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Religion in Foreign Policy: How to Get it Right

The State Department’s new office sends an important signal that faith-based cooperation is no longer optional — it is essential.

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis, the improbable pop culture icon

RNS () — In the wake of Pope Francis’ triumphant visit to Brazil, writers for the rival National Catholic Register … Continued

Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington’s storm

A tornado warning was in effect over Washington and the rain was coming down in sheets, but the little residential … Continued

ANALYSIS: Where are the Christians on burying Tsarnaev?

BOSTON — Soon after the Boston Marathon bombings, local Christian leaders stepped swiftly into the public eye, convening vigils and … Continued

Catholic bishop tries to explain how a priest ended up in’self-bondage’

After all three Masses on the weekend of Jan. 19-20, parishioners of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springfield, Ill., were … Continued

Don’t deface the anti-Muslim Metro ads

REUTERS Cyrus McGoldrick, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, talks to commuters as they walk by an advertisement … 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

Muslim immigrants at home key to U.S. image abroad

After four years of living in the U.S., Mohamed Jedeh is anxious to return to his native Libya. It irks … Continued

Syria: A horror observed, but is this all the world can do?

STRINGER REUTERS Members of the Free Syrian Army sit and mourn a comrade killed during fighting with government forces in … Continued

Blue Like Jazz: I was Donald Miller

I was Donald Miller. Once upon a time, a lot of us were. Some of us still are. I, too, … Continued

Americans intrigued but wary still of Mormon beliefs

When Mormons call themselves “a peculiar people,” they mean it in the biblical sense — set aside by God, chosen. … Continued

Abortion and thinking Americans

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

The God Vote: Imam Feisal Rauf

By Sam Dinger WATCH: “The core principles of Sharia are analogous to the core principles of the Constitution,” says the … Continued

Joel Osteen: ‘Homosexuality is a sin’

By Elizabeth Tenety Known for his focus on uplifting Christian messages and ability to stay away from controversial social and … Continued

Televangelist investigation: What is a church? Who is a minister? Should the tax man decide?

By David Waters With her trademark purple bible in hand, Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries takes to the stage … Continued

Half of the world cannot go to war

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

What the Most Admired list says about us

By David Waters The 10 men we most admire, according to Gallup, include four U.S. presidents, three world religious leaders, … Continued

Koran-burning pastor, Terry Jones gets my vote

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

Real life faith heroes from 2010

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … 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