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Hollywood’s depiction of nuns a case of ‘Veiled Desires’

RNS () — From Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music” to Meryl Streep’s … Continued

After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

WASHINGTON — After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States … Continued

Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

Walking 1,850 miles to see Pope Francis, pilgrim feels renewed

RIO DE JANEIRO — A record-breaking three million Roman Catholics crammed  Copacabana Beach Saturday (July 27) night to hear Pope … Continued

In Brazil, a pope who heals and converts

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at St. Peter’s Square on June 16, 2013. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images) … Continued

Like father like son(s): Boys follow their father’s calling

In a centuries-old tradition, a young future deacon enters the Greek Orthodox sanctuary in Denver. The bishop blesses him in … 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

Godless funerals thrive in ‘post-Catholic’ Ireland

DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a … Continued

Did religion motivate the Boston bombers?

Hillary Branyik, of Boston, kneels at the site where the first bomb detonated on April 15 near the finish line … Continued

Pope Francis’ preaching style is low-key and mostly private

VATICAN CITY — When you’re the pope, few things matter as much as what you say and, especially, where you … Continued

Pope Francis signals new course for the papacy

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of his formal installation as pontiff on Tuesday (March 19), Pope Francis is sending clear signals … Continued

Pope Francis’ first day hints at a change in papal style

VATICAN CITY — On his first day on the job, a new pope’s every act is parsed by millions who … Continued

Planning for papal retirement

Franco Origlia GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is to resign on February 28, 2013. When a … Continued

What makes Mormons tick?

Jeff Blake FOR THE WASHINGTON POST CAMDEN, SC – JANUARY 11: The Book of Mormon sits on a coffee table … Continued

Poll shows Catholics side with bishops on religious liberty, but warm to Obama

WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that American Catholics tend to agree with their bishops’ concerns that religious liberties are … Continued

British hotel replaces Bibles with soft-porn ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The change was made earlier this month in all 40 guest rooms at the Damson Dene Hotel in the Lake … Continued

Is a catechist Catholic?

Tracy A. Woodward THE WASHINGTON POST Alison Carroll holds a copy of the Profession of Faith on Tuesday July 5th, … Continued

Should Catholics defend DOMA?

The White House last year threw its backing behind a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a … Continued

Catholic bishops to scrutinize Girl Scouts

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are reviewing the church’s long-standing ties to the Girl Scouts of the USA after complaints … Continued

Lapsed Catholics explain why they leave church

TRENTON, N.J. — As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred Catholics … Continued