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The Contradictions of the Saints

Canonization can stereotype the life of the saint — as it becomes more Christ-like, the rough edges of a saint’s story can be smoothed away.

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Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

The pope, a bishop, and the scandal of wealth

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives to attend the Marian prayer in St. Peter’s square at the Vatican, … Continued

Pope Francis is neither ‘liberal’ nor ‘conservative.’ He’s Catholic.

Born Jorge Bergolgio, he took the papal name of Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, shown behind him … Continued

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A Protestant in praise of the Catholic Church

Like millions of others, I am gratefully stunned by his revolutionary remarks on the Catholic Church’s “obsession” with long-held doctrines on gay people and abortion.

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The Pope Francis effect: 8 ways he’s changing the Catholic Church

So we know by now that Pope Francis is different. But is he changing more than just the tone of … Continued

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Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

Labor Day strikes by fast food workers: Would you like some justice with those fries?

People yell during a protest for better wages for fast food workers in Detroit. (Mario Tama/Getty Images ) The fast … 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

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What Catholic women want

Catholic women leaders see in Pope Francis’s call to action tremendous potential for new conversations about gender in the church and society.