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Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day

Across the globe, religion and belief continue to matter deeply in the lives of people and their cultures. From worship … Continued

Thousands mourn death of Ethiopian Orthodox Church leader

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Orthodox men sing and dance next to the casket bearing the remains of Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox … Continued

Why the world needs faith

There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. The past … Continued

Eastern Orthodox believers hit the streets

By Julia Duin To be on the Mall around noon Monday was to be confronted with a vast crowd of … Continued

Egyptian Muslims act as “human shields” for Coptic Christmas mass

By Ashley Samelson McGuire Muslims protect and greet Orthodox Christians leaving the church where Saturday’s bomb blast took place in … Continued

The secular best and the worst of 2010

I’ve always tried to avoid engaging in the hoary journalistic practice of filling space at the end of December by … Continued

Pew’s religion survey: an attempt to understand faith

By Alan Cooperman (Editor’s note: This post is a response to Jacques Berlinerblau’s critique of the Pew religion survey, which … Continued

Kennedy on church and state: a speech no candidate would make today

Last Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy’s speech on the separation of church and state … Continued

Dissecting Presidential Theology is not an American Tradition

There have now been billions of words (to which On Faith has made a considerable contribution) written about President Obama’s … Continued

Is PR disaster worth it?

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Have you ever fasted?

By Elizabeth Tenety Many of the world’s 1.57 billion Muslims (1.4 million in America) Wednesday began the month-long observance of … Continued

Retired chaplains say ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ protects religious freedoms

A group of 40 retired military chaplains sent a letter Wednesday to President Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates urging … Continued

Religion and U.S. foreign policy

By Leonard Leochair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom It’s early December 2009 and a U.S. Commission on International Religious … Continued

In American foreign policy, why religious freedom matters

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report today – and the news is grim: Millions of … Continued

Orthodox Church leader pushes health care, nonviolence in DC meetings

By Michelle Boorstein Is Orthodox Christianity progressive? To see the spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians making … Continued

D.C.’s Newest Environmental Advocate: The Orthodox Patriarch

By Michelle Boorstein Top U.S. officials will meet this week with an unusual environmental lobbyist: the head of the world … Continued

Vatican welcoming only the right?

This Catholic’s View By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Pope Benedict’s latest initiative toward Anglicans who want to rejoin the Catholic … Continued

America’s secular saboteurs

By Bill DonohuePresident, Catholic League There are many ways cultural nihilists are busy trying to sabotage America these days: multiculturalism … Continued

When Muslims Saved Jews

“As Muslims we welcomed them all. We welcomed them with bread, salt, and our hearts.” We hear many accounts of … Continued

My Russian Orthodox Easter Confusion

By Elina SarkisovaProgram officer, U.S. State Department Saturday night, April 18, will look like any other Saturday night in my … Continued