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One Issue - Abortion - Should Not Divide Women

Celia Wexler | Posted 01.22.2017 | Religion
Celia Wexler

There has been a lot of attention to the Women's March on Washington and the exclusion by organizers of some pro-life women's groups. A lot of media ...

Meryl Streep Fills In For Bishops

Celia Wexler | Posted 01.10.2017 | Religion
Celia Wexler

What's sad for me is that in this day and age, we have to look to the entertainment industry for moral guidance. They are filling a huge vacuum created by the deafening silence from the leaders of my church, and from other faith leaders.

Christmas Story Sidelines Mary's Humanity

Celia Wexler | Posted 12.24.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Two days before Christmas seemed like the right time to visit Washington's National Gallery and its paintings of nativity scenes spanning the centurie...

It's Not All About The Oil: A Generational Look At Hanukkah

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

It came up this year, with a granddaughter of a bit over two years old, someone who is a real person who can sponge up lines from stories and songs. A...

5 ways to live a more meaningful Christmas

Tomás Insua | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

Giotto di Bondone's Nativity Scene. Source: The Creative Business It's that time of year again. "Quit mindlessly buying junk for your loved ones and ...

Rust Belt Rout: The Forgotten Man (and Woman) Strikes Back

Stephen Seufert | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Stephen Seufert

"These unhappy times call for the building of plans that rest upon the forgotten, the unorganized but the indispensable units of economic power, for p...

Sanctity of Life: A Plea to Catholic Conscience

Mimi Kennedy | Posted 10.17.2016 | Religion
Mimi Kennedy

Please, please, all Catholic women out there who are planning to vote for the GOP presidential ticket because you think Hillary kills babies: harken to the revelation that Trump feels stars have the power to do "anything" they want.

Letter to a Trump Supporter #3: Liberation Theology

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This is the third in my series of "Letters to a Trump Supporter," from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our con...

Pope Sends Clear Message To The Church With New Cardinal Picks

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.10.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis on Sunday promoted 17 Roman Catholic prelates from around the world to the high rank of cardinal, including 13 who are under 80 years old...

When it comes to the environment, it is in giving that countries will receive

Tomás Insua | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

St. Francis depicted in Giotto's 13th-Century painting Predica agli uccelli. Credits: Even the most optimistic among us would not di...

Is Catholic Feminist An Oxymoron?

Celia Wexler | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

Writing this book brought me into contact with dozens of other Catholic women who face similar struggles, but keep their qualms to themselves. It made me realize that I was not alone.

It Is Time to Revisit Church's Stance on Contraception

Celia Wexler | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

In the immortal words of John Oliver, "How is this still a thing?" The "this", in this case, is the Catholic church's official stance on contraceptio...

What Is Prayer?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

All religions, except some forms of Buddhism, recommend prayer. From the Latin precare, which means to beg, prayer is just that: begging, pleading, imploring a God, or some other otherworldly figure, such as a saint.

The Pope, The Patriarch And The Christian World Pray For Climate Justice Today - G20 Leaders Should Take Note

Tomás Insua | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, in a prayer service on the Greek island of L...

Musician Laura Patiño Doesn't Care If You Call Her A Bitch

Katie Tandy | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
Katie Tandy

She is equal parts kitsch and social commentary, her music -- produced with drummer Zander Kagle -- deftly toggling between undeniable rump-shaking rhythms and scathing swipes at what it's like to be a woman in the world, musically and otherwise.

A World Youth Day to Remember, And Not Just For Young People

Tomás Insua | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

Young Catholics pledge to put the Pope's ecology Encyclical into practice at the first World Youth Day since its release. Photo credits: Bogusz Bilews...

Shifting The Lens: Just Peace And Nonviolence

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
Eli S. McCarthy

Drawing on the recent Vatican conference I humbly suggest that the Catholic Church should embody Gospel nonviolence by articulating an explicit Just Peace approach with specific criteria, virtues, and practices to be more faithful to Jesus and better build just peace.

The 'Loser Terrorists'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The inspiration of many of today's terrorists is to achieve name recognition or even re-branding from loser to terrorist.

"Lily Of The Mohawks" Became First Native American Saint 332 Years After Her Death | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion

OurPaths is a place to celebrate life. Join us. Catherine Tekakwitha, known as the "Lily of the Mohawks" for her beauty and healing powers, was the ...

I Was Raised Both Muslim And Christian

Amaryllis Puspabening | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Amaryllis Puspabening

I live in a proudly non-secular Asian country. Here, our religion is an integral part of our identity. It is something people would bring up in a casu...

A Year On, Has The Pope's Encyclical Changed Anything?

Tomás Insua | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

The Encyclical remains a text that inspires and provokes, simultaneously forcing us to question our behavior- our excessive consumerism powered by polluting energy sources that contribute to climate change - and empowering us to swap our habits for new, more sustainable and more fulfilling ways of living.

Teaching Your Child About Jesus With the Help of a Nun

Lis Luwia | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Lis Luwia

What do you imagine the life of a nun looks like? As a child, you might have imagined the lifestyle of a cloistered nun to be similar to Julie Andrews' whimsical life in the abbey in the Sound of Music. Basically, your definition of a cloistered nun would include a lot of praying, singing, and helping each other out.

Walls and Bosnia 24 Years After?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

This is not just about Bosnia but rather the reactionary appeal of nationalism, populism and manifestations of walls, physical and psychological.

Faith, Hope and Medical Technology Still Strong in Boston

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Ray Flynn

Sometimes we can be our own worst critics! I can't tell you how often I've heard people say that fewer Catholics attend Church anymore.

Gay Republican Who Confronted Ted Cruz: Here's My Take

Todd Calongne | Posted 04.22.2017 | Queer Voices
Todd Calongne

I worry that his version of "religious freedom" only protects the religious right, but does not protect me, nor my husband, and certainly not most Americans.