Catholics

2:32pm

Wed July 24, 2013
The Two-Way

In First Public Mass In Brazil, Pope Francis Urges Humility, Charity

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 2:50 pm

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida on Wednesday in Aparecida, Brazil.
Buda Mendes Getty Images

Pope Francis continued a whirlwind tour of Brazil today, delivering his first public mass in the town of Aparecida.

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1:34am

Mon July 22, 2013
Parallels

Brazil's Evangelicals A Growing Force In Prayer, Politics

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:32 pm

Evangelical Christians pray during the "March for Jesus" in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Nelson Antoine AP

Pope Francis arrives Monday evening in Rio de Janeiro for a weeklong visit celebrating World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics have made the pilgrimage to see the Argentine-born pontiff, and he is expected to receive a rapturous welcome.

Still, Pope Francis's visit comes at a delicate time for the church in Brazil. Catholicism — the nation's main religion — is facing a huge challenge from evangelicals.

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9:37am

Sun July 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Pope's Visit To Brazil Seen As 'Triumphant Homecoming'

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 5:25 pm

A Brazilian flag flies on Saturday near the podium which will receive Pope Francis on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Tama Getty Images

When Pope Francis arrives in Brazil on Monday, he'll begin a trip of firsts.

He's the first Latin American pope, and it will be his first trip abroad as pontiff. And he'll be visiting a country with more Catholics than any other.

Francis, who is gaining a reputation for his simple ways, is expected, The Miami Herald writes, to:

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8:13am

Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Catholics Split Again On Coverage For Birth Control

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 12:42 pm

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori gave voice to a letter Catholic groups sent to the administration and Congress to protest insurance rules for contraceptives.
Patrick Semansky AP
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Two prominent Catholic groups are finding themselves, once again, on opposite sides of a key issue regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it.

Now the groups are divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with birth control.

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2:07pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Religion

Two Former Popes Approved For Sainthood

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:37 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Two of the most beloved popes in recent memory - John Paul II and John XXIII - have been formally approved for sainthood. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that in his first four months as pope, Francis has shown great personal and spiritual affinity with these two predecessors.

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