Pope Francis kisses a baby on his way to his weekly audience in the Vatican.
The recent synod of bishops reinforced the church's teaching that the family is enduringly resilient and adaptable, especially in times of crisis.
Former New York Governor George Pataki: “I think part of the problem is the…way Republicans think about climate change.”
In the last Republican presidential debate, two candidates spoke out on climate change – a sign that the tide is turning away from linking conservative policies with denying climate change.
Pope Francis is consulting widely on the reform of church teaching on the family.
What we know of Australian Catholics and their attitudes to reform of church teaching on sex and family reveals a complex picture.
Meetings in Washington.
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Globalization first became a bedrock of our vocabulary in the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War. Proponents of globalization then argued that everything would change – and for the better. There would…
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
The Pope in Congress: receptive audience?
Pope Francis has embroiled himself in the partisan politics of the US by taking on important yet hot-button issues that span the political spectrum.
Pope Francis will visit this Philadelphia prison on September 27 2015.
The United States could have a more productive discussion about prison reform, if we admitted the problems with prisons also affect our poorest communities.
Obama and Pope Francis at the White House, September 23 2015.
A pope will address the US Congress for the first time this week, but Catholicism and American politics have long been intermingled.
Now becoming a saint…
The canonization of an 18th century Spanish priest is causing controversy given the suffering of Native Americans in California's missions. But there's a bigger issue at stake here for the church.
They see me rollin’…
Pope Francis's US visit is being trumpeted as exceptional, but the Vatican has been a superpower for decades.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce.
On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Getting ready for the pope.
This is going to be the most difficult trip of the Argentinian pontiff so far. Here's why it's worth paying attention to.
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
We cannot attribute a particular characteristic, whether positive or negative, to religion as religion does not have the ability to act.
When public policy is being shaped, it is incumbent upon public figures to be better versed in discussions surrounding religion.
A modest car with a message.
The Catholic Church in Latin America is feeling the heat from evangelicals: could the pope's recent trip help bridge the divide?
Chicago has encouraged green roofs to reduce water runoff and energy consumption in buildings.
Mayors from the around the world are at the Vatican to discuss climate change, a global issue that's proving to be most effectively addressed at the local level.
Laudato Si’: for some, a guide to personal values and morals in the Anthropocene.
The ink is still drying on the Pope’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si’” or “On Care for Our Common Home,” and scholars, critics and pundits will analyze and assess it for years to come. But one aspect of…
Among certain minority religious communities, there’s a focus on homegrown or locally grown food.
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Yes, environmental racism is still a problem, but recent research shows that minority groups care about protecting the environment because of the positive experiences they've had.
In elevating the status of animals, the Pope looks back to Francis of Assisi’s example and looks ahead to the prospect of environmental catastrophe.
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In suggesting the ultimate restoration of all creatures in his recent encyclical, Pope Francis is breaking with the weight of Western philosophical and theological tradition.
Pope Francis has made a strong call to action on climate change.
Tony Abbott gets some lucky breaks. Imagine if Pope Francis had issued [this week's encyclical - with its clarion call for the world to address climate change - last year in the run up to the G20 hosted by Australia.