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Religious liberty takes center stage in diplomacy with Iran

AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool — AP photo Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United … Continued

Pope Francis taps diplomat as Vatican’s new ‘prime minister’

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of a major diplomatic push to try and prevent a U.S.-led attack on Syria, Pope Francis … Continued

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis, the improbable pop culture icon

RNS () — In the wake of Pope Francis’ triumphant visit to Brazil, writers for the rival National Catholic Register … Continued

Pope to find mixed political messages in Mexico trip

SILAO, Mexico — Pilgrims ply a winding mountain to the summit of the Cerro del Cubilete in the western state … Continued

Jews ask pope to push for aid worker’s release in Cuba

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI will use his upcoming trip to Cuba to press for the release of Alan Gross, … Continued

Strategic mutual sincerity

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Attack on the legitimacy of the Jewish state demands pope’s response

By Rabbi Cooper On March 26, 2000, Pope John Paul II stepped up to the Western Wall, the symbol of … Continued

An evangelical supports mosque near Ground Zero

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Roberts, Jr., the founding and Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas. NorthWood has … Continued

Isolation vs. Love as the foundation for foreign policy

Religious beliefs have profound implications for policies such as Israel’s present policy of isolating Palestinians; and of America’s efforts to … Continued

Still counting the casualties of Vietnam War, 35 years later

America’s faith communities have a long and important history of helping their members more deeply understand the implications of war, … Continued

Obama’s Indonesian opportunity

By Tad StahnkeHuman Rights First President Obama will travel to Indonesia in June as part of his ongoing effort to … Continued

U.S. foreign policy and religion: here be dragons

Last week, a task force sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs delivered a 99-page report to the White … Continued

There’s religion, and then there’s religion

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

What’s kosher in Indonesia

I am currently participating in an unprecedented encounter between a group of faith leaders from the world’s most powerful nation … Continued

How to Help The Iranian People

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg “It would be better if the administration focused on the regime’s instability and … Continued

Dr. Ambassador to the Vatican

The terms “doctor” and “ambassador” do not usually fit together. With the expected confirmation of theologian Miguel Diáz as the … Continued

A Pro-Choice Ambassador to the Vatican?

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “Vatican Unhappy with Obama Ambassador Picks,” scream the headlines. The only problem … Continued

Stop Associating Terrorism With Faith

The taking of human lives, in any instance, is a crime against the human family and should not be tolerated. … Continued

Saddleback Forum — a Catholic View

As a Catholic priest I found the Civic Forum at Saddleback Church a bit weird. I kept wondering what would … Continued

Iran is Not the Enemy

The “axis of evil” has no relevance for me when I think of Iran, a country I’ve found to have … Continued