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St Francis of Assisi

Franciscan Files Reveal How Clergy Preyed On Victims

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 07.22.2012 | Crime

LOS ANGELES — Robert Van Handel was a 15-year-old seminarian at St. Anthony's, a prestigious Franciscan boarding school, when, he said, a priest...

In Assisi, Gathering For The Peace Of The Church

Scott MacDougall | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

Only by reshaping our imagination of the church to focus on its peace and unity, can we truly and effectively stand in solidarity with the poor, vulnerable, outcast, marginalized, and oppressed.

The Day Clare Divorced Her Family In Order To Follow God

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Eight hundred years ago, 18-year-old Chiara Favorone, whom we now know as Clare of Assisi, went to church in the morning with her family. It was a Sunday, but not just any Sunday.

Gangsta Saint? St. Francis, Trayvon Martin And Hoodies

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

While St. Francis was not trying to stylize himself as a "gangsta wannabe," his intention for choosing the hooded tunic for his habit are not far off the counter-cultural mark.

St. Francis of Assis' Radical Love For Jesus

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

What made his life so appealing to so many? Among other things, Francis's love for Jesus was so explicit that he was naive enough to believe that Jesus actually meant for us to do the things he taught us.

What Did Saint Francis Look Like?

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Have you ever seen Saint Francis smile? Neither have I, and that's unfortunate because, according to his biographers, he was one of the most joyous of men. Blame it on the iconographers.

Joys, Blessings And Hopes Of The 25th Assisi World Day Of Prayer For Peace

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia | Posted 11.10.2011 | Religion
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

For me the 25th anniversary of the Assisi gathering is an important landmark in interreligious harmony in which we re-committed ourselves to peace and justice through dialogue at a time when the world is being increasingly divided.

Moving Beyond 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Lee C. Camp | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

While demonizing speech-acts may work well at galvanizing a given constituency for a short-burst of fear-driven action, they do little to make space for the possibility of peaceable co-existence.

David Moye

WATCH: World's Shortest Living Cat Gets A Big Honor From Guinness | David Moye | Posted 12.04.2011 | Weird News

A tiny cat in San Diego is getting about the biggest honor possible: A spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The cat in question is named Fiz...

Praying With St. Francis, The Radical Christian Peacemaker

Shane Claiborne | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

St. Francis was one of the first critics of capitalism, one of the earliest Christian environmentalists, a sassy reformer of the Church and one of the classic conscientious objectors to war.

Blessing Our Pets: In The Spirit of St. Francis And Judaism

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

St. Francis of Assisi always called creatures his brothers and sisters and he worked to further widen the fraternity to link humans and creatures in the same relationship with God.

7 Mystical Love Poems To God

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

We want to love God and be loved by Him. But by creating a relationship in love, we are also able to love others whatever their religion or culture. Let me give some examples of poetic expressions that we can all share and appreciate.

Chaput Will Upend Convention In The Most Conventional Of Cities

Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) The most obvious reason that Pope Benedict XVI sent Archbishop Charles Chaput from Denver to take over...

Dangerous Christians Who Teach Us To Live Like Jesus

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

Jesus himself was perceived as a threat precisely because he challenged seemingly unchangeable laws about the Sabbath and broke down the boundaries between the pure insiders and the unclean outsiders.

Rumi and St. Francis: Healing Wisdom for Today

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion
Matthew Dowd

I find it extraordinary that two people growing up hundreds of years ago, living in worlds far apart in nearly every way, saw the answer to our modern ills in the exact same way.

The Christian Journey Is Hard, But You Can Do It!

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Each of those steps may seem hard, even dangerous, to step on, and it may seem that we can't do it, but that's the path we're invited to climb. And it's Christ who urges us on.

The 99 Lost Sheep: 20-Somethings And The Catholic Church

Tyler Mahoney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tyler Mahoney

Millennials are expected to apologize for a hierarchy that wants us to be a part of its ancient tradition, but has made no meaningful effort to include us.

The Sacred Nature Of Music

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Christina Aguilera's opening anthem on one of America's biggest feast days was roundly criticized because it fell short of a proper offering.

The Saints Were As Strange As You Are - And You Can Be As Holy As They Were

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

When you read the complete stories of the lives of these saints and shift your focus from the gruesome details of their martyrdoms and extreme ascetical practices, you might meet people who can teach you about being who you are.

St. Francis: The Power Of Loving All Creation

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Francis of Assisi believed that he was a creature of God and that his creatureliness made him and all of us part of Creation. We use Francis' teaching to remind us that we were created by the One who created all things.

9/11: The Rest Should Be Silence

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Many have urged that September 11 this year not be a time of demonstrations for or against Cordoba House or any other issue; rather, let it be a quiet day of commemoration and mourning. Let our loss be what we remember on Saturday.

Trust Us: We Are the Organization!

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

An organization, at its worst, uses/abuses the "small people" primarily for the benefit and profit/control/survival of the organization.

In Defense of Religion

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

"Spiritual" is great. So is "Religious"

The St. Francis Blessing Of The Animals (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

At this time every year, people bring their animals along with them to church to get blessed by Catholic priests. This ceremony commemorates St. Fran...

Please Forgive Us

Tri Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tri Robinson

I can only ask for forgiveness from those outside of the church for the church's lack of leadership on the issue of climate change and actively engage with you in making a difference.