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Bill Maher and Howard Stern Are Still Invited to Dinner; RSVP Required

Larry Ross | Posted 11.29.2015 | Religion
Larry Ross

A funny thing happened while recently flipping channels and tuning in to the middle of Stephen Colbert's Late Show interview with guest Bill Maher. ...

How Does a Catholic Prepare for Christmas?

Amylynn Smith | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Amylynn Smith

Most people know when Catholics begin the season of Lent because we are walking around the world with ashes on our foreheads, but how do you know we have started the season of Advent? You will know us by our behavior, at least we hope!

Five Things an 87-Year-Old Nun Taught Me About Living Life to the Fullest

John Schlimm | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
John Schlimm

There is a beautiful interplay between the old and the young. Lessons exchanged. Inspiration shared. Secrets and miracles handed from one to the other. This relationship is what sustains the cycle of life, and propels the world forward.

One of the Nation's Largest Catholic Hospital Systems Says It Can Deny Women Emergency Care Because of Its Religious Affiliation

Brigitte Amiri | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Brigitte Amiri

I suppose it shouldn't really have come as a surprise. But there it was in black and white in a recent court document: Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems, saying that because of religious exemption laws, its Catholic affiliation allows it to violate the law and refuse to provide pregnant women with emergency medical care.

Without Nostra Aetate, I Wouldn't Be Catholic

Jordan Denari | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

If I had never encountered a five-paragraph document, with a Latin title, written 50 years ago, it is very unlikely that I would still be Catholic today.

Making Gay Okay at the Vatican Synod

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Dr. Anne Hendershott

No one -- including Catholic leaders -- want to return to the days when homosexuals were feared and stigmatized. It was a time when homosexuality was viewed as a problem so profound that it affected the total personality.

South Sudanese Find New Hope in Education

Christian Fuchs | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

"I was born in war, I went to school during war, I got married during war, I raised my six children during war and now I am growing old and raising gr...

What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

These Young Nuns Found Their Calling While Watching 'Oprah'

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.20.2015 | OWN

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Chicago Archbishop Questions Second Amendment's Relevance, Calls For Tough Gun Control Laws

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, named by Pope Francis to that high-profile post a year ago, has issued a powerful call for tougher gun ...

Pope Francis's Visit Stirs Up Strong Memories

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.05.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

For those of us Catholic Baby Boomers who grew up during the 1960s, the church was about more than religion. It was like an extended family and cultural identity.

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

It's All So Calculated: Kim Davis and The Pope

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Non-Catholics need to recognize that the "breath of fresh air" pope presides over a misogynist and homophobic hierarchy and is doing little to change that. Catholics need to know that there is one way to make change in the leadership of the church: cash.

What I Hope We Learn From the Pope: A 30-Something's Reflection on Catholicism

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Kristy L. Moore

My generation of Catholics has seen a lot of decline. The memories I have of a neighborhood bursting at the seams with Catholic parishes, participating parishioners, priests, nuns, students, service groups and athletic teams seems like a distant dream.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Transforming Memories of Rejection and Bullying While Performing on 'East Los High'

Karen Anzoategui | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen Anzoategui

Now, here I am on set... walking the hallways, proud and out and queer at East Los High and my peers accept me for who I am.

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Diane Silver "Sacrament" at Coagula Curatorial, Abstracting Religion Down to the Bones

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Using a limited palate with plaster, bone, wax, ink and hemp, Silver moves herself and the viewer through the Seven Sacraments in a meditative series of large scale canvases.

Pope Francis: A Spokesman for Our Planet

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When Francis speaks to Congress and the United Nations this week, as he did in Havana recently, this call for all of us to be responsible will no doubt be a part of his message to this country. And the timing is perfect.

Get Wevorced, in Good Faith

Michelle Crosby | Posted 09.16.2015 | Divorce
Michelle Crosby

Pope Francis announced cardinal changes to the church's annulment procedure last week, making it easier and cheaper for Catholics to dissolve a marriage.

In Cuba, Pope Francis Will Find That Catholicism And Santeria Are Closely Linked

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.14.2015 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Raisa Valdivia Hernandez is a passionate Catholic who regularly attends Mass. But she is also a "santera," a practitioner of the Y...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXX

Alan Black | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Condoms on the bar floor everywhere. An Irish tourist is blowing them up like balloons, while his mate makes armpit farts and I think of James Joyce and how he liked to talk dirty about his wife's gas leaks.

Cuba To Release 3,522 Prisoners Ahead Of Pope Francis' Visit

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's highest authority says it is releasing 3,522 prisoners ahead of next week's visit to the island by Pope Francis, the third...

Why Going To Church Was A Painful Experience For This Teenage Introvert

The Quiet Revolution | Eden Kennedy | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

As a quiet toddler in 1967 suburban Denver, I didn’t mind an hour in church once a week. It was mostly a chance to wear my special clothes—I remem...

The Extraordinary Sacred Sites Where People Have Seen Visions Of The Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Sightings of the Virgin Mary can happen in the unlikeliest places. Some people encounter her high in the mountains of the French Alps, while others fi...