Category Archives: politics

REWIND: Busy morning at the Vatican

While much of America was still sleeping, Pope Francis welcomed Donald Trump to the Vatican, then led his usual Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Here’s some of what you missed. Sun rising here at the Vatican. Security high … Continue reading

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Planting seeds of hope

VATICAN CITY — One of the many moments pool reporters look forward to when a head of state meets the pope is the gift exchange. The Vatican most often offers a unique piece of artisan art with a spiritual or … Continue reading

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U.S. presidents and popes: A look back and a look at tomorrow

VATICAN CITY — With tomorrow’s encounter between Pope Francis and Barack Obama, there will have been 28 U.S. presidential-papal meetings either in the Vatican or in the United States over the past 100 years. On his blog, Luis Badilla gave … Continue reading

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Argentine politicos and pope: If you can’t beat him, join him

By David Agren BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — As archbishop of the Argentine capital, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio clashed with President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner. Shortly after being the cardinal was elected pope, however, … Continue reading

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Church-state cooperation on the world stage: one nation’s milestone

VATICAN CITY — It seems hard to believe, but it took 117 years for the United States to re-establish full diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Decades of debate (that are periodically re-ignited) voiced concern that any formal relationship by the … Continue reading

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“So dastardly a crime…” Pope Paul VI’s reaction 50 years ago

VATICAN CITY — After Pope Paul VI heard the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he took the unusual step of letting a U.S. film crew into his papal apartments to record him reading a message of … Continue reading

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Cardinal George on the HHS mandate

ROME — Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, currently in Rome for a series of meetings with Vatican officials, spoke yesterday with CNS about the church’s ongoing dispute with the Obama administration over the HHS contraception mandate. The immediate past … Continue reading

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US religion writers pick bishops’ battle with HHS as 2012 top news story

Members of the Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s oldest and largest professional non-denominational association for journalists who write about religion, picked the U.S. Catholic bishops’ opposition to national health care legislation mandating contraception coverage as the No. 1 religion story … Continue reading

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Setting the record straight

Yesterday the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights complained that we had downplayed last Friday evening’s letter from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to his fellow bishops. The cardinal’s strongly worded letter charged that the White … Continue reading

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Politics of peace? Patriarch’s visit does not include Washington

As Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai begins a visit to the United States, one prominent city is missing from his itinerary. The patriarch will not be visiting Washington, D.C., nor will he be meeting with U.S. President Obama, despite a meeting … Continue reading

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