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ANALYSIS: The ‘Breaking Bad’ finale was great. But was it good?

WARNING: More spoilers below than the Book of Revelation. (RNS) Nearly a week after the “Breaking Bad” finale aired, the … Continued

Pope to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April

ROME — Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014, the Vatican … 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

Are miracles really needed to become a saint?

VATICAN CITY — When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and … Continued

ANALYSIS: ‘Pagan’ is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo.

Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term … Continued

Buoyed by a new pope, priests gather to urge church reform

The death of liberal Catholicism has been proclaimed so often in recent decades that few even bother to check to … Continued

Pope Francis’ first 100 days: What we’ve learned so far

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in … Continued

Georgetown University not ‘Catholic’?

(Simon Brubaker/THE WASHINGTON POST) Wiliam Blatty, author of The Exorcist and well-known Georgetown alum, recently grabbed media attention when he … Continued

Mercy for Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, May … Continued

Richard Land, controversial Southern Baptist leader, gets a new job

Richard Land, the evangelical culture warrior who was set to leave his job with the Southern Baptists after a series … Continued

Bringing Pope John XXIII back

Certain facts about Pope Francis are already old news. He is the first pope in more than a thousand years … Continued

Bergoglio: A pope of paradox for a church in transition

VATICAN CITY — A hierarchy looking to make a clear statement about where the troubled church is headed chose 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

Singing on “Idol,” and facing the wrath of religious traditionalists

The biggest worry for most “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them continue to the next round. … Continued

The church young Catholics want

MAX ROSSI REUTERS Pope Benedict XVI walks past a figurine of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Mass in … Continued

A Catholic Guide to Love, Benedict XVI style

Domenico Stinellis AP FILE – This April 19, 2005 file photo shows Pope Benedict XVI greeting the crowd from the … Continued

Priest/Mayor reflects French divide over gay marriage

EREAC, France — Elie Geffray straddles both sides of a bitter divide over gay marriage in France. As a retired … Continued

Who’s in the running? 12 names to watch to become the next pope

Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden announcement that he would resign by the end of the month took the church and the … Continued

Pope Benedict resigns: The power of letting go

Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation with grace and humility. He was heeding the call of conscience and recognizing his … Continued

Evangelical Catholics on offense

STEFANO RELLANDINI REUTERS Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from his ‘Popemobile’ upon his arrival to conduct an open-air mass … Continued