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COMMENTARY: The Olympics are coming. Whoopee.

RNS () — I suffer from a severe case of “Olympicitis,” a disease causing an incurable abhorrence of the international … 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

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

Sin in Syria

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

What’s at stake in Syria response? Human life and America’s credibility.

Free Syrian Army fighters taking cover as they prepare to join an attack on a Syrian Army base in Damascus … Continued

Catholic bishop stumps for the GOP. Why?

(TONY GENTILE/REUTERS ) Catholic bishops have their party affiliations just like other Americans. Bishops also have the right to be … Continued

Making Islamic sense of free speech

While many celebrated the winter holidays, news broke of the arrest in Saudi Arabia of liberal writer Turki Al Hamad … Continued

The Antichrist next door

Proximity to a target often removes its appeal, especially when antichrists are involved. Perhaps Michele Bachmann dissed her Lutheran denomination’s … Continued

Peace begins in the gay-friendly home

VINCENZO PINTO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead an ordination mass at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican … Continued

Mindfulness and Kwanzaa

Mark Gail WASHINGTON POST William Ross, 10, lights the candle representing the Kwanzaa principle Nia (purpose) during the annual holiday … Continued

Does love last longer in arranged marriages?

NEW YORK — Elke Thompson and Sam Quinn got engaged the old-fashioned way: their parents arranged it. Quinn, 23, a … Continued

‘Dominionism’ beliefs among conservative Christians overblown

Here we go again. The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the … Continued

Panelist: A global faith

“Let your vision be world-embracing, rather than confined to your own self.” This statement of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the … Continued

Strategic mutual sincerity

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Nobel inspiration: Albert Schweitzer

While I was sorting old books from my father’s library, a yellowed envelope tumbled out. It was a letter I … Continued

The cosmic dance of Obama-Raja on Newsweek

By Pankaj Jain A recent issue of Newsweek has on its cover page President Barack Obama in the cosmic dance … Continued

Faith and development: exploring the link

By Katherine Marshall The trains run exactly on time in Switzerland, and when it snowed in Bern last week the … Continued

“Blessed are the peacemakers,” and that includes you, Mr. President

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

Is nothing sacred? Playing politics with nuclear arms reduction

Faith communities have been nearly unanimous for decades about the moral imperative to reduce the nuclear weapons arsenals of the … Continued

Religious and secular entitlement plus stupidity in the Middle East

Q: In a statement Monday, Vice President Biden said the U.S. is consulting with other nations “on new ways to … Continued