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10 Great Summer Reads for Catholics

From Thomas Merton to Shūsaku Endō, these enduring books encapsulate some of the best in religious writing.

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What Is a Saint?

How the diversity of saintly lives reveals multiple paths toward God.

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What transgender people teach us about God, and our humanity

“Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human.” Russell D. … Continued

Barbara Johnson’s Buddhist Catholicism

The story we’ve been covering in recent days about a Maryland priest who refused to give a lesbian Communion at … Continued

Mel Gibson: Religion and the troubled artist

The week’s most lurid headlines hide an interesting question: Is a creator of religious art obligated to maintain the religion’s … Continued

The Dalai Lama on interfaith cooperation

On Sunday, I was privileged to share the stage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at St. John the Divine … Continued

Paducah goes to India

By Eboo Patel and Becca Hartman I started my morning at the corner of Muhammad Ali Blvd. and Thomas Merton … Continued

A quest for happiness and its meaning

By Gretchen Rubinauthor A few years ago, I decided to do a “happiness project.” I spent a year testing the … Continued

Missionaries: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Proof of God Never Stands Still

Q:What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued