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Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy

RNS () — The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but … Continued

Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — For almost a century, the bells of St. Giragos — a magnificent 14th-century church built of sturdy … Continued

Pope Francis identifies with regular Catholics

Pope Francis made a significant push Thursday toward his vision of a more pastoral, less doctrinaire Catholic Church, saying the … Continued

Measles outbreak in Texas church leads to soul-searching, thank God

(Jacquelyn Martin/AP ) There are 20 confirmed cases of measles in the latest outbreak of this preventable disease, according to … Continued

Pope Francis: The end of ‘fortress Catholicism’?

Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a news conference Monday. … Continued

Report: ‘Catholic McCarthyism’ threatens bishops’ anti-poverty push

Conservative activists are threatening the social justice mission of the Catholic Church just when the country needs it most, a … Continued

Survey shows Catholic priests don’t like Mass changes

Nothing upsets the folks in the pews as much as changing the liturgy that they’re accustomed to, and that seemed … Continued

Troubled Missouri diocese to pay $600,000 abuse settlement

The Catholic diocese in Missouri led by Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted last year of failing to report a … Continued

British church attendance stabilizes after years of decline

CANTERBURY, England — The number of people attending Sunday services at Britain’s Anglican churches is continuing to drop, but church … Continued

Despite censures, Womenpriests movement grows

If heading a religious community is a lonely job for any woman, a Catholic Womenpriest might be the loneliest of … Continued

Cardinals move to plug leaks ahead of papal conclave

VATICAN CITY — Tensions among the Roman Catholic cardinals meeting here to choose a new pope appeared to escalate on … Continued

The next’s pope to-do list

It is easy to treat the election of the pope as a horse race that places odds of winning on … Continued

Cardinals hold first meeting but don’t set date for conclave

VATICAN CITY — Roman Catholic cardinals on Monday (March 4) met for the first of a series of closed-door meetings … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI leaves mixed legacy on clergy sexual abuse

In 2001, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger urged Pope John Paul II to create a central system to further the Vatican’s investigations … Continued

Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list

WASHINGTON — The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in 2012 as radical Islamists consolidated power in Africa, according to Open … Continued

My top 10 picks for 2012

Here are my picks for the top 10 religion stories of 2012: 1. Islam dominated the year, with power struggles … Continued Almost impossible to explain this site

Rather on the QT last week, the LDS Church launched “”, a head-scratcher of a Web site that makes one … Continued

Looking for emotional reaction among Mormons Tuesday? Don’t.

Remember the emotional faces and powerful words of African Americans four years ago, as the country was voting whether to … Continued

S.C. Episcopalians say split goes beyond gay debate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The night before the Diocese of South Carolina announced its secession from the Episcopal Church two … Continued

Episcopal bishop says he was snubbed at Catholic church

What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse … Continued