It's time to pop the champagne and celebrate the new shopping landscape that is on the horizon in 2016.
Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.
I happily join the 840,000 of my Catholic sisters and brothers in exhorting the COP21 negotiators to develop the international frameworks needed for a climate of justice.
What did Pope Francis and the delegates to the Synod on the family achieve after more than three weeks of deliberation? The final propositions will not satisfy every person because of the limited scope and objective of the synod. However, there are three things which I like about what took place.
Should Rabbis speak out about the subordination of women in the Catholic Church and Catholic theology -- or is it entirely an internal Church question?
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.
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.
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.
There's more than enough suffering in the world already. It's time for a revolution that brings alive fearlessness, courage, compassion and love. Then we can break through the differences that separate us and cause so much loneliness and fear and actually open our arms to each other.
A few words from Pope Francis' visit to the US should be seen as timely reminders on three very contentious issues in the world today. I believe they are worth highlighting in view of the impassioned views they evoke in national and international news coverage.
The lesson we get from Francis this week should not be, "Oh, how nice; he cares about the poor, isn't that sweet?" The lesson should be, this man is an inspiration to thousands, perhaps millions, and the way he got to that point is by continually deepening the person he always was.
I was honored to have been invited by New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to attend the recent multi-faith prayer service at the World Trade Center with Pope Francis. It was a deeply moving experience and an example of how all of the world's faiths might work together toward humanity's common goals.
As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.
With poverty levels stagnant, many more battles will be necessary to ensure fairness and justice for everyone, including the poor who Pope Francis called on our leaders to protect.
I like the pope just as much as the next person. But when confronted with this juxtaposition of public support of civil rights versus secret intolerance, it is hard not to feel dismay. If Pope Francis is taking a more liberal stance and supports gay marriage, then the secrecy isn't needed.
Photo courtesy of Jared Gruenwald by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger The run-up to the papal mass in Philade...