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5 things we learned about Pope Francis from his blockbuster interview

RNS () — Pope Francis’ comments this week on everything from gays to abortion (less talk, more mercy), the hierarchy … Continued

Does the U.S. have a moral imperative 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

Natural disasters and climate change

Guarding a neighborhood after the Oklahoma twisters. (Brennan Linsley/AP) Pastor Mark Driscoll, who ministers in Seattle, told a Catalyst gathering … Continued

Only love heals

Behind tall concrete walls and high voltage electric wire fences hides a secret that few lawmakers want to talk about … Continued

Raising the bar of LGBT inclusion within the Jewish world

Jewish tradition teaches that we have a duty to treat all people with dignity and respect (kavod habriyot), as though … Continued

Filmmaker asks whether hell is real, and who goes there

It’s something that has haunted Kevin Miller ever since he became a Christian at age 9 at summer camp: hell. … Continued

For Muslims, birth control is a moral issue

Birth control is a moral issue. Not because the God who created the universe in all its glory and complexity … Continued

Faith vs. Works: Can Gingrich win the evangelical vote?

Charlie Neibergall AP Audience members listen as Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is seen on a video … Continued

A defining moment for US, Egypt and the Middle East

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Having the right vs. the right thing to do

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

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

Allowing illegal immigration is not compassion

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Political, not theological

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

What the Church says to the ‘little ones’

By Robin Darling Youngprofessor of theology, University of Notre Dame A recent catch-phrase among anti-abortion Catholics goes: “What will you … Continued

Pope Benedict’s karma

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

War to spread faith unjust and unholy

According to the Qur’an, there are times when war may be justified. War in self-defense — not preemptive self-defense, but … Continued

Hasan and the proselytization factor

By Mikey WeinsteinPresident and Founder, Military Religious Freedom Foundation As we turn our collective eyes to the tragedies of Fort … Continued

Israeli despair for peace

By Abraham Cooper and Harold BrackmanSimon Wiesenthal Center It may not be fashionable, but just for a moment look through … Continued

Repairing 8 Years of Flawed U.S. Policy

What do you hope to hear from President Obama in his “major speech to the Muslim world” on June 4? … Continued

Priestly Celibacy: A Self-Inflicted Wound

Should the Catholic priesthood be restricted to single, celibate men? Do clergy restrictions based on gender, marital status or sexual … Continued