Last week, Pope Francis repudiated a 500-year-old-decree justifying colonialism. This image is from last summer: at Lac Ste. Anne, Alta., in Canada.
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The Vatican has repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery, a 500-year-old decree used to justify settler colonialism. Scholar Veldon Coburn explains this symbolic victory and what still needs to happen.
The AI-generated images of Pope Francis that fooled much of the internet.
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Popes wear white to represent Christlike purity and red to symbolise compassion.
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”.
Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in Vatican City on Feb. 15, 2023.
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‘I see the church as a field hospital,’ Pope Francis once said – not a place where superficial solutions will do much good.
Those who exclude any groups of people from God’s kingdom choose to ignore the teaching of Jesus.
A young boy displaced by the civil war in South Sudan irons his shirt before school.
Pope Francis will be part of a peace mission to South Sudan, where thousands have been killed in ongoing violence.
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.
Pope Francis leads the second vespers service at St. Paul’s Basilica on Jan. 25, 2023, in Rome.
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Catholic leaders’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people have shifted dramatically – but the actual theology behind them, not so much.
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.
A rare photo from an Indian Residential School in Fort Resolution, N.W.T. These systems have been labeled a form of genocide by the Canadian House of Commons.
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Canada’s recent resolution to label the Indian Residential School system as genocide (and not cultural genocide) is not a mere alteration of words, it is a significant and consequential change.
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The majority of the world’s population identifies with a religion – could their faith be used to save the planet?
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.
Pope Francis on his three-day trip to Kazakhstan in September 2022.
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Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.
In her efforts to build a new relationship with the Catholic Church, Queen Elizabeth II had interactions with several pontiffs. She is seen here with Pope John Paul II.
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Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.
A protestor holds a sign saying ‘Reparation for Reconciliation’ as Pope Francis arrives for a public event in Iqaluit, Nunavut on July 29, 2022, during his papal visit across Canada.
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The Pope’s apology could mark a new way forward if the Catholic Church makes genuine reparations for the evils it perpetrated.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd, making his way to the Plains of Abraham during his Papal visit in Québec City on July 27, 2022.
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Visiting Indigenous people on their land was a step in the right direction, but the pope’s visit was full of tensions over both what was said and what wasn’t.
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Longer life span, air travel and social media have all changed the modern papacy and challenged cherished Catholic traditions along the way.