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Evangelicals keep the faith with those working for immigration reform

(Reuters/Robert Galbraith) Much of the media coverage of the immigration reform debate has focused on political intrigue: whether there will … Continued

Pope Francis a huge hit with U.S. Catholics (for now)

WASHINGTON — He has been Pope Francis for less than a month, but the keep-it-simple prelate from Argentina is a … Continued

Vatican intrigue is age-old part of papal politics

The Vatican appears rocked by scandalous rumors and resignations just as church leaders must gear up to replace frail Pope … Continued

Retired Los Angeles cardinal punished over abuse revelations

Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has been stripped of his official duties in an unusual public rebuke by his … Continued

Chastened Catholic bishops told they have to reform themselves

BALTIMORE — After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday (Nov. … Continued

‘10 Commandments judge’ Roy Moore wins his old job back

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy Moore, forever known as Alabama’s Ten Commandments judge, has been re-elected chief justice in a triumphant … Continued

‘Mormon moment’ ends with a loss – but Romney’s religion still won

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons in Utah and across the nation were thrilled by the prospect that one of their … Continued

Romney says tax returns would publicize private Mormon tithing

Mitt Romney says in a new interview that one of the reasons he’s distressed about disclosing his tax returns is … Continued

Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic sex abuse cover-up

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced … Continued

Mormons’ love-hate relationship with America

SALT LAKE CITY — As Americans celebrate the nation’s founding, some Mormons may outdo their neighbors in fireworks, fanfare and … Continued

For Mitt Romney and other Mormons, missions are like a ‘refiner’s fire’

At age 19, Mitt Romney was a typical college student, schmoozing about politics, pulling pranks and sneaking away to see … Continued

Philadelphia trial revives Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal dominated the headlines with horrific stories of priests preying on vulnerable … Continued

Will Romney’s Mormonism be a boon or bane to his candidacy?

Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday (May 28), becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political … Continued

Mormonism hurt Mitt Romney in 2008. What about 2012?

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith makes people uneasy. If used against him in the fall presidential election, the negative … Continued

Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of … Continued

Ann Romney ‘stay-at-home mom’ debate: Mormons react

The public dust-up over Ann Romney and stay-home mothers played out in a particular way in Romney’s own community of … Continued

Religious questions for Pa. voter ID law draw fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nothing is sacred about your religion when it comes to getting a state identification card without a … Continued

‘Reverts’ return to their childhood faith

Bruce Boling will celebrate Easter Sunday this weekend among Southern Baptists, just as he did when he prayed at a … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Cuba benefits both Vatican and the Castros

When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, he called for the island nation “to open to the world … Continued

Rick Santorum’s evangelical appeal

As a political scientist who taught for many years in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, I’ve encountered my fair … Continued