was pope breaking new ground?


With his latest comment in favor of “responsible parenthood,” Pope Francis again shifts the focus from the “rules” to the principle behind the rules.

Pope to build showers for homeless in St. Peter’s Square

It’s an unconventional move, even for a pope who constantly preaches that more should be done to help the poor.

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … is not inconsistent with the notion of creation’

The pope says the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.

Archbishop Chaput blasts Vatican debate on family

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at the Vatican summit

Cardinals: Vatican isn’t changing teaching on gays, divorced Catholics

A day after signaling a warmer embrace of gays and divorced Catholics, conservative cardinals say church teaching won’t change.

Vatican stuns Catholic world with greater openness toward gays

The world’s Catholic bishops signal a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians.

Pope’s message of peace meets reality of war

“You cannot bring hatred in the name of God,” Pope Francis declares. “You cannot make war in the name of God!”

Pope: Traditional marriage an icon of God’s love

Pope Francis stresses the importance of marriage between a man and a woman at his general audience at the Vatican on April 2.

Pope Francis wins Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

The honor adds yet another high-profile accolade to what has been an unprecedented nine-month reign for the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

Public comments about Baptism from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis seem unlikely to reverse the nose-diving rates of Baptism in the United States.

Vatican urges slowdown in rush to reform

The Vatican warns churches not to get ahead of the pope and take the reform process into their own hands.

Pope Francis fires warning shot at church’s ‘top-down’ bureaucracy

Pope Francis once again gives a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic Church that engages the world and helps the poor rather than pursuing culture wars.