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COMMENTARY: Old habits die hard

RNS () — I got fitted for a custom-tailored suit this week. Not because I suddenly found a pot of … 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

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ST. PETERS, Mo. — The four-bedroom, two-story modest house sits on a corner in this planned bedroom community, and when … Continued

The Vatican gets interactive: Catholic social media interns talk life behind the tweets

Sean Hudgins and Danielle McMonagle are not the first Villanova students to intern at the Vatican, but they may be … Continued

Papal election is anyone’s to win … or lose

VATICAN CITY — As 115 cardinal-electors solemnly processed into the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday afternoon, with a cry of “Extra … Continued

On debates, Los Angeles rabbi: ‘Each statistic makes my spirit sink’

AP Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra … Continued

Newsweek’s #Muslimrage draws ire, humor

Source: Twitter/Newsweek Newsweek’s cover story featuring angry Muslim men under headline “Muslim Rage” prompted many people to take to social … Continued

Is marriage becoming obsolete? Chat recap

In the wake of a report that showed that the proportion of American adults who are married is at an … Continued

What does the Bible say about sexuality?

By Jennifer Wright Knust Part II: Biblical Sexuality In the Bible, sexuality is a matter of roles, property rights, and … Continued

Julia Roberts is Hindu: Is America ready for a Hindu sweetheart?

By Elizabeth Tenety Julia Roberts has long been called America’s sweetheart. But is America ready for a Hindu sweetheart? The … Continued

Haley, Jindal and America’s new religious litmus test

Last night’s Republican primary runoff in South Carolina plausibly clears the way for Nikki Haley to join Bobby Jindal as … Continued

It’s Trayf!

“Trayf: pronounced TRAYF, to rhyme with ‘safe.’ From the Hebrew teref: ‘torn to pieces.’” –Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish … Continued

Understanding U.S. and world requires “getting religion”

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Holding Our Brothers, Fathers, Sons Accountable

Today’s guest blogger is Abbas Jaffer. Abbas is currently a Muslim Fellow at the Buxton Initiative, a Washington, DC based … Continued

Early Warning System for Xenophobia

Learning from the Danish cartoon crisis of 2006 and the Sudanese teddy bear debacle of 2007, the Dutch are preparing … Continued

Attention Shoppers: Jesus Christ for Sale in Aisle 3

Christians have lost Christmas as a religious holiday and it is not because of political correctness. Christmas sales now drive … Continued

Closet Theocrat

Mitt Romney’s speech was so chock full of buzz words, it was difficult at first to tell if he subscribes … Continued

McCain’s Move: Deplorable But Effective

Arizona Senator John McCain is signaling–with the jerkiest semaphore strokes imaginable–that he wants to own the Conservative Christian wing of … Continued

Is This the Right Question?

“The Man upstairs, if any, will be kind to me. Never mention God to me again.” Our fisherman-neighbor on Cape … Continued