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Can Pope Francis help end the culture wars?

Francis’ words may be the push needed to keep the Catholic faith above the mess of American politics.

Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

Keep Christ in Easter

It is common to hear calls to “Put Christ back in Christmas,” but not so common to ask the same … Continued

Is religion dying –or reinventing?

For decades, Americans have been turning toward spirituality as a protest vote against conventional religion. In the last dozen years, … Continued

Beatify the man, not his politics

The May 1st beatification of John Paul II will not bestow the title “the Great” on the first Polish pope. … Continued

In Norway, taking religion seriously

By Katherine Marshall FAITH IN ACTION When pitfalls of the modern godless secular state are decried, Norway is often invoked … Continued

Is Sharia law reconcilable with modernity?

By Ali Gomaa Among the claims made against the man behind the mosque near Ground Zero, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

A prince, not a theologian

Speaking before the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Prince Charles of England declared that “the Islamic world is the custodian … Continued

The priesthood’s dark valley

Last Friday, at the liturgy marking the end of “The Year of the Priest,” Pope Benedict XVI once again addressed … Continued

Retiring Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas resigned Monday from her position as a syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corporation, in the wake of her … Continued