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Pope Francis embraces disfigured man in St. Peter’s Square

The image worth a thousand words.

Oprah interview stirs debate: What is an atheist?

RNS () — What was supposed to be a touchy-feely, one-on-one interview by Oprah Winfrey with long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad … Continued

Hollywood’s depiction of nuns a case of ‘Veiled Desires’

RNS () — From Julie Andrews’ performance as Maria in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music” to Meryl Streep’s … Continued

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The missing message in today’s churches

The hub of Christianity is not “do something for Jesus.” The hub of Christianity is “Jesus has done everything for you.” And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our “do more, try harder” sermons and pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of the Christian faith is the work that we do instead of the work God has done for us in the person of Jesus.

Lost on the hajj? There’s an app for that

RNS () — The hajj can be a grueling journey, full of physical and mental demands. With 3 million pilgrims … Continued

Asian-Americans troubled by stereotypes from white evangelicals

RNS () — Asian-American Christians are voicing concerns over how they’re depicted by white evangelicals, most recently at a conference … Continued

Why faith matters in foreign policy

Belief is a habit of mind that reckons possibilities. It is a faith that fires an alchemy that transforms possibility … Continued

For Iran’s Rouhani, the human rights of Baha’is are the ultimate test of reform

Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani at a June 17 news conference in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP ) Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the … Continued

COMMENTARY: The day the buzz died

NEW YORK — I have noticed something eerie recently. I walk past Best Buy on Fifth Avenue and feel no … Continued

Twitter and tragedy: A revamped American religious experience

BOSTON — On my first Patriots’ Day in Boston, I was enjoying lunch with several colleagues when someone rushed into … Continued