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New Pope Francis Appointee: What Do Catholics Believe, Really?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

We know what Pope Francis is saying: "You must try to seek God in every human life." And, of believing gays, "Who am I to judge them?" But what does Pope Francis think, really?

Meeting Saint Fleur Junior Charles

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

Sometimes, no amount of research can prepare you for an interview. Such was my recent experience in interviewing Saint Fleur Junior Charles, a 32-year-old man brimming with courage, strength, and -- more recently, he says -- faith.

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...

Pope Francis Appoints Catholic YouTube Star To Los Angeles Archdiocese

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis named three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Tuesday -- and one of them is a social media star who has used h...

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Can Be Refuges from Homophobic Parents

Matt Baume | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're looking for an escape, take a look at the book Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia, by Samuel R. Delaney. It's a sci-fi novel set on a moon of Neptune where the freedom is near absolute.

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.

The Face of God: Richard Rodriguez Sees It In ... You

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

When my turn came to to get my book signed and chat with the author, the conversation turned philosophical, and Rodriguez repeated Mother Teresa's words, "I see the face of God when I look at you."

Dear Progressive Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If all people of Filipino descent were honest with ourselves, it would be safe to say that we live for contradictions. While Filipinos enjoy their hard fought independence, we also willingly submit to oppressive powers.

The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

A Catholic Schoolgirl Tells Her Side About an Outdated and Intolerant System

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.

The American Laudato Si: Wendell Berry and the Great Environmental Compromise

Travis Knoll | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Travis Knoll

Two religious humans, one the leader of more than a billion Catholics, and the other, a small Kentucky farmer, both recognize that nature and humanity are not mutually exclusive, but mutually dependent.

Jeb! 50 Shades of Religious Conviction

Domenick Scudera | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Jeb! is secular sometimes, and faithful and devout at other times. It all depends on where he is and who he is talking to. 50 states allows for 50 shades of Jeb!'s religious conviction.

Jaweed Kaleem

Pope Lays Out Moral Case For Saving The Planet | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion

In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling c...

What The Pope And Thousands of Pagans Have In Common

John Halstead | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

The causes of our environmental crisis are more complex than any single religion. We can neither vilify Christianity, nor idealize ancient pagan religions.

Raul and the Church: A Faustian Pact?

Jose Gabilondo | Posted 06.04.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Gabilondo

Cuban men and women have not had to negotiate their sexuality with Rome's putatively celibate clerics for over 50 years. This won't change overnight, but what does it mean when the Church gets a new territory? The island's Catholic revival poses perils -- and not just for Cuban women; for heterosexuals, sexual minorities, and for civil society generally.

The Glory Days: III

John O'Kane | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The pavement seems to shake slightly, like in the first rumblings of an earthquake, as I dodge vehicles to reach a phone on the other side. No one else seems to notice these movements. Someone beats me to the phone.

The Future of Catholicism, 2015-2025

Massimo Faggioli | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Massimo Faggioli

The surprising retirement of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013 marked the end of a papacy reluctant to take on the full array of duties of the Bishop of Rome: pastoral, ecumenical, interreligious or diplomatic.

My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

Actress Maria Bello Opens Up About Reclaiming Her Catholicism

The Huffington Post | Paula Ersly | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion

Actress Maria Bello self-identifies as a Catholic, but it took her some time to understand and accept that she had more freedom in her faith than she ...

The Glory Days: II

John O'Kane | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The confessional is the perfect refuge from the lights. I wait and listen. How long has it been? A few minutes, an hour? I wish it had a lock. A sanctuary within a sanctuary.

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

Will Pope Francis Make Room For Women In The Catholic Church?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

While Pope Francis' two-year tenure has been marked by progressive change of tone on some social issues, gender parity does not yet seem to be a prior...

My Son's Guardian Angel

Nicole Skaro | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

My son was diagnosed with cancer. I quickly learned children do die. They die in horrific horrible ways. Ways adults can't even fathom. Ways that make you question God's existence.

Pope Francis: The Reformer

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Stan Chu Ilo

While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.

Vatican Official Gives A Sneak Peek At Pope's Major Edict On Climate Change

Associated Press | Rachel Zoll | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of ...