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Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy

RNS () — The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but … Continued

COMMENTARY: Somebody else’s problem

RNS () — IBM’s decision to cut loose 110,000 retirees from its company health plan continues a disturbing trend toward … Continued

March on Washington’s dream, our vow

David Goldman/ Associated Press: In this March 26, 2012 file photo Jaquan Kelley of Atlanta wears a Skittles wrapper over … Continued

The politicization of tragedy

AP Rain soaks parts of a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., … Continued

Two continents, one soul

Picture the scene: a prematurely aged woman lies on a disheveled bed in her rudimentary home in rural Uganda. Diagnosed … Continued

Is spiritual care a reform that spans the health-care divide?

Health-care reform – just two simple words. But the simplicity of the phrase belies the fact it is an issue … Continued

Affordable Care Act ruling promises religious fights for the forseeable future

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES Health-care law opponents and proponents gatherin front of he U.S. Supreme Court, on June 28, 2012 … Continued

Health care’s messy morality: What’s next for Christians as the Affordable Care Act survives?

Melina Mara The Washington Post Healthcare activists gather in front of the Supreme Court as the decision is announced. Although … Continued

Ohio congressman on a mission to bring meditation to the masses

By age 35, Congressman Tim Ryan had been one of Ohio’s youngest state senators, served two terms in the U.S. … Continued

The ‘gospel’ according to Herman Cain

Ethan Miller GETTY IMAGES Former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain participates in the Republican presidential debate airing on CNN, … Continued

Obama is pandering to religion

The Spirited Atheist, like a great many secularists at this political juncture, is feeling somewhat dispirited. President Obama’s “how-I-came-to-know-Jesus” speech … Continued

American exceptionalism: useless, potentially dangerous

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Holy healers and the polio campaign

Polio, that long dreaded disease, is almost but not quite eradicated. The global polio eradication campaign (a joint effort of … Continued

Who’s Your Nazi?

We seem to have a love affair with comparisons to Nazis and Hitler these days, at least when it comes … Continued

Health care reform: A victory for life and human dignity

By Morna Murray and Vincent Millerpresident of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Goodprofessor, University of Dayton Americans who have … Continued

Faith in laughter

By Alan Beckphysician, author It was over 30 years ago that I got to tell my folks, “Hey look, I’ve … Continued

Human right to comfort the dying — and decide who comforts us

On rare occasions, a news development forcefully reminds us of what it means to be deprived of a basic human … Continued

Obama’s historic victory

“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed … Continued

Health care for life and for all

By Bishop William F. Murphy, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Bishop John Wester For decades, the United States Catholic bishops have … Continued

Olympic boosterism and American cultural narcissism

If you would like a graphic (literal and figurative) demonstration of our nation’s greatest failing, sit in front of your … Continued