The Turin Shroud is a fake. Admittedly, since Bishop d’Arcis was writing in 1390, to Pope Clement VII rather than Pope Francis, this is not exactly new news. In the latest, but almost certainly not final instalment, they have used modern forensic techniques to show that apparent blood spatters on the shroud could only have been produced by someone moving to adopt different poses – rather than lying still, in the manner of a dead and yet to be resurrected Messiah.
It's a June morning at the Vatican, and Pope Francis is wearing a hangdog expression—all watchful eyes and soft apostolic chins. It's how he looks opposite strongmen in Myanmar or posing with Donald Trump or preparing to berate the Vatican hierarchy for being out of touch and insular. Today, though, we're in the marble lobby of the Paul VI audience hall, and schoolchildren are preparing to sing songs. I'm a little worried what they might think. But when the kids ask him questions, Francis brightens dramatically. He suddenly radiates ebullience and avuncular warmth. As a journalist who has covered Francis for years, I've seen this shift before—when he's broken from sermons to share homespun wisdom
Minister tells Catholic church: relax ban on contraception
Prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz, who held senior positions in the archdiocese of Santiago, was detained Thursday over allegations that he sexually abused seven children -- the latest pedophilia scandal to grip the country's church. The alleged abuse by Munoz, 56, took place from 2002 in the capital Santiago and the southern city of Rancagua, prosecutor Emiliano Arias said. Munoz was vice-chancellor and then chancellor in the archdiocese of Santiago from 2011, before he was removed two months ago after admitting in January, days before Pope Francis' visit to Chile, that he had abused a minor.
US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday. The number of Trump's followers has "more than doubled since taking office", the study authors said. With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts nearly 10 million more followers than third-place holder, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the latest "Twiplomacy" study by communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).
In the summer, cinemas tend to be full of blockbusters and big franchise sequels. But this year the season has an unlikely star: the life story documentary. Already, two documentaries have surpassed the $10 million mark at the US box office (the benchmark for a resounding commercial success among documentaries): Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,…
(RNS) — Spirituality, whether Christian or Muslim, frequently uses the language of battle, so it is not surprising that Pope Francis promotes the Christian equivalent of a spiritual jihad. Many in the West think jihad only means warfare, whereas it can also mean the spiritual struggle within oneself against sin. In the final chapter of “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Francis uses similar language when he writes that “the Christian life is a constant battle.” For him, this battle is not just against the world and our human weakness but also against the devil himself. (In earlier columns, I discussed chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4.) For Francis, the devil is not a mythical figure but real.
Pope Francis is praying for the victims of Japan's flooding and is encouraging civil authorities involved in search and rescue operations. Francis sent a note of condolences to Catholic church authorities on Monday, saying he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the loss of life. At least 100 people are believed to have died, and another 80 people are unaccounted for, after heavy rains and mudslides thrashed southern Japan. European Union chief Donald Tusk has suggested moving the postponed summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Tokyo next week.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is trying to cheer up Brazilian soccer fans after the team's quarterfinal exit from the World Cup.