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The remarkable power of the charisma pope

Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day. (Mario Tama/GETTY IMAGES ) While much of the public … Continued

New biography to present a less “zealous” Jesus

Jay Parini’s “Jesus” (Amazon) will be the first in a new series of biographies called “Icons,” starting in December. Last … Continued

The Catholic Health Association v. the bishops v. Obama

Last week, the Obama administration published its final guidelines for contraception coverage by insurers, putting what should be closure on … Continued

Cancer diagnosis gives second life to Carman’s music career

When Christian music veteran Carman found out on Valentine’s Day that he had terminal cancer, he thought God just might … Continued

Episcopal churches: Short on politics, sexuality debates and long on Jesus

AP Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Washington’s first female and ninth Episcopal Bishop, smiles during her consecration service at the Washington … Continued

Anglicans celebrate Book of Common Prayer’s 350th

CANTERBURY, England — “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” ‘’All the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil.” … Continued

Do atheists have anything to learn from religion?

Stripped of its supernatural elements, does religion have anything to offer atheists? What can nonbelievers borrow from the organizations, practices … Continued

‘Blue Like Jazz’ films aims to be Christian, not ‘cheesy’

Do not confuse the upcoming film “Blue Like Jazz” with Christian market movies like “Fireproof” or “Courageous.” “A Christian movie … Continued

In defense of the Catholic Church

Among many mistaken claims that have been made in the last few weeks, one is that according to many in … Continued

Michele Bachmann: Biblical submission and servant leadership

Crouse writes as part of our roundtable on Christian women’s leadership, an expert discussion featured in parallel with On Faith’s … Continued

Freedom is universal

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Obama and the redistribution of wealth

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 7, … Continued

Without secular government, there is no religious freedom

To end the old year and begin the new, there is more entirely predictable bad news from the world of … 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

Was Muhammad an Advent prophet?

Advent celebrates the scriptural words prophesizing the coming of the Lord. But should we Catholics also include the Muslim Prophet … Continued

Pope Benedict: what the media left out

By Rev. Robert Barron Over a period of about 15 years, in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the German journalist … Continued

Justice for Veterans and the Vulnerable

By Bruce EpperlyLancaster Theological Seminary, and Contributor to There is a long-standing discussion about the role of the secular … Continued

Follow Jesus’ example on how to break down barriers

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Should secularism be taught in public schools?

By Nancy Pearcey “Communism has taken over the stage at the Los Angeles Opera,” exults The People’s World. The opera … Continued

Solace Without the Supernatural

By Jennifer Michael HechtAuthor, poet, professor, and Contributor to In the years since I published Doubt: A History in … Continued