woman holds a placard and white roses during a special service for slain Labour Party MP Jo Cox, at Trafalgar Square in London, on June 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJune 30, 2016
There were 437 incidents of anti-Muslim hatred recorded in 2015, up from 146 the year before.
Pope Francis, left, meets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before opening the Holy Door to mark the opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, on Dec. 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJune 30, 2016
In recent weeks debate has erupted over whether there are two popes sharing authority in the church, or whether Francis is the sole successor of St. Peter.
Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceMay 19, 2016
Referring to businesses that hire employees on part-time contracts so they don't have to provide health and pension benefits, Francis said that was akin to sucking the blood from their workers' veins, leaving them "to eat air."
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceMay 12, 2016
Pope Francis agreed a women's diaconate should be given more careful consideration, telling hundreds of nuns from around the world that he himself always wondered about the role of deaconesses in the early church.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Germany receives guests in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 18, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceApril 28, 2016
“These self-appointed saviors of the Christian West who are looking for an absolute antichrist should take a look in the mirror.”
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceApril 15, 2016
During his 10-minute address, Sanders slammed the current global financial system and praised Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment.
Pope Francis greets Apple CEO Tim Cook during a private audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Jan. 22. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJanuary 23, 2016
The pontiff spent around 15 minutes in a private conversation with Cook on Jan. 22. Francis regularly meets with dignitaries at the Vatican, but the arrival of the Apple chief raised eyebrows particularly for its timing. Just a week earlier the pope had met with Schmidt, currently executive
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJanuary 21, 2016
Prejean met with the pope on Jan. 21 to deliver a thank-you letter from Richard Glossip, whose execution in the U.S. was halted in September after intervention from the pontiff. But her celebratory meeting with the pontiff came just hours after another death row inmate, Richard Masterson, was put
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJanuary 21, 2016
Any move to broaden those whose feet are washed by the priest—taking the role of Jesus—could raise questions about ordination.
Pope Francis greets an ambassador during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican Jan.11. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)
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Rosie Scammell - Religion News ServiceJanuary 11, 2016
Francis has made concern for migrants a centerpiece of his papacy, and on Jan. 11 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See he again urged governments to “overcome the inevitable fears associated with this massive and formidable phenomenon.”