Pope Francis has acknowledged that celibacy is one of the challenges of the Catholic Church in the 21st century.
Pope Francis recently acknowledged that the Catholic Church is struggling to recruit new priests, endangering its very future. Why don't people want to join the clergy?
The abyss of hell.
The meaning of hell might have changed over the centuries, but for devout Christians it remains a core part of their faith.
What does it mean for a pope to apologize?
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Popes are not infallible, yet apologies are rare.
Oscar Romero’s canonization is controversial. The process stalled in the Vatican for decades.
On March 24, 1980, an outspoken Salvadoran bishop was murdered after decrying his country's military regime. Thirty-eight years and one civil war later, Pope Francis is set to declare him a saint.
Pope Francis will not ordain women to priesthood.
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The Catholic Church has historically been unwilling to extend full priesthood to women. However, Pope Francis could take the lead in ordaining women to become deacons, a scholar says.
Cardinal Bernard Law in Rome in 2011.
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The passing of Cardinal Bernard Law is another moment to revisit the issue of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and why it remains a challenge.
Biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy.
New economic realities have raised new challenges in applying Biblical principles to economic life. But they could still provide guidance on how to help those in need and how to levy taxes.
Close study of the Bible confirms that it isn't just the Devil who tempts.
Pope Francis talks with bishops during the Liturgical Week at the Vatican in August 2017.
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A liturgy expert explains that until the 12th century local bishops made decisions on Catholic liturgical practices even though the Catholic Mass was celebrated in Latin until 1970. How did that change?
Pope Francis at the end of a canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa.
A scholar explains the long process to sainthood and what Pope Francis' recent order might change.
Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez and priests prostrate in front of the altar to seek pardon for sexual abuse in the Church at the cathedral in Granada, southern Spain, Nov. 23, 2014.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church requires nearly absolute obedience. This makes it difficult to speak up against superiors. And by the same token, superiors too can protect offending priests.
President Trump stands beside Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. An unidentified priest looks on.
The GOP was once the political home of anti-Catholicism. And the Vatican, it was believed, would use a Catholic president as a way to meddle in US politics.
A bison on its way in the Bialowieza forest in Poland.
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In countries that identify predominantly as Christian, scripture and its interpretations carry serious sociopolitical weight.
Pope Francis giving a TED talk.
What Pope Francis did in his surprise TED talk was to relate the social message of Catholicism to people’s real lives.
All papacies are political, and Pope Francis’s is no exception.
The Pope hasn't actually opened the door for married priests. But in rethinking celibacy, he has shown his mastery of the art of containing people without actually making big changes to the Church.
A woman holds Pope Francis’ head during his meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples at the Vatican on Feb. 15, 2017.
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Pope Francis appears to have defended Native American protests on the North Dakota pipeline issue. Indigenous cultures have a right to defend 'their ancestral relationship to the Earth,' he said.
We are living in a world war fought piecemeal. It is everyone's responsibility to fight for peace.
Pope Francis marks the end of the Jubilee of Mercy by closing the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
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The pope's action is significant: It encourages priests to be more sensitive to the context of the lives of their laity.
The two church leaders want to promote togetherness between Catholics and Anglicans, but their own churches are bitterly divided.
Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.