Catholics

9:17am

Thu May 2, 2013
The Two-Way

It's A 'Tale Of Two Popes' As Benedict Returns To Vatican

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 10:08 am

The helicopter carrying Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI lands at the Vatican on Thursday.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the Vatican and his new retirement residence Thursday, where he will live side by side with the reigning pontiff, Pope Francis.

The arrangement makes history because Benedict, 86, is the first pope to voluntarily step down as head of the Roman Catholic Church in more than 700 years.

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1:55pm

Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Vatican Reaffirms Plan To Scrutinize U.S. Nuns

Nuns worship following a Mass for the election of a new pope at St. Patrick's Cathedral in February.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Pope Francis' doctrinal chief has reaffirmed the Vatican's intention to overhaul the largest organization of U.S. nuns, dashing the hopes of some that the newly installed pontiff would take a more conciliatory approach than his predecessor.

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3:17pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Religion

With New Pope, Catholic Women Hope To Regain Church Leadership Roles

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 6:45 pm

Parishioners partake in the Way Of The Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome. A group of women Catholics recently made a pilgrimage to Rome to request that women once again be allowed to hold leadership positions in the church.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

The newly elected pope's focus on the poor and the marginalized has instilled great faith among many Catholic women. They hope the papacy of Pope Francis will promote a leading role for women in the church.

A group of American nuns and Catholic women recently made a pilgrimage to Rome to make their requests heard.

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8:03am

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Christians Trace The Steps Of Jesus As They Mark Good Friday

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:34 pm

A worshipper prays during Good Friday Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Muhammed Muheisen AP

It's Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the Christian year, when tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and died.

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1:42pm

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

In Ritual, Pope Francis Washes The Feet Of Young Inmates, Women

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:47 pm

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome.
L'Osservatore Romano Getty Images

During a Holy Thursday ritual, Pope Francis continued to break the traditions at the Vatican.

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 young people at a youth prison. Among them were two women and two Muslims. The act was a break with tradition. As The Guardian reports, all modern popes have partaken in the ritual by washing the feet of fellow priests at either St Peter's or the Basilica of St John in Lateran.

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