Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst earned the "bling" label in 2013 when aides revealed he had spent 31 million euros on a makeover of his residence and office.
We say: Come September and Francis' visit, we all are likely to be shaken to our roots by a much-expanded definition of Catholic orthodoxy.
Eco Catholic: One of the nations most vulnerable to climate change has become one of the first to mobilize in response to Laudato Si'.
When the Vatican publishes its annual report detailing its activities , the 1,400-page volume is filled with references to the everyday and the exceptional.
Standing beside a statue called "Homeless Jesus," Msgr. John Enzler pledged to spend a night with the city's homeless before Pope Francis' visit in September.
Enzler, who is president of Catholic Charities, made the vow as part of Wednesday's launch of the "Walk with Francis Pledge," a campaign by the Washington archdiocese and Catholic Charities to get 100,000 people to take on a good deed in preparation for the pope's visit.
Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a "staycation."
With the exception of a meeting Tuesday with a group of mayors from around the world and the Sunday recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis' schedule was cleared of meetings, audiences and public appearances July 13-Aug. 4.
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Doyle said he spent eight to 10 hours over three days explaining the situation in the U.S. from the perspective of his 30 years of advocacy for victims.
Growing conservative disaffection with Pope Francis appears to be taking a toll on his once Teflon-grade popularity in the U.S., with a new Gallup poll showing the pope's favorability rating among all Americans dropping to 59 percent from a 76 percent peak early last year.
Among conservatives, the drop-off has been especially sharp: Just 45 percent view Francis favorably today, as opposed to 72 percent a year ago.
The women have stood in silent protest each week for more than 20 years, appealing for an end to the church's discrimination against women and complicity in war.