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What Do Blank Paintings Mean, Starting With Yves Klein

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

There's seemingly nothing to be seen in or on them except for one color (or white or black) and some texture, maybe.

Grim Cancer Diagnosis Couldn't Stop This Man From Fulfilling His Childhood Dream Of Becoming A Priest

Catholic News Service | Rick Musacchio | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption ...

The Chagrin of Omissive Sin

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Now it's easy to not do harm by others by leaving them alone, but are we committing the sin of omission? It's a difficult question, one I can't answer for anyone but myself.

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Help Save My Vocation

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

I ask you to instruct the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to tell Catholic institutions not to fire any more LGBTQ Catholics. I ask you to speak out against laws that criminalize and oppress LGBTQ people around the globe. These actions would bring true life to your statement "Whom am I to judge?"

North Korea's Christians

Doug Wallack | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Doug Wallack

With the conclusion of the Pope's visit on Monday, we would do well to remember those in North Korea who to this day suffer religious persecution in silence.

Stripped: The Culling Aspect of a Catholic Conversion

Nancy Kotting | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Nancy Kotting

Virtually all that I thought I held dear, as the cornerstones that defined my life, were stripped. I will not deny it: The relentless culling often left me physically riveted in fear, broaching terror, paralyzed in my own mind and cast deep into an internal silence.

Losing My Religion

Ashley Allen | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

On My Excommunication

Kelly Kultala | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Kelly Kultala

Last week the Republican Party county chair called for me to be excommunicated because I am a pro-choice Catholic. I refuse to sit by silently and allow the faith I grew up with to be hijacked by a crowd that believes they have the dominion to judge whether others are faithful enough or Catholic enough.

The Pope's High-Five

James Robison | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
James Robison

In John 17, Jesus said, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in m...

Salvaging Lives

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is devoted to motherhood. As a nun in the order of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, she lives and works in Queens, running the organization she founded, Hour Children, to serve as a halfway house for women emerging from prison.

Lydia O'Connor

San Francisco Archbishop Prompts Outrage With Plans To Join Anti-Gay Rally

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

The archbishop of America’s most liberal city is scheduled to speak at a massive anti-gay rally later this month, prompting more than 80 political a...

Blame it on Rio, or Sarajevo?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

War more likely in the Balkans or sex in Brazil, turned into an unexpected UN Security Council debate. Is promiscuity for conflict, sex or soccer something embedded in our genes, culture or environment? Some stereotypes perhaps are better, or more accurately less harmful, but in the end they become a hurdle.

Ellen the DeGenerate

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.29.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! If, like us, you are the beneficiary of a primary Catholic school education...

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope Francis' Pilgrimage To The Holy Land Could Be A Turning Point In Christian-Muslim Relations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

For the past week, it's all that Khaldoun Barghouti, a resident of Ramallah in the West Bank, has seen on TV, heard on the radio and read when he logs...

Women as Change Agents in the Ongoing Life of the Church

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

A former Roman Catholic nun, a friend of mine, is now an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles. Anne Tumilty is rector of St. James' Church, South Pasadena. Years ago we interacted without quite realizing it.

How a Conservative Catholic Girl Became a Producer on a Gay Web Series

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Kit Williamson

I'm still a radical, political queer and Kristyne is still a conservative, Catholic girl, and I am so happy that we were able to work together, despite our differences, to produce EastSiders.

Jaweed Kaleem

Hispanic Catholics Increasingly Choosing 'No Religion': Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

While immigration over several decades has driven up the share of Hispanics in the pews across U.S. Catholic churches, a new survey shows that Hispani...

The Modern-Day Salvador Dali

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 06.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

One of the most compelling symbolic approaches to his work are the tentacles that swarm his canvases and the bodies on some sculptures. They intermingle, cross paths, and clash at different intersections.

Remembering Pope John Paul II

Karen Hart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Karen Hart

When people ask me where I got married, their ears always perk-up when I tell them my husband and I took our vows in the walls of the Vatican during the year of the Jubilee.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

The Second Coming of Homeless Jesus

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.17.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

The stories sound incredible, but they're true. Too many local governments think the homeless should just go away and stop depressing everyone with their mere presence. Or at least find another town to live in.

Om in the Time of Lent

Ko Im | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

I went on a yoga retreat during the Lenten season. and I reflected on finding solace in both practices. One can strengthen the other. Here are five parallelisms from a Catholic yogi.