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In picking successor, Vatican must decide what’s needed in a 21st-century pope

For centuries, the job of a pope was a relatively manageable affair. Candidates were largely Italian, the flock Western. One … Continued

From nuns to ‘nones,’ 10 ways religion shaped the news in 2012

WASHINGTON — From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in … Continued

U-Va. sociology professor: Parenting in red, blue and purple America

BLOOMBERG President Obama looks over the crowd as he prepares to leave the stage after making an acceptance speech during … Continued

Mitt, Mormons, and the religious test that wasn’t

Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying political pundits this week is one historic statistic that may have far-reaching … Continued

Oregon may be next state for gay marriage ballot battle

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three states made history Tuesday (Nov. 6) voting to approve same-sex marriage, and a fourth repudiated an … Continued

‘Nuns on the bus’ leader: Power to the people – below the poverty line

AP Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, speaks during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns … Continued

Looking for an undecided voter? Check the pulpit

Pollsters and politicians hunting for the rare and elusive undecided voter might want to train their sights on the pulpit. … Continued

Farrakhan inspires crowd at Bowie State

Hamil R. Harris The Washington Post Minister Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader, speaking at Bowie State University, on Oct. … Continued

After a year of exile, anti-abortion priest Frank Pavone is back

NEW YORK — A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis in the unlikeliest of places. … Continued

The presidential debates: Religion? Anyone?

Marvin Joseph/The Post and Melina Mara/The Post President Barack attends a campaign event at Bowling Green State University in Bowling … Continued

Romney’s play-it-safe speech

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of … Continued

Ryan pick sparks outpouring of reaction

GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney left jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) after announcing him … Continued

Mormons: An all-American success story?

CJ GUNTHER CJ GUNTHER The Boston Temple, Church of the Latter Day Saints in Belmont Massachusetts 18 Nov. 2011. It … Continued

Key Catholic Obama ally shifts position, opposes contraception mandate

The White House has lost perhaps its most prominent Catholic ally in its controversial effort to expand contraception coverage, with … Continued

Analysis: The unexpected evangelical silence on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism

Now that Mitt Romney has sewn up the Republican nomination, the GOP can move beyond a tumultuous primary season. But … Continued

Black Mormons face a political choice like no other

SALT LAKE CITY — Twenty years ago, who would have predicted the 2012 U.S. presidential race would pit a black … Continued

Mitt Romney’s Mormon milestone

View Photo Gallery: “The Mormon story is a quintessentially American tale,” writes On Faith columnist Lisa Miller. I’m feeling almost giddy, … Continued

In Egypt, electing the future of Islam

MAHMUD HAMS AFP/GETTY IMAGES Egyptians wait in a queue outside a polling station in Cairo on May 23, 2012 during … Continued

Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright’s message for young Christians

Chip Somodevilla GETTY IMAGES Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, addresses … Continued

Is Romney’s ‘secrecy’ a Mormon reference?

Senior adviser to the Obama campaign, David Axelrod, has pledged to make a campaign issue out of what Mr. Axelrod … Continued