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Is the world making an idol of Pope Francis?

Putting Francis’ words into self-serving soundbites is the same problem of idolization that Jesus faces.

Sin in Syria

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

Pope Francis and gays: A misinterpretation or a hint of the future?

Francis’ “Who am I to judge” opens a whole new set of questions – and answers – for the Church.

A theology of women? What did Pope Francis mean?

Dedicated in 1966 by the Lithuanian Catholics of America, Our Lady of Siluva is made of marble. Benjamin C. Tankersley … Continued

A theology of women? What does Pope Francis mean?

Dedicated in 1966 by the Lithuanian Catholics of America, Our Lady of Siluva is made of marble. Benjamin C. Tankersley … Continued

Why many Methodists still oppose same-sex marriage

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May … Continued

Why marriage matters

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on two cases about marriage. But regardless … Continued

COMMENTARY: Why do condolence notes never get easier to write?

As we go through life, most of us manage to acquire some small measure of expertise about daily living. In … Continued

The boogeyman approacheth

AUSTIN, Texas — Conspiracy theories like those accompanying the Benghazi and IRS-Tea Party foul-ups come and go in American political … Continued

The Cult of Violent Radical Islam

Today’s so-called Muslim jihadists are yesterday’s Christian, pagan and other persecutors in the name of religion.

Boston Marathon’s holy ground and sacred bonds

When it comes to running, America often looks like a country of apostles and apostates. For true believers like Olympian … Continued

Mr. Rogers gives hope while social media becomes virtual house of prayer for Boston

Facebook, Twitter and other social media suddenly became houses of prayer for Boston, and for the country, as explosions ripped … Continued

Could women in combat mean fewer wars?

The Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat has been met with great jubilation — and consternation. A … Continued

Vatican newspaper compares marriage equality to communism

VATICAN CITY — Faced with recent setbacks in the United States and in Europe, the Catholic Church has intensified its … Continued

Former minister: ‘We atheists love this time of year like everyone else’

REUTERS People view a display showing the nativity scene in Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif. in this Dec. 12, … Continued

Kathie Lee Gifford’s musical is a labor of love that brings light to a dark world

AP This theater image released by The Publicity Office shows Edward Watts, left, and Carolee Carmello during a performance of … Continued

Why monogamy is natural

Mary O’Malley A pair of lovebirds. Creationists and evolutionists don’t agree on much, but they both believe that monogamy is … Continued

In rural Missouri, Mormons see Adam’s fall after Garden of Eden and Jesus’ return

DAVIESS COUNTY, Mo. — Jose Rangel got out of his minivan and stretched before helping his elderly mother from the … Continued

Rosh Hashanah: The start of a new year for humankind as a whole

REUTERS Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City Sept. 16, 2012, ahead … Continued

Romney’s veep nominee: Would a Mormon-Catholic ticket turn blue states red?

Catholics populate the potential VP list for Romney.