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No government shutdown: A biblical case for government

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Good government is not the enemy of the people, either in the Bible, or today in … Continued

Minister-turned-atheist Teresa MacBain loses Harvard job after inflating resume

AUSTIN, Texas — A former United Methodist minister-turned-atheist was dismissed from her high-profile position at Harvard University on Thursday after … Continued

ANALYSIS: Are the media giving Pope Francis a pass?

VATICAN CITY — Are the media pulling their punches when it comes to Pope Francis? Whether it’s because he carries … Continued

Pope to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII in April

ROME — Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014, the Vatican … 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

At the United Nations, the Vatican is Church and State. That Needs to Change.

In order for the pope’s new turn to have an impact, the UN must start by recognizing that the Holy See is not a state and should have no greater representation than any other religion.

Coming Out As Transgender and Christian

Last week an Azusa professor revealed that he is a transgender person who is going through a divorce from as he seeks a legal name change and gender transition.

Pope Francis and the church’s new attitude

“Five years ago, I would have been afraid of saying anything like what the pope said in his [recent] interview,” says … Continued

Pope Francis to announce date when popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints

Pope Francis is expected Monday to announce the date when he will make saints of two of contemporary Catholicism’s most … Continued

Iran’s president speaks of religious ‘tolerance,’ now is time for action: Free American Pastor Saeed Abedini

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

Conservatives promote House bill to protect opponents of gay marriage

WASHINGTON — Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — … Continued

Assault on professor part of wave of attacks on Sikhs, Muslims, others

RNS () — Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday (Sept. 21), a Muslim woman was attacked … Continued

Catholic chaplains given marching orders barring service to gay couples

RNS () — Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed … Continued

After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

WASHINGTON — After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States … Continued

5 faith facts on religion in Syria

Women chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Idlib in northern Syria. (Rodrigo Abd — AP) Syria has been embroiled … Continued

For Iran’s Rouhani, the Human Rights of Baha’is Are the Ultimate Test of Reform

In Iran, Baha’is are regularly imprisoned and even executed for practicing their faith.

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ exhibit probes the spirituality of everyday chaos

WASHINGTON — Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of everyday life … Continued

Benedict XVI emerges to defend his record on sexual abuse

ROME — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, responding to a noted atheist mathematician and philosopher who had criticized his handling of … Continued

Pope Francis names assisting bishop for troubled Newark, N.J., archdiocese

NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis on Tuesday (Sept. 24) named a partner to Archbishop John J. Myers to govern the … Continued

Syrian Christians may get pulled into civil war

ISTANBUL — A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of … Continued