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Five things to look for in the encyclical on environment

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is being translated into multiple languages and will be published probably in June. Here are five things to look for in the new encyclical. First, the encyclical will accept the… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thomas Reese

Religious tensions in Nigeria

Half-Christian, half-Muslim, Nigeria is a country where faiths must live together in peace or they will die in great numbers. Africa is often ignored in the America media, but Boko Haram has put it on the front page with its… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thomas Reese

Global Catholic population up, number of priests down since 1980

The Catholic population of the world increased by 57% or 445 million souls between 1980 and 2012, but the number of priests declined by 17% or 20,547 priests according to a study released June 1 by CARA, the Center for Applied… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
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Why Pope Francis' encyclical matters

Some of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten from journalists this week: Why does the encyclical matter? What impact will it have? Why is it getting all this attention? Let's start with the last question: Why is… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thomas Reese

Pope Francis: Technology + greed = disaster

A superficial review of Laudato Si’ could lead the reader to think that Pope Francis is a Luddite. He has very critical things to say about technology, especially when it is connected to greed. The goal of technology, he argues,… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thomas Reese

Five things to look for during the papal visit

The pope’s visit to the United States is going to be a whirlwind affair with scores of events and activities. In the midst of this papal storm, here are five things to focus on. First, Francis the man. This will be America’s… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thomas Reese

Synod on family is about more than sex, according to Francis

Despite Pope Francis’ desire not to obsess over sexual issues, for many people in the church and the media that is what the synod on the family is all about. All his attempts to stay on message fell apart under the onslaught of… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
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Genocide, crimes against humanity, and refugees

Thirty Christian leaders, including Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, have written a letter to Secretary John Kerry calling on the State Department to include Syrian and Iraqi Christians among those listed as victims of… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
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The multiple audiences for the Year of Mercy

From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis’ homilies and speeches have emphasized “mercy” as a common theme. As a result, it was no surprise when he declared that the church would celebrate a holy year of mercy this year.The… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
Thoma Reese

The Catholic vote in 2016

Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, attention turns to the primaries in both the Republican and Democratic parties beginning with New Hampshire. There has been much discussion of how evangelicals will vote in the Republican… [Leggi]
di Thomas Reese
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