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Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts

RNS () — The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby christened Prince George, a … Continued

Minn. church whistleblower says she has no regrets about speaking out, but ‘didn’t do enough’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After she made her First Communion as a little girl, Jennifer Haselberger was distraught to learn … Continued

Stephen Colbert on Pope Francis, Cardinal Dolan and (of course) Stephen Colbert

NEW YORK — The great and the good — and lots of politicians and TV pundits, too — gathered Thursday … Continued

Hispanics increasingly identify as ‘nones’

RNS () — The number of Hispanic-Americans who say they adhere to no religion is growing and now rivals the … Continued

Gender-based abortions spark outrage in England

CANTERBURY, England — A group of Christian lawyers plans to sue two medical doctors who have raised a storm of … Continued

Vatican urges a slowdown in the rush to reform

ROME — Pope Francis has earned headlines worldwide with his reform-minded comments on any number of topics, from the church … Continued

Are atheists taking over? Signs abound, from Francis interview to Virginia’s governor race

Are atheists taking over the debate?   In the past weeks, Pope Francis gave an interview to an atheist journalist in … Continued

Poll: Catholics agree with Pope Francis that church is ‘obsessed’ with moral issues

RNS () — Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world last month when he gave a wide-ranging interview in which he … Continued

Supreme Court poised to turn right in 2013 term

WASHINGTON — After two blockbuster terms in which it saved President Obama’s health care law and advanced the cause of … Continued

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng gets U.S. platform to promote human rights

WASHINGTON — Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has joined three American organizations to further his human rights advocacy, including advocating … Continued

N.C. Catholic dioceses quit church council over same-sex marriage amendment

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At a time when Pope Francis is calling for the church to give up its obsession with … Continued

Pope Francis fires a warning shot at church’s ‘top-down’ bureaucracy

RNS () — Pope Francis has once again given a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic … Continued

Survey: Hispanics like Pope Francis and the Democratic Party

AUSTIN, Texas — A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely … Continued

Pope Francis and the church’s new attitude

“Five years ago, I would have been afraid of saying anything like what the pope said in his [recent] interview,” says … Continued

Pope Francis to announce date when popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints

Pope Francis is expected Monday to announce the date when he will make saints of two of contemporary Catholicism’s most … Continued

The Pope Francis miracle

When Father Jim Martin, editor-at-large of America, the Jesuit magazine, first saw the transcript of the pope’s interview, it was … Continued

U.S. asks Supreme Court to review Hobby Lobby’s birth control mandate challenge

RNS () — Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer … Continued

5 things we learned about Pope Francis from his blockbuster interview

RNS () — Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy … Continued

Pope Francis identifies with regular Catholics

Pope Francis made a significant push Thursday toward his vision of a more pastoral, less doctrinaire Catholic Church, saying the … Continued

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis stuns the church. But will it have a lasting effect?

RNS () — Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 19) rocked the Catholic Church and surprised the wider world with a … Continued