Catholics http://wamc.org en 2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News http://wamc.org/post/2013-looking-back-pope-francis-effect-and-other-religion-news <p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:39:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80928 at http://wamc.org 2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News Papal Survey Tackles Contemporary Issues http://wamc.org/post/papal-survey-tackles-contemporary-issues <p></p><p>The head of the Roman Catholic Church has called for the faithful to be surveyed on issues facing modern families…&nbsp;</p><p>In an unprecedented move to examine parishioners’ beliefs, Pope Francis is calling on bishops to measure what Catholics think about matters facing modern families, including many issues that go against the norm of the church.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 77616 at http://wamc.org Papal Survey Tackles Contemporary Issues Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest http://wamc.org/post/meet-albanys-first-female-catholic-priest <p>Religious history was made over the weekend in Albany when the city's first "woman priest" was ordained.</p><p>On Sunday, Mary Theresa Streck of Albany was ordained a woman priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. A former Sister of St. Joseph, Streck is an artist and peace activist who is cofounder and director of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:38:53 +0000 Dave Lucas 73720 at http://wamc.org Meet Albany's First Female Catholic Priest Local Catholics Celebrate New Pope http://wamc.org/post/local-catholics-celebrate-new-pope <p>Special masses were said in Catholic churches in the region today to mark the installation of&nbsp; Pope Francis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; About 200 people braved a snowstorm to attend a noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, where Bishop Timothy McDonnell declared it a day to rejoice.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The mass in Springfield took place several hours after the installation mass&nbsp; for the new pope was held under bright blue skies in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . The crowd there was estimated at between 150,000- 200,000 people.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:42:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 60217 at http://wamc.org Local Catholics Celebrate New Pope