• Catholicism growing in heart of Muslim world

    • Mar 9, 2014

    From the “not what you might expect” files, here’s a fact about Catholicism in the early 21st century that flies in the face of conventional wisdom: It’s growing by leaps and bounds in the heart of the Muslim world. Many Americans have heard or read reports about an exodus of

  • Pope’s new financial fixer has instincts of linebacker

    • Mar 2, 2014

    ROME — If the Vatican were, say, Walmart or Microsoft, the practices its new financial czar is vowing to implement would hardly seem revolutionary. For instance, Australian Cardinal George Pell says he wants “two sets of eyes on everything,” meaning the same people won’t be making budget decisions and policing

  • Cardinal picks embody principles of ‘Pope of the Poor’

    • Feb 23, 2014

    By tradition, the words are famously St. Francis of Assisi’s: “Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words.” The pope who now carries his name offered a classic example of some nonverbal preaching Saturday, using a traditional Roman pageant to lift up new cardinals from some of the world’s

  • Legionaries are Pope Francis’ problem now

    • Feb 16, 2014

    It’s a measure of how bad things have become for the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ that the first question a journalist feels obliged to ask the religious order’s new leader is, “Have you ever sexually abused anyone?” For the record, the answer of Father Eduardo Robles Gil Orvañanos was, “I