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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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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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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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The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

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

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The Pope Visits

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Pope Security

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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.

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U.N. Headquarters to Fly Palestinian Flag After General Assembly Vote

One hundred nineteen of 193 U.N. member states approved the resolution in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership.

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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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California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE

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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Pope Francis Begins South American Visit With Mass Attended by a Million Followers

Ecuador is the first stop on the pontiff’s highly anticipated weeklong South American trip, which includes visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine as a State by Signing Treaty

The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE

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

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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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.

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The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

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Pope Climate Change

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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.

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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.

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American Bishops Want to Keep Women From Getting Their Tubes Tied

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations.

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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.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

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The Vatican ‘Backtracks’ (Just a Little) on Its Support of Gays Thanks to the Theocons

With all the conservative backlash, it was only a matter of time until the Holy See had to rephrase its statements on gay cohabitation; according to activist Richard Stallman, cloud computing is a “trap”; meanwhile, employees continue to lose the most at corporations. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE

Papal Welcome

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Pope Float

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Pope Francis

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Pope Francis to Focus on Changing Times at Bishops’ Summit

This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.

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Pope Francis in Jordan Reaches Out to Forgotten Syrian Refugees, Christians and Muslims

Syrian refugees, and Christian refugees in particular, are hoping that the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan on Saturday will raise the profile of their plight.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE

Rushing Saints

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Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for ‘Evil’ of Child Abuse

In remarks quoted by Vatican radio Friday, Pope Francis personally asked forgiveness for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

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Is Pope Francis Good for the Democrats? Obama in the Vatican

Could the enormous popularity of Pope Francis spill over into American politics?

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE

Pope ‘n’ Prez

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Germany’s ‘Bling Bishop’

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany’s controversial bishop of Limburg, who had come under fire for his luxury lifestyle.

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U.N. Criticizes Vatican on Abuse

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We Need Your Prayers This Season, Pope Francis

Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Bill O’Reilly’s War on Jesus

Maybe it is time to put Christ back in Christmas.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Vincent Yu

Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE

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Pope Francis Cracks Down on Child Abuse in Vatican

That Pope Francis is really on a tear. First he forsakes the luxe lodging and fancy wheels enjoyed by his peers, blasts the wanton lust for filthy lucre that has plundered the world’s coffers, breaks bread with the homeless and, most tellingly, ticks off Sarah Palin. You’d think his church was founded on the tenets of Jesus or something.

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Pope Love

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Let’s Face It, Pope Francis Still Ain’t That Great

There’s no denying the latest pope is one of the better leaders the Catholic Church has seen. But does that really make him the “best pope ever”?

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE

The Bible Tells Me So

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Papal Ride

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Pope Francis Mobile

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