News
January 25, 2017

How reporters got the Pope’s telegram to Trump wrong

A telegram (yes, the Vatican still uses that word) from Pope Francis to Trump was spun as a dramatic challenge to the new president over the poor. In fact, it…
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NewsVatican
October 22, 2015

Notes on a rollicking hump day at the 2015 Synod of Bishops

Synods of Bishops may be many things under Pope Francis, but dull is certainly not among them. On Wednesday, the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family heard the final…
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NewsVatican
October 20, 2015

Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

When you talk to people taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family and ask where things stand, one observation you’ll often hear is that public impressions…
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Articles
October 15, 2015

What did the pope’s mea culpa mean? Take your pick of scandals

ROME – Wednesdays in Rome generally belong to the pope, because that’s when he holds his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, and during the second week of the…
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NewsVatican
October 14, 2015

‘Yes We Can!’ emerges as rallying cry at 2015 synod

ROME — Given the blindingly obvious fact that there are deep divisions at the 2015 Synod of Bishops, various ways of analyzing those fault lines have been proposed. Some see…
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NewsVatican
October 9, 2015

Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Francis as a ‘Peace Pope.’

ROME — Pope Francis has once again been passed over for the Nobel Peace Prize; it went to a quartet of Tunisian organizations that held the country together when it…
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NewsUSA
October 8, 2015

Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage

ROME — Some years ago, I attended a presentation by the late Rev. Raymond Brown, a Sulpician priest and one of America’s great Catholic Biblical scholars, in which he commented…
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NewsVatican
October 7, 2015

Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

ROME — In the abstract, Pope Francis might have reason to be a bit nervous that his much-ballyhooed Synod of Bishops on the family, an Oct. 4-25 summit he’s been…
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