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VIDEO: Pope Met Gay Student in Washington; Kim Davis Meeting Was Arranged by Anti-Gay Cleric

Pope Francis’ meeting with the anti-gay-marriage Kentucky county clerk was arranged by an archbishop with known anti-gay sentiments, the Vatican said, and occurred one day after the pontiff met with a gay former student and his boyfriend.

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Vatican Says Pope Francis’ Meeting With Kim Davis Was Misinterpreted

Media commenters mistakenly cast the pope’s meeting with the clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican says.

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Golden Rule

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Georgia Officials Disregard Pope Francis’ Clemency Plea on Behalf of Death Row Inmate

Despite the pontiff’s best efforts, he couldn’t persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.

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The Pope and the Donald

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Emissions Cap

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The Exorcist

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Pope Francis: ‘He Has Not Stood Up and Offered an Alternative’

While Pope Francis “has moved the church back into the realm of reality,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he can be called a radical.”

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Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

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VIDEO: The Saint of Small Type

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Will the U.S. Catholic Church Divest From Fossil Fuels and Buy Solar Panels Instead? (Video)

In his White House address on Wednesday, Pope Francis again brought up the urgent issue of global warming, linking climate change not only to the general welfare of people on earth but especially to the fate of the “excluded”—i.e., the poor.

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The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

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Pope Francis’ Appeal Bridges Great Divides

At the start of his weeklong visit to the United States, The New York Times notes that the pontiff is inspiring support ranging from respectful to enthusiastic from people across religious traditions.

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Pope Debate

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VIDEO: Pope Francis Is an Honest Conservative, Not a Liberal

The positioning of the pope as a “liberal” or “progressive” in American politics is incorrect and indeed a little bizarre.

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Pope Francis

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Francis’ Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

While he has been quite specific on some political questions (the climate and immigration especially), what characterizes his mission is an effort to turn our notions of who counts and who has the strongest claim on our attention upside down.

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The Pope Visits

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Pope Security

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South America Has Become a Safe Haven for U.S. and European Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, a yearlong investigation reveals how the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Pope Francis Endorses the Iran Deal: Another Dilemma for GOP Catholic Candidates

Pope Francis is becoming an increasing problem for Republican Catholic presidential contenders because he keeps intervening directly and unambiguously on certain policy issues.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis

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Pope Francis

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Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis, a Voice of Humanity in the Refugee Crisis

The pontiff’s call to let fleeing people into our homes and hearts stands in opposition to pitiless demands that the door be slammed in their faces in Europe and elsewhere.

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Pope Francis Aims to Make Marriage Annulment Process Easier

Continuing his reform streak from within the Vatican’s highest post, Pope Francis on Tuesday announced that he is taking steps to make marriage annulment a less complex, pricey and fraught process for Catholics than it historically has been.

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Pope Francis Tells Priests to Pardon Women Who Have Abortions

The pope has moved against church tradition and empowered priests to absolve women who have had abortions.

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In Paraguay, Pope Francis Continues Historic Critique of Global Capitalism

“The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution,” wrote The New York Times on Friday as Pope Francis’ Latin American tour, featuring “left-leaning critiques” of “the inequalities of capitalism” and of “a ‘new colonialism’ rooted in an inequitable economic order,” approached its end.

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Pope’s Philadelphia Visit

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Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

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A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the saint from whom the pope took his name.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis

His extraordinary call for saving the ecosystem has resonated with the global community. The question now is: Will Earth’s people, both ordinary and powerful, act on his message to prevent the planet from becoming a “pile of filth”?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Catholic Climate

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U.S. Catholics Ready to Execute Pope’s ‘Marching Orders’ on Climate Change (Video)

Leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States described Pope Francis’ encyclical as “marching orders” for them to pressure Congress and the White House to take swift and decisive action to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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Climate Snake Handlers

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Pope Francis Issues Major Call to Rescue a Planet in Crisis

In a close reading of the first papal encyclical focused exclusively on the global ecological crisis, The New York Times finds the head of the Catholic Church calling on leaders and people from all cultures to act to protect the world’s ecosystems and the disadvantaged from predatory and shortsighted political and economic systems.

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The Pope, the Saint and the Climate

Invoking his namesake, St. Francis—the patron saint of animals and ecology—Pope Francis says flatly that a “very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”

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GOP’s Hail Marys

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In Defending Dennis Hastert, Washington Forgets Sex Abuse Victims

Members of the American political elite feel they are protecting the establishment by giving the former House speaker the benefit of the doubt, just as the Vatican has done for accused priests for decades.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

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Pro-Choice Protesters to Rally in Paraguay After Child Rape Victim Is Denied Abortion

The Catholic country in which, on average, two children under the age of 16 give birth each day, is facing backlash after authorities ordered a 10-year-old victim of sexual abuse to carry out her pregnancy.

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Noam Chomsky on Pope Francis

An interview clip reveals the renowned linguist’s take on the popular Catholic Church leader regarding “liberation theology” in his native Argentina.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Likens Transgender People to Nuclear Weapons

The head of the Catholic Church is quoted in a new book as saying that nuclear weapons and “the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory … does not recognize the order of creation,” GayStarNews reports.

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Pope Francis Invokes ‘Wife-Beater’s Defense’ Against French Cartoonists?

“One cannot make fun of faith,” Pope Francis said on the day another cartoonist victim of the Charlie Hebdo attacks was buried. “Oh yes, you can,” replied Polly Toynbee in The Guardian.

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Pope Francis to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Edict on Climate Change

Could the pontiff achieve a feat that has eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?

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Pope Francis Diagnoses the Vatican’s Spiritual Diseases at Christmas Meeting

Just in time for Christmas, Pope Francis gave the gift of a reality check to Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests gathered at the Vatican earlier this week.

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Pope Unselfie

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Pope Francis: ‘Evolution of Nature Is Not Inconsistent With the Notion of Creation’

The increasingly popular pope warns against the perils of depicting God as a “magician.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE

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