Media and elected officials largely pay lip service or simply ignore the connection between gun violence, suicides and poor mental health services.
Collapsing before Buddha and falling before the Pope, did not make me more religious, but in the years since it has caused me to reflect about religion -- religion in China.
To win the Democratic Presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders must take a reasonable portion of the African American and Hispanic vote away from Hillary Clinton. And the best way for him to do so is to follow the example of Pope Francis -- and the civil rights movement that Bernie grew up with as a college student.
Gilead Sciences is publicly traded, but Turing Pharmaceuticals has no stockholders to report to. Just Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager. A group known for having the same conscience as starving hyenas in heat. These guys make a safari of lion-killing dentists look cuddlesome.
The stars appear to be aligning for a major swing in American economic, social and political attitudes in the direction of progressive Democrats.
After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.
We are leaders and we need to create change - from Albany to City Hall to religious organizations, dedicated non-profits and the public at large. We are in this together and need to take collective action.
Autumn is a lovely time to visit the nation's capital. Here I look at contrasting visits by two prominent faith leaders.
Your past statements about "who am I to judge gays?" had given me hope that I was included in your love for humanity. It had felt like a slap in the face to read from Davis that you had told her to be strong and pray for you.
I feel weird praising someone who represents the Catholic Church for simply practicing what he and his predecessors have been preaching for centuries. It isn't liberal to care that people are dying. It isn't revolutionary to want people to act with love before they act with hate.
It takes courage to radically change direction towards a more sustainable and healthy movement for justice. But change makers owe nothing less to the millions of community members impacted by the economic injustices they fight for every day. If we can truly support one another and open our hearts, we can connect and create a radical solidarity.
Let's start with Pope Francis' pedagogical strengths: Communicating with students and families, creating an environment of respect and rapport, and demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness.
Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.
Pope Francis has inaugurated the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The three-week gathering of bishops from around will focus on married couples, parents and family.
Although I failed to pass for a cardinal (my yarmulke is black), I had little difficulty striking up conversations with my compatriots, approximately forty percent of whom turned out to be priests, recognizable by the omnipresent collar.
This may sound like one of those bad jokes about three unlikely bar patrons, but German automaker Volkswagen, presidential aspirant Donald Trump, and Pope Francis actually have something in common.