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The remarkable power of the charisma pope

Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day. (Mario Tama/GETTY IMAGES ) While much of the public … Continued

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

Should Christians support intervention in Syria? No.

Aug. 21, 2013Activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed in a toxic gas attack. Activists allege that … Continued

Syria and the ‘moral obscenity’ of war

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

America must be better than Guantanamo

A Guantanamo detainee’s feet are shown in this April 27, 2010 file photo. (POOL/REUTERS ) Diane Randall is the executive … Continued

Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains success

When Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a 2010 ballot measure that prohibits state courts from considering Islamic law, or Shariah, the … Continued

Honor U.S. values and interests: Back religious freedom abroad

Fifteen years ago, on May 14, 1998, U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a landmark effort to promote … Continued

Honor U.S. values and interests: Back religious freedom abroad

As the 9/11 attacks and subsequent atrocities tragically have shown, we cannot count on the containment of violent religious extremism within countries or regions.

Scott Lively gets his day in court

MICHELE SIBILONI AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man looks on December 11, 2012 at an advertising by campaign group Avaaz in the … Continued

My top 10 picks for 2012

Here are my picks for the top 10 religion stories of 2012: 1. Islam dominated the year, with power struggles … Continued

The overreach of Palestinian ‘statehood’ at the United Nations

EPA Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations … Continued

The legal impossibility of limited Palestinian statehood at the U.N.

REUTERS Palestinian women take part in a rally in support of the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to secure … Continued

Evangelicals in U.S. stand with Israel

GETTY IMAGES An Israeli soldier stands on his tank in a deployment area on Nov. 22, 2012 on Israel’s border … Continued

The ‘unbearable lightness’ of voting – for a Palestinian state

REUTERS Palestinian protestors shout slogans in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel’s military operation in Gaza, at … Continued

Vatican walks a fine line on trying to combat blasphemy

VATICAN CITY — Just one week after Pope Benedict XVI ended his successful visit to Lebanon, the country’s most senior … Continued

Arms Trade Treaty designed to curb international violence, says Christian leader

We live in a world where our newspapers and television screens are filled daily with reports of violence from nearly … Continued

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to take divestment vote at General Assembly‎

BAZ RATNER REUTERS A young Jewish settler rides a bicycle in front of the West Bank settlement of Susiya June … Continued

Criminalizing mass-murder: 65 years after the UN’s first condemnation of genocide

On December 11, 1946, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 96 (I) which declared genocide, defined as “a denial … Continued

Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution

Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution … Continued

A Catholic approach to Israel and Palestine?

As the leaders of the Palestinian people prepare to petition for recognition as a nation-state at the United Nations, Catholic … Continued