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Suzan Johnson Cook to resign as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is … Continued

Religion news in brief

Evangelist Billy Graham turns 95 next month NEW YORK — A major celebration is planned next month for the 95th … Continued

‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

COMMENTARY: Every prayer, every breath, a step toward a cure

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — One morning each week, I ascend the outdoor staircase on the side of our little church … Continued

Mainline Protestants: Vintage or vibrant?

WASHINGTON — Who are the mainline Protestants today? Vintage Protestants? The VPCC — Vanishing Progressive Christian Church? The Legacy Church? … Continued

The 8 immoral ways the government shutdown is hurting the needy

Grocery bags loaded with food from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, … Continued

Long an oasis of Christian-Muslim calm, Kenya may see more strife

NAIROBI, Kenya — While the smoke that hung over the Westgate Shopping Mall has dissipated, a quiet tension still lingers … Continued

COMMENTARY: Does refusal to wear a skullcap signal disrespect?

RNS () — Last week, the Greek prime minister got dinged for showing insufficient respect for Judaism. It’s possible his … Continued

Malaysian court: Only Muslims can use the word ‘Allah’

RNS () — A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the … Continued

The Values Voter Summit Doesn’t Own God

I cringe as I listen to speeches invoking God’s name on behalf of political agendas.

Brazil tries to combat religious intolerance of minority faiths

RIO DE JANEIRO — The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in … Continued

Conservative Judaism turns 100 and works to reverse its decline

RNS () — For those who care deeply about passing on Judaism to future generations, a new, exhaustive study on … Continued

The 12 best Catholic quips from Stephen Colbert, the ‘pope of basic cable’

NEW YORK — This time last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was taking fire from his right flank for inviting President … Continued

Vatican urges a slowdown in the rush to reform

ROME — Pope Francis has earned headlines worldwide with his reform-minded comments on any number of topics, from the church … Continued

How to counter violent extremism

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

Religious liberty takes center stage in diplomacy with Iran

AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool — AP photo Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United … Continued

Religious groups feel the pinch of government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and … Continued

Water initiatives get congregations to pledge to conserve

RNS () — At an interfaith summer camp in northern New Jersey, two dozen children explored a swamp to learn … Continued

Salam and salutation to Pope Francis

Pope Francis (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The iconic spiritual leaders of our time took decades of struggle and growth … Continued

Is God’s Existence Beside the Point?

In order to let an idea change you, you have to be willing to let go of certain previous ways of thinking. You have to step into a frightening unknown.