Villa Aurora in Rome, which houses works by Caravaggio and Guercino, is up for sale.
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What will happen to this villa and its unique collection of 16th- and 17th-century ceiling paintings?
Pope Francis at Martyrs Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in February 2023.
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Pope Francis’ papacy is anchored on what he calls a “revolution of tenderness”.
The latest Australian census shows a decrease in affiliation with Pentecostal churches, despite the ‘boom’ narrative. Women seem to be leaving: gender inequality and abuses of power are having an impact.
Pope Francis on a visit to Madagascar in 2019.
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He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
People pray in front of the tomb of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI inside the grottos of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on Jan. 8, 2023.
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A specialist in Catholic liturgy and rituals explains that while several popes have been canonized, it is a long process that may take several years to examine and uncover any hidden flaws.
Pope Francis in Nairobi, Kenya, during his first papal visit to the African continent in 2015.
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African Catholics are growing in number. They are also reinventing and reinterpreting Christianity.
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Pell, often described as a conservative Catholic, was jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia in 2019 but maintained his innocence and was acquitted the following year.
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he is driven through a crowd during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, on June 2, 2010.
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Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church at a crucial time and had to confront a growing sexual abuse scandal.
Pope Francis commemorates the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by celebrating a Mass.
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Catholics disagree over how to adapt the church’s doctrine and practices, especially marriage, to different cultures.
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From the earliest years of Christianity, some people have been recognised as having lived exceptionally holy lives.
Nicaragua’s lawmakers have closed NGOs in a string of decrees.
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These crackdowns are occurring around the world in countries that are becoming less free because of what’s known as ‘democratic backsliding.’
A substantial majority were concerned about the prevalence of abuse, racism, and sexism in church contexts, and many raised issues relating to transparency and accountability.
An 11th-century mosaic shows Epiphanius of Salamis, Clement of Rome, Gregory the Theologian, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archdeacon Stephen.
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Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize the authority of the ‘fathers’ to guide teaching on doctrinal issues.
Pope Francis arrives to a hero’s welcome at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 26, 2022, to take part in a public mass.
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Apologizing for people versus the establishment that upheld not only the Indian Residential Schools system but protected – and continues to protect — the people who committed the crimes is horrifying.
Pope Francis receives a traditional headdress after apologizing near the site of the former Ermineskin Residential School, in Maskwacis, Alta.
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Whether this apology has truly advanced the goal of healing may become evident only in years and decades to come.
Drawing of St. Peter’s cathedral, Rome, with the Vatican wall in the left distance, c. 1640.
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Residential schools and the papal bulls justifying the doctrine of discovery call out for concrete acts of atonement and reparation on the part of the church.
Pope Francis’s visit to Canada will offer him an opportunity to apologize for the harms of the Catholic-run Indian Residential Schools.
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Pope Francis’ visit concerns all Canadians. It’s about our relationship to history and the construction of a state that marginalized Indigenous people and tried to assimilate them.
A key question we should be asking during his upcoming visit is: How will an apology contribute to healing, or will it just deepen distrust in the church?
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It is reasonable to expect that any apology from the Pope will be met with mixed responses.
Members of the Assembly of First Nations perform in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on March 31, 2022.
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Pope Francis and the Catholic Church must make a plan with Indigenous Peoples, not for us, in order to walk the path of reconciliation. Some initial suggestions of what a plan might include.
A 4-month-old baby girl is tended by her grandmother inside a church in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, in 2011.
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The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.