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Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Sister Act: That Time My Mom Thought She Was a Nun

Ashley Allen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Ashley Allen

My mom had been raised Catholic but in the years since divorcing my dad (and also apparently after having a night of steamy baby-making with a mystery man), she had become a born-again Catholic.

Losing My Religion

Ashley Allen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Ashley Allen

My relationship with God has always been, um, complicated. When you grow up with a mom who frequently converses with God, and those conversations often lead her to pack up all your stuff and move somewhere overnight, you might occasionally want to give God the finger.

Pope of Paradox

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

What are we to make of Pope Francis so far? Is he a cautious reformer? A fence straddler? A middle of the road compromiser trying to please everyone all around?

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Pope Francis And The Preferential Option For The Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Between losses to charismatic Protestantism and a growing number of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among the region's impoverished youth, Catholicism in Latin America finds itself at a critical juncture. New Evangelization will thus most likely become the focal point of Pope Francis' papacy.