Catholics

12:29pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Religion

Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 1:12 pm

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

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1:05pm

Wed September 11, 2013
World

Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 2:33 pm

Pietro Parolin in 2009.
Hoang Dinh Nam AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican's new secretary of state made some comments in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper earlier this week that have surprised many.

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, whom Pope Francis appointed on Aug. 31, said the issue of priest celibacy is open to discussion.

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9:50am

Wed August 21, 2013
Vatican

Report: Former Pope Benedict Says God Told Him To Resign

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:58 am

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced his retirement in February, he surprised pretty much everyone. He was, after all, the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

At the time, Benedict cited his age and diminishing strength as his reasons for resigning.

Today, we get word from the Catholic wire service Zenit that Benedict resigned because "God told [him] to."

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6:23am

Sun August 18, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Sister Fights To Save Her Order From Financial Collapse

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 4:41 pm

Sister Maxyne Schneider talks about a photo of the kitchen in France where the sisterhood was started in 1650.
Josh Stilts

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Sister Maxyne Schneider became a Catholic nun when she was still a teenager. Now, more than 50 years later, she's president of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a congregation of nuns in Springfield, Mass.

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2:34pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:31 pm

Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz (right), vicaress general and music director for Dominican Sisters of Mary. On the group's new album, she plays organ and composed three selections.
Courtesy of the artist

In the cloistered world of classical music recordings, there is great interest in choral music by Catholic nuns these days. In the past year, two separate albums by a group of monastic nuns shot to the top of the classical charts.

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