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Philadelphia Inmates Are Building A Chair For Pope Francis' Visit

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis will have a nice place to sit when he meets with Philadelphia prisoners next month. Inmates in the city's correc...

This Argentine Family Of Six Is Driving From Buenos Aires To Philadelphia To See Pope Francis

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

They packed their bags and embarked on a months-long adventure through the Americas in a Volkswagen van they dubbed Francisca. The final destination? ...

Woman Priest Violently Attacked In New York City

New York Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion

The man who attacked and seriously burned a Queens woman Wednesday night — splashing her in the face with a Drano-like substance — snuck ...

Islamic Call on Climate Appeals to 1.6 Billion Muslims

Yonatan Neril | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

The world's 1.7 billion Muslims do not recognize a unifying religious authority like the Pope. Nevertheless, three Grand Muftis, clerics from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia endorsed the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and spoke at the Symposium.

Italian Priest Offers 'Baby Bonus' Money To Parishioners Who Have Three Or More Kids

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.15.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) A Tuscany priest is offering a baby bonus of more than $2,000 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But there are s...

13 Times Pope Francis Switched Up His Style

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is a man of the people.  Since he was inaugurated in March 2013, he has made bold choices that point to his humility and simplicity:...

Young Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Paint Grim Realities

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.

East Harlem Awaits Pope's Visit To Our Lady Queen Of Angels School

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Millions are expected to flock to the East Coast in the hope of seeing Pope Francis during his September visit to the U.S. Whether t...

These Are The Most Catholic U.S. Cities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

Three U.S. cities tie for most Catholic, with 36 percent of their residents claiming allegiance to the church. New analysis from the the Public R...

CRS Cares for Migrants in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Imagine, for a second, your favorite public park. Now imagine that park as a temporary home to thousands of people fleeing war, violence and poverty.

Catholic Priest Is Reunited With His Unbelievably Cute And Undeniably Adventurous Puppy Dog

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion

A Catholic priest's beloved puppy dog has a new leash on life after being rescued from a drain pipe. Ysolt, an adventurous 8-week-old mastiff nam...

Observations From Below: An Introduction

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

With a name like Bryan Dooley, you can probably guess that I'm Irish. Bryan is a Celtic word meaning strength and nobility or high. I'm going to stick...

Planned Parenthood Attack Campaign: Not Letting the Facts Get in the Way of Your Story

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The trick of a carnival huckster is to distract you with the right hand so you don't see what the left hand is doing. The firestorm over the latest attack on healthcare provider Planned Parenthood is a classic example of how you can manufacture outlandish claims hidden by a mirage of genuine care and concern.

How a Student and a Teacher Became Best Friends, and Then Sisters

Gina Ciliberto | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Gina Ciliberto

Dominican Sisters of Hope Maria Barbera, OP, and Jorene Cieciuch, OP, encounter each other as any two sisters would: hands entwined, kisses on the cheek, both beaming.

20 Confessions Of A Minister's Wife

Rita Davis | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Rita Davis

It's hard to take heed of your husband's monologue when you are still pissed at him for letting the kids eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast.

'A New Start': Pope Francis' Powerful Call to Action on Climate Change

Tom Steyer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Tom Steyer

This truly is a watershed moment in the fight to build a clean energy future for our children and tackle climate change once and for all. In urgent and inspirational language, Pope Francis powerfully implores our leaders to take action on climate change, protect the most vulnerable and secure our children's future.

Climate Change and Religious Unity: Catholics and Jews, Together, Caring for Creation

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

Who could have imagined this moment, when from the pews to the highest leadership levels, there's enthusiastic coordination and concerted action in so many arenas?

Catholic Couple Embraces 'Who Am I to Judge'

Nick Stevens | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Nick Stevens

Deb and Steve Word have recently been praised by many media outlets including CNN, for taking in LGBT homeless youth. But for Word family it was an easy decision. That's why it's hard for them to understand why the Church refuses to help LGBTQ homeless youth in the first place.

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

10 Surefire Ways To Sin During Yoga

Ravishly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy

According to a retired Catholic bishop in Nebraska, practicing yoga is not just a great way to relieve stress and build strength -- it's also "an occasion of serious sin."It might sound ridiculous, but it is so easy to sin during yoga. Here are 10 of the most common yoga sins you might not even know you're committing.

Atonement: Pope Francis and Ecological Sin

Michael P. Murphy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Michael P. Murphy

Topics in ecology and climate change reveal the scope, credibility, and hospitality of Catholic thought in a unique way -- and how Catholic thought can transcend the intellectually lazy ways that we often approach our identity politics.

Inspiring Us All: Pope Francis' Moral Leadership on Climate

Tom Steyer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Tom Steyer

The leader of the Catholic Church has emerged as an outspoken advocate for action on climate, reminding the world's estimated 1.2 billion Catholics -- and so many others -- that we have a moral and spiritual obligation.

Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In a month's time, this country, already so desperate even before the April 25 earthquake and now facing destruction from a second major temblor, will literally be stuck as its roads become slick clay mud.

Making Your Career a Vocation, Not Simply a Job

Thomas M. Mengler | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Thomas M. Mengler

The recently much-maligned liberal arts curriculum, taken seriously, is a ticket not only to a first job after graduation, but to a leadership position in the most challenging professions.

Not 2015 Easter Yet

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

Children in their Sunday best were clutching on beautifully intertwined palm arrangements as they packed into the church compound that also includes the Ahliya School.