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Altar Server Scandal Is Reminder Of How Far The Catholic Church Has To Go With Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis has been widely hailed as a champion of social progress, when it comes to elevating women’s roles, critics say the Catholic Churc...

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.

Of Course I'm Anxious: 20 Reasons Why

Nancy Roman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

If I forgot my hat on confession day, I would burn in purgatory. If I forgot my homework, I would burn in purgatory. If I skipped Mass on Sunday, I would burn in hell.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

The Deeper Human Conflict Revealed by "Je Suis Charlie"

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.

The Importance of Non-European Christian Imagery

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Karen Zainal

I am ethnically Chinese and grew up in Muslim-majority Indonesia. For years, I was subconsciously frustrated and estranged by singularly European depictions of Christian figures.

'Who Told You That You Were Naked?'

Gina DeLapa | Posted 12.22.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Gina DeLapa

Inspiration comes in strange ways. Two weeks ago at Mass, I arrived to find our great big sanctuary packed with people of all ages, including the scho...

Jaweed Kaleem

How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

While Pope Francis is being credited with orchestrating the detente between the U.S. and Cuba, the roots of the delicate agreement stretch to the last...

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Reading Philippe Sollers: Literature and Politics à la Française

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Read this book right away. Because it carries the echo of the creeping devastation. And because the author proves that there is, in the ruins, another way to live. Not anger, not nostalgia, but insurrection through style.

What Pope Francis Hopes To Accomplish In Turkey

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Friday (Nov. 28) for a three-day visit to Turkey and, given the issues on his plate and the troubles in the ...

Is Benedict XVI The Real Pope? Four Factors Fueling Vatican Conspiracy Theories

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Benedict XVI stunned Catholics by announcing that he would become the first pope in six centuries to resign, it immediately raised concerns...

Never Forget Your Mom's Birthday, Especially if She's Deceased

Jack Anderson | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

My mom, Anne Anderson, would have turned 80 years old today, except that she died 27 years ago at the tender age of 53. So it's up to me, and my six...

The Important Conversation Almost No One Seems To Be Having

Cindy Capitani | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty
Cindy Capitani

My grandmother asked me to stay with her until it's over, and I can only think of a few reasons she'd ask me: She knows I'll talk about anything and won't mince words; she knows I will do anything for her if I'm able; and she knows I can be a calming presence. It took me a very long time to become a calming presence; it's still a daily practice.

Have a Little Faith

Phu Nguyen | Posted 01.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Phu Nguyen

What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.

Miraculous

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

I first met MB Caschetta more than 20 years ago when she was a student at Vassar College attending a reading I'd been invited to give. In a room filled with bright young lights she stood out: smart, funny and wiser than her years.

Grieving in the Facebook Era

Ana I. Grande | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Ana I. Grande

Let us remember that grieving is more than social media, too. It is an embrace of those living that allows the darkness of our souls to receive light; it is a touch of hands that guides us through our journey and an elevated prayer for those who have left us in God's perfect order.

Pope Francis Defrocks Pedophile Argentine Priest

AP | ALMUDENA CALATRAVA | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has excommunicated a pedophile Argentine priest, a move applauded by advocates for victims of clerical a...

You Grew Up With Actor Ray Iannicelli: Who Is He in the New Film St. Vincent?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 01.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Sometimes there are no words to describe someone. Today, that someone is screen veteran Ray Iannicelli. This brand new grandfather brings so much talent and knowledge to the table, that it's breathtaking!

Music and Memory in the Real-Life Narnia: Alan Doyle Works Wizardry on Where I Belong

Jaime Lubin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Jaime Lubin

Alan Doyle is a self-professed lucky bastard, and I suspect he may also be magic.

Boy George's Eloquent Explanation Of His Evolving Spirituality

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion

Boy George offered an eloquent explanation of his evolving spirituality during a conversation with HuffPost Live on Wednesday. The music icon, who ...

Listening to Jesus Instead of Twitter: The Stories of Jude and Simon

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

What we do know, though, is that in this age of headlines and catchphrases, in this era of 140 characters and small, square photos on smart phones, we'd do well to judge not as Twitter judges, but as Christ does.

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
Sugar Rautbord

Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life.

This Photo Of The Pope Is Pretty Darn Dope

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

From his penchant for selfies to his smooth white 1984 Renault, Pope Francis is quite possibly the most swagtastic 77-year-old we know. Then there...