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First Nighter: Fiona Shaw's Miraculous Testament of Mary William Christie's Marvelous David et Jonathas

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What Nikos Kazantzakis did to de-sanctify Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ, Colm Toibin has done for the Madonna in The Testament of Mary -- with, predictably, the some outraged response from various Catholic Church officials.

Allah Or God, It Doesn't Matter To Me

Craig Considine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

I'm a Catholic / but I think Islam is beautiful / Some think I'm interested in converting / No, I'm not / it just makes me think of the one above

Vatican Official Denounces Santa Muerte As 'Sinister And Infernal'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The confluence of theological concerns, religious competition, new Latin American influence at the Vatican and media coverage have resulted in Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi's condemnation of the cult of Santa Muerte as the embodiment of Latin America's "culture of death."

Treating Depression With Psychiatry And Faith

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

I encourage patients to continue seeking spiritual support from their pastor or spiritual director and continue finding solace in the Scriptures. Spiritual exercises and practices are perfectly compatible with things like taking a medication and going to psychotherapy. They can all work hand in hand.

Inside Out in Detroit

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.02.2013 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

This view from my pew in its totality constituted the very juxtaposition which I had sought for years to put into words for all those inquiring minds from locales beyond Detroit who inevitably asked me: Why Detroit?

Pat Robertson Says God Gives More Miracles To 'Simple' Foreigners

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion

Pat Robertson recently attempted to explain why more miracles seem to happen for "simple, humble" foreigners than for Americans, and he said it has to...

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

Questions For Pope Francis On Holy Thursday

Mary C. Johnson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mary C. Johnson

The decisions made during Francis' first Holy Thursday as pope will signal much about just what sort of father Francis will be: a loving one who values his daughters as much as his sons, who truly listens and is willing to admit his own mistakes, or a father who signals merely a shift in papal style but not in substance?

Beyond Lent

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2013 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

While I may not agree with the entire spiritual underpinning of "Lent," I liked the idea of participating in it as a personal-growth exercise, in line with my previous efforts to read Cats in the original feline, or to get taller.

Spread: A Catholic Sin

Massimo Franco | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Massimo Franco

It might be hard to grasp if you live on the Mediterranean shores of Europe, but the Northern countries of the continent consider the southern countries' debts and high levels of spread Catholic sins.

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen White | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Stephen White

Francis of Assisi is among the most beloved saints of the Church. In taking the name Francis, the new pope has signaled to the world something of his intentions for his papacy.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.

Jaweed Kaleem

Joe Biden Sparks Controversy At Pope's Installation | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion

As Vice President Joe Biden prepares to lead a U.S. delegation to Tuesday's installation Mass for Pope Francis, he has reignited a familiar controvers...

What's In a Name?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.16.2013 | World
Matthew Dowd

After having watched leaders in the United States who had good intentions, get lost on their intended way, I have five humble suggestions for this Pope and his team at the Vatican.

The Day I Joined The Catholics For Lent

Common Ground News Service | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

While Catholic and Islamic services are different, many of our practices are the same, and I felt overwhelmed by a feeling of our shared human endeavours to get closer to the divine.

Pope Francis Cast as Heralded Star of 'Transformation'

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Pope Francis refused to sit on the throne, preferring to stand with his flock. He will walk and lead with a new style of simplicity following the footsteps of his first love, Jesus Christ.

Did This Woman's Rejection Push Pope Francis Into The Priesthood?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion

Amalia Damonte remembers the day her 12-year-old neighbor spoke these sweet words in a fit of adolescent passion: "If I don't marry you, I'm going to ...

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholics Give New Pope High Ratings In New Survey | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion

In the first days of his papacy, Pope Francis has made a strong impression among American Catholics, according to a new survey conducted by HuffPost/Y...

'Alfredo's Fire' Sure to Spark Discussion About Religion, Homosexuality and the Deadliness of Intolerance

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

Fifteen years ago, on a cold January morning in 1998, one man knelt on the stone pavement outside St. Peter's Basilica, the late Renaissance church that dominates the square. With the flick of his hand, 39-year-old Alfredo Ormando was suddenly aflame.

Weeklings!: How Catholicism Made Me Gay (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

I spent 18 years as a practicing Catholic, and after much consideration, I realize I wouldn't be the towering gay organism I am now without my church background.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Jaweed Kaleem

Will Pope Francis Uplift The Poor? | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion

The day after his election, Pope Francis asked Argentine bishops to skip his formal installation on Tuesday and instead show "closeness" by doing "act...

Article Of Faith

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Viviana Hurtado

As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.

Bishops Tell Catholics to Celebrate Holy Week by Attending Anti-Gay March

John Becker | Posted 05.14.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Every time I think the U.S. Catholic bishops can't possibly sink any lower into the cesspool of anti-gay bigotry, they find a new way to do exactly that.

What's in a Name? The Most Profound Papal First

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Mark R. Kennedy

Much has been said about Pope Francis being the first papal selection from the New World or the first to be selected from the ranks of the Jesuits, but most amazing to me is that he is the first to select the name of Francis.