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Coming to the Supreme Court: the politics of public prayer

The constitutionality of legislative prayers returns to the Supreme Court after 30 years.

Suzan Johnson Cook to resign as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is … Continued

Nazi SS captain denied church funeral in Rome

ROME — Catholic churches here have joined government officials in three countries to deny a public funeral for Erich Priebke, … Continued

Pope Francis identifies with regular Catholics

Pope Francis made a significant push Thursday toward his vision of a more pastoral, less doctrinaire Catholic Church, saying the … Continued

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ explosive new interview

RNS () — In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number … Continued

‘Hug an Atheist’ film tries to put a human face on unbelief

SAN FRANCISCO — Few outside the atheist community — and even many inside it — would argue that atheism has … Continued

Abused Hindu goddesses recall violence against women

RNS () — A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to … Continued

Christians in Sudan face increased hostility

NAIROBI, Kenya — Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders … Continued

The Moroccan-Jewish experience and why I have hope for peace in the Middle East

Secretary of State John Kerry has made it his personal mission to revive peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Yet … Continued

Religious freedom is not a ‘second-class right’

A rosary is held in the hand of a walker during a “Rosary Walk” rally supporting religious freedom. Over 100 … Continued

Martin Luther King and the eternal truth of ‘social issues’

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks in Eutaw, Ala., in this June 1965 photo. (The Associated Press — … Continued

With prayer case, the Supreme Court goes to the heart of the First Amendment matter

When the U.S. Supreme Court declared legislative prayers constitutional 30 years ago, the justices sent a convoluted message to legislatures, … Continued

As BC graduates, Catholicism is alive and well on campus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass in Rome. Domenico Stinellis / AP Catholicism is alive and well at Boston College. For … Continued

Where Do We Put Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev is paradoxically an act of faith and hope, affirming that a connection exists between us all.

Atheists are people, too

Mark Poprocki / iStock Bombs do not discriminate. We know that the people wounded or killed from the Boston Marathon … Continued

America mirrors global godless trend

For years, we’ve heard how the world is much less religious than America, and that America is a bit of … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

Punishable peacemaking?

REUTERS U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens she is introduced to speak at the residence of the U.S. ambassador … Continued

In Christmas wars, it’s all or nothing

AP This Dec. 4, 2011 photo shows avowed atheist Damon Vix in front of the display he set among other, … Continued

After shooting, Sikhs push for more legal protections

U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized Senate hearing on hate crimes and a pledge by the Justice … Continued