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The Islamic Notion of Mercy

William C. Chittick, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William C. Chittick, Ph.D.

One of the biggest misunderstandings shown by Christian theologians is the notion that Islam has little or nothing to say about love.

Papal Biographer Draws Parallels Between Benedict And John Paul II

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS -- Five years into the papacy of Benedict XVI, papal biographer George Weigel is struck by the conti...

From Prince To Pastor: How The Papacy Has Changed

Thomas Worcester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Times are indeed changing, even for popes. Maybe especially for popes. A new book explores how the papacy has changed greatly, and repeatedly, during the past 500 years through forces largely beyond its control.

Catholic Brokers Of Peace: A Conversation With Sant'Egidio's Mario Giro

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Mozambique's success generated an energy for peace. We sensed that we could engage in similar processes in other places. We saw that we, ordinary people coming from ordinary ways of life and communities, could work for peace.

An Open Letter to the Pope

Sinéad O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sinéad O'Connor

You have said church authorities did not act quickly or decisively in dealing with complaints. This is entirely dishonest. In fact authorities acted extremely quickly and decisively, but in protection of priests and the church, not of children.

Gdansk, the Domino that Toppled the Berlin Wall

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Storozynski

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a struggle between capitalism and communism, ready to annihilate each other...

The Catholic Church in Cuba, Under The Cossacks

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Exclusive to Huffington Post. The Catholic Church in Cuba seems determined to play a new social role in the face of the inevitable changes that lie ...

Church Abuse: Predator Priests Shuffled Around The Globe

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS and ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — There he was, five decades later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The photo in the Roman Catholic news...

Who Speaks for American Catholics?

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

The American Catholic Church is a great puzzle to non-Catholics and to most Catholics as well. What is the Church? Who is it? What does it believe? And importantly, who speaks for American Catholics?

Pope John Paul ‘Ignored Abuse Of 2,000 Boys' | Bojan Pancevski and John Follain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When John Paul II died five years ago the crowd that packed St Peter's Square for his funeral clamoured "Santo subito (Saint now)!" in a spontaneous t...

9/11, Financial Crisis, Church Sex Scandal? Imagine That!

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

I'm sure there are plenty of unimaginable things in the Universe, though it's impossible to imagine what they are. But flying a plane into a building, the crash of a financial system and sex abuse by priests, we can safely say, aren't among them.

More-Secular Poland Marks Pope John Paul's Death

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and VANESSA GERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland — A trumpet in Warsaw sounded a mournful tone Friday at 9:37 p.m., marking the minute five years ago when Poland's revered native...

Moral Cowardice and the Third Reich: The Legacy of Pius XII

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Pius is being falsely maligned by his critics as a pious fraud and moral coward who disgraced a great world religion, then why doesn't the Vatican fix the error by simply opening their archives?

Rick Santorum: Heed the Teachings of Your Church

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As a Catholic, Santorum should be well aware that there isn't any controversy within his church about evolution.

Mass Grave of History: The Vatican's WWII Identity Crisis

Julia Gorin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Julia Gorin

In enshrining the Church's divided World War II loyalties by canonizing the ambivalent pope at the time, the Church would be announcing to the world what it's made of. Pius should be neither demonized nor sanctified.

Pope John Paul II Used Belt To Whip Himself

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II whipped himself with a belt, even on vacation, and slept on the floor as acts of penitence and to bring him clo...

Pope John Paul Flagellated Himself, Says 'Why A Saint': Flagellation Definition And Info

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Pope John Paul practiced flagellation and flagellated himself to emulate Jesus Christ's suffering, according to "Why A Saint," a book written by Monsi...

In Defense of Benedict XVI

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It is time to put an end to the disingenuousness -- the bias, in a word -- and the disinformation concerning Benedict XVI.

Mehmet Ali Agca: Gunman Who Shot Pope John Paul II Released From Prison

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II nearly 29 years ago emerged from prison Monday, declared himself a messenger from Go...

Bestowing Sainthood on Pius XII Ignores a Heinous Past

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Even as evidence piled up that thousands of Jews were being shipped to the slaughter in Nazi concentration camps, Pius XII refused to reverse the Vatican's see-no-evil, hear-no-evil political course.

Pope John Paul II 'Whipped Himself In Remorse For Sins'

Telegraph | Nick Pisa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pope, who died five years ago, is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church....

Abu Hamza, Suspected Of Pope Assassination Plot, Flees Bosnian Jail

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A notorious criminal in Bosnia, deemed a national security threat, has gone on the run from prison in the central town of Zenica....

Wanda Poltawska, John Paul II Book Author, Responds To Church Criticism

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WARSAW, Poland — To him, she was "My Dear Dusia" and he signed his letters "Br" _ short for brother. She was one of a handful of people by his ...

Newt Gingrich: "Part Of Me Is Inherently Medieval"

U.S. News and World Reports | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former House speaker and Republican überstrategist Newt Gingrich is off to Europe next week to shoot a documentary on Pope John Paul II's 1979 trip t...

Pope John Paul Gunman Wants To Convert to Christianity

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — The man who shot Pope John Paul II says he would like to convert to Christianity at a baptism ceremony at the Vatican soon afte...