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5 things we learned about Pope Francis from his blockbuster interview

RNS () — Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy … Continued

New biography to present a less “zealous” Jesus

Jay Parini’s “Jesus” (Amazon) will be the first in a new series of biographies called “Icons,” starting in December. Last … Continued

Faith in the father

I was standing by the ocean when I heard a child’s shrill cry of distress. A toddler waddling incautiously at … Continued

Opponents of gay marriage say they’re no bigots

WASHINGTON — They are moms and dads, authors and activists, a former police officer and a former single mom. They’re … Continued

Don’t call us ‘the nones': In praise of religious independents

I’ve heard a lot about “the nones” lately. No, don’t conjure up images of cantankerous ladies in penguin-like habits enforcing … Continued

Grandaughters of Westboro Baptist Church founder quit church, apologize for “hurt”

For all of her adult life and much of her childhood, Megan Phelps-Roper picketed funerals, condemned gays, and said she … Continued

God favored ‘older parenthood’

ABED AL HASHLAMOUN EPA A Palestinian carpenter carves a wooden sculpture of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus at a workshop … Continued

An appeal to see Romney’s softer side

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks the floor during the final day of the Republican … Continued

Q&A with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has spent most of his adult life trying to build interfaith and international bridges. But to … Continued

Faith and

AP In this undated file image provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, singer-actresses Jordin Sparks, left, and Whitney Houston are shown … Continued

Nixon felon and evangelical icon Charles Colson dies at 80

WASHINGTON — Charles W. Colson, the Watergate felon who became an evangelical icon and born-again advocate for prisoners, died Saturday … Continued

Why women need secularism

Jason Getz AP Gale Walldorff holds a historic sign of a woman saying “Don’t tell me what to do,” during … Continued

Tu’Bshvat: Celebrating the beauty that surrounds us

When I was about to turn 21, and my brother Charles was 19, we took a road trip across the … Continued

Thanksgiving in Haiti

By Franklin Graham As America celebrates Thanksgiving today, Haiti will celebrate, well . . . not much. Having spent my … Continued

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: a Christian response

By Anthony Woods In the 17-years since Congress enacted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” supporters of the discriminatory law have defended … Continued

One nation, until death do us part

By Melody Fox Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming Methodist-Jewish nuptials prompted me to reflect on interreligious marriage as an important part of … Continued

Lessons from a Buddhist/ Jewish/ Hindu/ Christian family

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Nikki Haley’s confession of faith

By David Waters Nikki Haley, the Sarah Palin-endorsed, scandal-hounded, Sikh-turned-Methodist who finished first Tuesday in a contentious South Carolina Republican … Continued

Abortion a product of loose morals

Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and support … Continued

Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Faithful Service

Thirty-five years ago, a friend of mine gave birth to a girl with Down Syndrome and immediately put her in … Continued