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President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.

Saints and Sexuality

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

When we have a pope who finally recognizes that human sexual desire is not a bad thing, that sexual relations between loving couples is a good thing, whether they're seeking to produce a child or not, and that there's nothing inherently evil about masturbation, then maybe we'll have a pope who's worthy of admiration, if not veneration.

LOOK: The Amazing Life Of Pope John Paul II

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion

The late Pope John Paul II is set to be canonized on Sunday April 27. He and Pope John XXIII will become the newest saints in a ceremony celebrated by...

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.

Pope John Paul II Souvenirs Are Big Business In Poland

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

By Wojciech Zurawski KRAKOW, Poland April 25 (Reuters) - Souvenir shops at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, where Karol Wojtyl...

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

Pope Francis: A Year in the Life

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It has been a year since the white smoke poured forth from the chimney erected atop the Sistine Chapel signaling the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Pope Francis, with his "Who am I to judge?" has opened the door.

The Catholic Church and Same-Sex Marriage: How Might Doctrine Develop?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

For Augustine, the true significance of marriage was not procreation, but the enduring friendship of two human beings who are innately social creatures.

Pope Calls Abortion 'Horrific'

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough ag...

Pope Francis: Man of the Year and a Sign of Some Hope

Matthew Fox | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Matthew Fox

Such a story is raising hope among activists and progressive Catholics, many of whom have left the church behind but still recognize its potential power as a source for good in many parts of the world.

An Advent Book Recommendation: For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Pope Francis chose to honor St. Francis of Assisi by his choice of name, but it has become clear that His Holiness didn't just want to pay homage to the humble saint; he wants the faithful to emulate him.

Record Crowds Expected For John Paul II's Canonization

Religion News Service | Eric J. Lyman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attende...

The Man Who Would Be a Saint, John Paul II and the Era of Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Anyone considering the news that the current pope, Francis I, has approved John Paul II for sainthood, should also consider that more than anyone, John Paul II had access to information about the full scope of the abuse problem and the greatest power to address it.

Mitt Romney Ad: Obama Has Declared A War On Religion

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

A new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion." The ad, along with recent attacks on Obama's welf...

John Paul's Beatification To Take Place Sunday In Rome (VIDEO)

Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion

The beatification of the late Pope John Paul II will take place Sunday in Rome. The Vatican expects hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the city for ...

The Rush To Beatify John Paul

Bill Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bill Briggs

However you come down on the key questions of what John Paul knew and what he allowed to take place during his papacy, there's no stopping the big party in Rome.

Is John Paul ll Being Fast-Tracked To Sainthood?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II, bringing the la...

John Paul II Moves Closer To First Step Toward Sainthood

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It's looking increasingly likely that Pope Benedict XVI will soon move his predecessor one step closer to sainthood by confirming the existence of a m...

Jewish Maestro Recounts Friendship With John Paul II

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Cecile S. Holmes Religion News Service Sir Gilbert Levine, whose conducting career has spanned the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic ...

Pius XII: Saint or Moral Coward?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Timesreports that a Jewish medical machinery salesman from Long Island has emerged as "the Vatican's most outspoken Jewish ally in the debate over" Pope Pius XII's actions during the Holocaust.

How the Opinion of One Pope Became the Rule for All Americans

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops recently mandated tube-feeding for all permanently unconscious patients in Catholic healthcare institutions. How did it come to take this position?