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The Pope Francis Balancing Act

How will Pope Francis’ progressivism be embraced by Christians?

COMMENTARY: The buck never stops

RNS () — It was a strange, but telling, spectacle when those who billed the government millions for working on … Continued

Obsessed-with-success Washington could learn a lesson from mystic Sadhguru

“I’m mostly blissed out,” laughed guru, mystic and spiritual master Sadhguru. At a Saturday night lecture and in an interview … Continued

How to counter violent extremism

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … 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

Women at war with late-term abortion

Antiabortion activists march during the annual March for Life rally in Washington. The march coincides with Supreme Court’s landmark Roe … Continued

William Gray, a man on a mission

William Gray III was a preacher, pastor, teacher, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, chief executive officer, fund raiser, … Continued

What Tony Blair meant about Islam

(Photo credit: Patrick McMullan) Globalization will be the greatest force for good in the 21st century, but it will also … Continued

Canterbury Cathedral says it’s not closing its doors

CANTERBURY, England — England’s best-known cathedral and mother church of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion will stay open to … Continued

The role of the Holy Spirit at the papal conclave

Before the cardinals entered the conclave to select the next pope, they first celebrated a special Mass. Then they chanted the … Continued

Methodist bishop Minerva Carcano on front lines of immigration battle

PASADENA, Calif. — When United Methodist Bishop Minerva G. Carcano talks about tussling with political bigwigs on the topic of … Continued

Roe a matter of religious liberty

Forty years after abortion was made legal by the momentous Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, women’s access to … Continued

Judge rejects much of Schuller’s bankruptcy bid

Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller failed to get most of the $5 million he requested in a bankruptcy case … Continued


AP President Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from … Continued

A day devoted to gratitude

REUTERS The skyline of Manhattan is seen at twilight in New York, March 19, 2011. Under the green aerial are … Continued

Analysis: Film revives questions about Abraham Lincoln’s faith, but offers few answers

There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s masterful new film “Lincoln” when the 16th president asks the kind of big … Continued

Graham: Operation Christmas Child represents God’s gift to humanity

Bill O’Leary WASHINGTON POST Franklin Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, … Continued

Is Mitt Romney’s canned-good drive misguided?

As I write this column, three days after Sandy wreaked havoc on so many neighborhoods near my own in Brooklyn, … Continued

Jewish activist: ‘Hate speech must not be accepted as civil discourse’

Astrid Riecken FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Controversial posters on the Israel Palestinian conflict are placed at U Street Metro stop … Continued

Why civil discourse is imperative for inter-Jewish dialogue

Courtesy of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation Edgar Bronfman with Bronfman Youth Fellowships students. The increasingly partisan tone of the upcoming … Continued