Alessandro Speciale| Religion News Service

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Pope Francis tells atheists to ‘obey their conscience’

VATICAN CITY — Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 11) penned a long letter … Continued

Pope kicks off reform mission in meeting with Vatican department heads

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday (Sept. 10) met for three hours with the heads of all Vatican departments, … Continued

Liberation theology finds new welcome in Pope Francis’ Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic Church’s closeness to the poor and the marginalized but … Continued

Italian school seeks to revive Catholic dominance of sacred art

FLORENCE, Italy — Set in a luscious park along the banks of the Arno River, an art school is trying … Continued

Pope Francis’ peace appeal for Syria marks Vatican’s return to global stage

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 5) told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that … Continued

Pope Francis taps diplomat as Vatican’s new ‘prime minister’

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of a major diplomatic push to try and prevent a U.S.-led attack on Syria, Pope Francis … Continued

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with wafers made by Argentine inmate

VATICAN CITY — Since mid-July, Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily … Continued

Secretary denies God told Benedict XVI to resign

VATICAN CITY — The personal secretary of former Pope Benedict XVI denied that the pontiff resigned as a consequence of … Continued

Benedict XVI: ‘God told me’ to resign

VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy because “God told me” to, according to a report … Continued

Pope pens personal message to Muslims at Ramadan’s end

VATICAN CITY — In message published on Friday (Aug. 2), Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his … Continued