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Vatican fields cricket club in bid for dialogue with other faiths as sport and religion merge

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican served tea and cucumber sandwiches Tuesday as it launched its first cricket club, an initiative … Continued

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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.

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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

Human and religious limitations

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Faith in the Post 9/11 World

I came of age in the multicultural movement of the 1990s. We read Cornel West essays and watched Spike Lee … Continued

An Atheist Defends the Value of Religion

By Bruce Sheimanauthor As an atheist, I approach religion much like an economist. I believe religion persists in our market-based … Continued

A Papal Cry of Pain

The world has heard a papal cry of pain. For me, that is the best way to characterize and understand … Continued

Thin Line Between Religions and Cults

A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. … Continued

Thin Line Between Religions and Cults

In exchange for her cooperation, Maryland prosecutors have offered Ria Ramkissoon a reduced charge in the case against Queen Antoinette … Continued

Truly Catholic and Truly Homosexual

Among Catholic homosexuals this December 2008, all is not “merry and gay,” despite the holiday singing. While there was some … Continued

Darfur & the Olympics: A Jewish Lament

Today’s guest blogger is Rabbi Or N. Rose. Rabbi Rose is associate dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College … Continued

A Common Word for Christians, Muslims

A dark and dangerous storm of Christian-Muslim tensions is menacing the world in which we live. Not since the days … Continued