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Excerpts from Pope Francis’ explosive new interview

RNS () — In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number … Continued

ISO leaders who can act like grown-ups

I just spent a wonderful and encouraging weekend with a church leadership team from Reisterstown, Md. I came away filled … Continued

The seductions of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Jonathan Olley AP This photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of … Continued

Pakistan probes alleged Hindu exodus to India

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed a three-member Senate committee to look into reports that nearly 250 Hindus have … Continued

The elephant in the GOP? Mormonism.

Prejudice against Mormonism may be an unexpected factor in Romney’s electoral hopes.

Vatican official calls for stronger protection for conscientious objection

VATICAN CITY — A senior Vatican official on Tuesday (April 17) called for stronger protection for conscientious objection for both … Continued

Michigan anti-bullying law protects religious bullies

After long debates and tortuous negotiations, the state of Michigan passed anti-bullying legislation, which on the face of it, should … Continued

A British lesson in combatting extremism

By H.A. Hellyer Learning lessons is always hard – especially when you’re in a higher position of power than everyone … Continued

Like Sikhs, Obama also mistaken for a Muslim

By Rajdeep Singh The failure of President Obama to visit Darbar Sahib (commonly known as the Golden Temple) during his … Continued

Debate over president’s faith is distracting

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

Mixed marriage inevitable and desirable in a pluralistic society

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Religion and U.S. foreign policy

By Leonard Leochair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom It’s early December 2009 and a U.S. Commission on International Religious … Continued

Health care for life and for all

By Bishop William F. Murphy, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and Bishop John Wester For decades, the United States Catholic bishops have … Continued

Sanford and Edwards: Sex, lies and American unreason

There are times when the preoccupation of the media with memoirists ranging from pious self-aggrandizers to the scum of the … Continued

Catholic bishops too powerful?

By Jon O’BrienPresident, Catholics for Choice It’s rarely a pretty sight when the internal workings of the political process in … Continued

Politics of health care ‘reform’ can make you sick

By Sister Mary Ann WalshU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic bishops have urged the government to reform our ailing health … Continued

Health Care Too Great a Good for Caesar

Health-care reform is an economic, political and medical issue. But On Faith panelist and evangelical leader Jim Wallis says it’s … Continued

Catholic Bishops Weigh In on Health-Care Reform

By Jacqueline L. Salmon The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which has been relatively silent publicly on health-care reform … Continued

One Voice for a Two-State Solution

By Darya ShaikhExecutive Director, PeaceWorks Foundation President Obama’s speech in Cairo on Thursday did not do a number of things: … Continued

A Religious Obligation To Help All Those Suffering — Not Just The Poor

The first question of the Bible is not Cain’s question to God: Am I my brother’s keeper? Rather, it is … Continued