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Jaweed Kaleem
Jaweed Kaleem is The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Reporter. He also writes about death, dying, grief and the end of life.

Jaweed focuses on how religious views and practices intersect with and influence the cultural, demographic and political shifts taking place in the American and global religious landscapes. He has written extensively on the Roman Catholic church, evangelical Christians, Mormonism and Muslim Americans. His reporting has taken him from Jakarta to Karachi with stops in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2015, the New York Press Club awarded Jaweed its first-place prize in online feature writing for his reporting on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. The American Academy of Religion has recognized Jaweed's reporting on "Death in America" and his "Faith Shift" series on the changing faces of American religion among its top citations in religion reporting. Both series were also recognized by the Religion Newswriters Association and the Religion Communicators Council. In 2014, the Society for Features Journalism and the New York Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Jaweed for his reporting on death and American funeral traditions.

Jaweed was a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in 2014, during which reported on Islam in Indonesia. In 2013, he was a Henry Luce Fellow in Global Religion at the International Center for Journalists.

Prior to HuffPost, Jaweed was a religion and general assignment reporter for The Miami Herald. As a Herald reporter, he was part of a breaking news team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

Jaweed can be reached at or 212-206-4495. Follow him on Twitter @jaweedkaleem.

Entries by Jaweed Kaleem

Before Meeting Kim Davis, Pope Met With His Gay Friend In Washington

(7) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Pope Francis privately met with a gay couple last week while visiting Washington, D.C., according to several news reports Friday.

Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine-American caterer who lives in the Washington area and is a former student of the pope’s, met with Francis at the Apostolic...

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Pope Offers Classic Sunday Sermon To Move The Faithful On Last Day In U.S.

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 2:42 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis celebrated a final Mass with hundreds of thousands of joyful Catholics assembled on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, offering a classic Sunday sermon-style address to stir the enthusiasm of the faithful.

On the last night of his six-day visit to the United States, the pope urged the...

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Pope Francis' Remarks To Inmates At Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (Full Transcript)

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 11:00 AM

As released by the Vatican.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for receiving me and giving me the opportunity to be here with you and to share this time in your lives. It is a difficult time, one full of struggles. I know it is a painful time not only...

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Pope Francis Speaks To Bishops On Gay Marriage And Families In Philadelphia

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 9:12 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis -- who has largely avoided directly speaking of controversies over LGBT rights despite heavy lobbying from conservative and liberal Catholics -- made his most concrete reference to gay marriages that are now legal on American soil when he spoke Sunday morning to bishops gathered at St....

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At Philly's Independence Mall, Pope Francis Offers His Definition Of Religious Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 4:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis addressed thousands of people gathered at Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall on Saturday afternoon, just feet away from the building where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were adopted. In his speech, the pope tied America's founding to the cause of religious freedom, championing diversity and...

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The Secret To How Pope Francis Keeps His Hectic Travel Schedule

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Four days into his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis has kept a whirlwind schedule of events in Washington and New York, with throngs of cheering crowds everywhere he goes and cameras watching his every move.

Frequently smiling, the 78-year-old pontiff has met with world...

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Pope Francis' Reflection At 9/11 Memorial And Museum (Full Transcript)

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 11:34 AM

As released by the Vatican.

Dear Friends,

I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing towards that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell...

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Pope Francis' Address To The United Nations General Assembly (Full Transcript)

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:32 AM

As released by the Vatican.

Mr President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for your kind words.  Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations.  In my own name, and that...

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Pope Francis' Speech To Congress Didn't Mention Abortion, Gay Marriage By Name

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 10:27 AM

During his historic speech at a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis hit upon a variety of issues that have defined the Catholic church: protecting the environment, helping the poor, addressing the plight of immigrants, abolishing the death penalty and taking a stand against...

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Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra As The Newest Catholic Saint

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 2:27 PM

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Junipero Serra, an 18th-century Spanish Franciscan priest who created the first Catholic missions in California in 1769 and is credited with ushering in Catholicism in a region that today has become one of the religion's strongholds in the United States.

A crowd of...

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Pope Francis Lands Near Washington For First Trip To The United States

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Pope Francis arrived Tuesday at Joint Base Andrews, marking the beginning of his first trip to the United States. 

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Meet The Philadelphia Nun Inspired By Pope Francis To Stamp Out Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:40 PM

A little over a year ago, Sister Mary Scullion received an unexpected call from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The church, she was told, was making plans for the World Meeting of Families -- the international Catholic festival that Pope Francis will visit in the city this week --...

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Why The Berggruen Philosophy And Culture Center Aims For The Big Questions

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:30 PM

There’s no shortage of thinkers, academics, artists and activists working on some of the world's biggest issues -- poverty, war, economic and political instability, to name a few. But to Nicolas Berggruen, much of that intellectual work either fails to escape cultural, geographic, linguistic or professional silos or...

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Who Will Join Pope Francis In Cuba, On The Importance Of Reconciliation

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 1:05 PM

When Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski lands in Havana on Friday with 150 Catholic American pilgrims, it will be his third time on the island for a papal visit and one of dozens of trips the archbishop has made to Cuba over 17 years.

Wenski, who leads South Florida's...

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Ahead Of Pope's U.S. Visit, Survey Finds Many Catholics Disagree With Church On LGBT Families

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Just weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families, a major international Catholic festival that kicks off Sept. 21 in Philadelphia, a new survey shows that many Catholics are widely more accepting than church hierarchy of families led by parents...

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What 4 Top Catholic Archbishops Expect From The Pope's Visit

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 4:18 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- With just weeks to go until Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States, several of the top leaders of the American Catholic church say they are ready to be surprised.

Speaking in Philadelphia over the weekend at the annual...

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YouTube's Battle Against ISIS

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 1:53 PM

On a Thursday night late last fall, after leaving the Manhattan office where he works as a digital products specialist, Aman Ali -- a well-known comedian in American Muslim circles -- received an unusual email from YouTube.

“We need you,” read the note, which invited Ali to...

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100 Women Will Walk 100 Miles To Inspire Pope Francis To Keep Talking About Immigration

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 9:53 AM

After her husband was arrested in late 2013 for being an undocumented immigrant and locked up for five months in Pennsylvania’s York County Prison, Pilar Molina decided it was time to go to Mass. Every Tuesday morning, Molina, a Mexican-American mother of two, would arrive at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church...

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United Church Of Christ Takes A Stand On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict With Divestment Vote

(132) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:35 PM

The United Church of Christ on Tuesday voted to divest from companies that it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands.

The move passed 508-124 with 38 abstentions at the church’s General Synod meeting in Cleveland. It instructs the church, which has nearly a million members, to divest from...

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South Carolina Lutheran Pastor: Dylann Roof Was Church Member, His Family Prays For Victims

(207) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:46 PM

As details surface about Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man who has been charged with the murder of nine people after a brutal church shooting spree Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, a faint portrait of his religious background is emerging.

Roof, who reportedly sat in a Bible study...

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