U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met with Pope Francis at the Vatican this morning. President Biden presented the pope with a "command coin" commemorating his late son Beau's Army unit, the 261st Signal Brigade. Explaining that the coins are given to warriors and leaders, the president told Pope Francis, "You are one of the most significant warriors for peace I've ever met."
James Carville, co-host of the "Politics War Room" podcast, and Matt Malone, SJ discuss vaccine hesitancy among a significant number of U.S. Catholics, while Carville calls on church leaders to articulate the moral case for making vaccines obligatory.
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On July 16, 2021, Pope Francis issued a bombshell decree restricting the pre-Vatican II Mass. It's called “Traditionis Custodes” or, in English, “Guardians of the tradition.” It overrides and reverses a 2007 decree from Pope Benedict that made generous accommodations for its use across the Catholic Church. Why did Francis reverse course? What does this mean for the Catholics who celebrate the pre-Vatican II Mass? And how will this decision affect the all-important unity of the Catholic Church? Colleen Dulle, host of America Media's "Inside the Vatican" podcast breaks it all down.
With the election of a pro-choice Catholic to the White House, the question of who may or may not be admitted to Holy Communion has surfaced in Catholic public discourse, particularly among the U.S. bishops. In this episode of Behind the Story, Sam Sawyer, S.J., joins America's national correspondent ,Mike O'Loughlin, to explore the theological roots of this debate and how the bishops are addressing it at their annual meeting.