Mary Magdalene has been "interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted," according to Michael Haag, historian and author of The Quest for Mary Magdalene.
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Pope Francis' visit to Poland July 27-31 will inevitably call attention to the contrast between his liberal social policies and those of the Polish church.
Even a cursory look at the exhibit "Jheronimus Bosch: Visions of a Genius" demonstrates the Den Bosch-born painter's Catholic identity.
Top Catholic and Orthodox church officials in North America are calling on the Vatican to let married men become priests in Eastern rite Catholic churches, another sign that optional celibacy could become a front-burner issue under Pope Francis.
Eastern rite Catholic churches have a look and feel similar to Eastern Orthodox churches but are loyal to Rome and fall under the pope's jurisdiction.
When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis, they will discuss the "diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East."
Vatican theologians have given their approval to a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI, moving him a step closer to sainthood.