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Survey: 18 percent of Americans say they have seen a ghost

A ghost decorates a front yard on Admiral Rd. in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 31, 201 QUOTE OF THE DAY … Continued

Pope Francis sends e-mail on Holocaust to American Jewish leader

Pope Francis offers contributes to renewal of Catholic-Jewish relations in the form of a personal e-mail.

COMMENTARY: Every prayer, every breath, a step toward a cure

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church … Continued

The government shutdown and the Golden Rule

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg As we look at the government shutdown, it is reasonable to ask the question: What is … Continued

Anniversary recalls water as sacred source of life

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — As a young Iroquois boy living on the Onondaga Nation, Hickory Edwards paddled, swam, fished and caught … Continued

Young black men are created in the image of God, too

Trayvon Martin was created in the image of God, and should not have been killed. Ever since our culture replaced … Continued

Meditation without God

Critical thinking ranks among the most dearly held values for those of us who are skeptical of religious faith. It’s … Continued

Hiking with Pope Francis

Like many Americans this past holiday weekend, I was exploring the landscape of our great country. And hiking in one … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

Georgetown University not ‘Catholic’?

(Simon Brubaker/THE WASHINGTON POST) Wiliam Blatty, author of The Exorcist and well-known Georgetown alum, recently grabbed media attention when he … Continued

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus': Tribute or Travesty?

Kanye West in concert. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File) Kanye West’s new album, available June 18, is expected to be called … Continued

Dalai Lama wows Maryland crowd, rubs noses with governor

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — His English was terribly broken, and punctuated by sudden fits of giggles. But for nearly an … Continued

At makeshift National Mall graveyard, clergy demand gun control

WASHINGTON — Clergy from California to Connecticut created a makeshift graveyard symbolizing victims of gun violence on the National Mall … Continued

On gay marriage, Supreme Court ponders not ‘if’ but ‘how’

WASHINGTON — Isn’t it remarkable, attorney Ted Olson said after arguing for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court on Tuesday … Continued

After giving up religion, atheists try giving up something else for Lent

What would an “atheist Lent” look like? A group of young nonbelievers are finding out, observing the Christian practice minus … Continued

A woman’s journey out of faith, family and fear

On a summer night in a Western town of flat fields and hazy sunsets, a young woman stood outside a … Continued

Ten Commandments in Texas public schools?

Texas State House representative Phil Stephenson has introduced a resolution calling on all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. … Continued

Unions as a means of protecting human dignity is echoed in Jewish law

GETTY IMAGES Union members hold a sit-in in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol to protest a vote on … Continued

Sci-fi ‘Anomaly’ and the church of popular culture

Recently, writer Harry “Skip” Brittenham and artist Brian Haberlin released their epic science fiction multimedia project “Anomaly” to the delight … Continued

Catholic intensity fades as evangelical devotion surges

After November’s presidential vote, Catholics could cite ample evidence for their renewed political relevance while dispirited evangelicals were left wondering … Continued