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When it comes to the environment, it is in giving that countries will receive

Tomás Insua | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

St. Francis depicted in Giotto's 13th-Century painting Predica agli uccelli. Credits: Even the most optimistic among us would not di...

Alone With Giotto and the Bones of St. Francis

Rick Steves | Posted 05.02.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

This is Day 18 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, and beyond.

Pope and People: On Shaping the Future

Joerg Rieger | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

It is easy to predict that the visit of Pope Francis to the United States of America this week will go down in history. But will it be able to change the future?

The Pope, a Saint, and a Disabled Goose

Mary Lou Simms | Posted 07.31.2016 | Religion
Mary Lou Simms

Pope Francis is always reminding us of the need to care about nature and the planet. What if he took that message one step further and asked the anglers of the world to stop leaving fishing line and hooks around? What a blessing that would be.

John Muir Was Right: Climb the Mountains

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...

Why Pope Francis Is Very Much Like St. Francis

Catherine Corman | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Catherine Corman

In the conclave, Pope Francis touched on the early church fathers' sense of the mysterium lunae. The mystery of the moon is that it has no light of its own; it only reflects the light of the sun. He said the church should not mistake itself for the sun. It has instead the mystery of the moon. It must remember that it only shines by reflecting the light of the divine.

LOOK: Blessed Pets For Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion

Blessed are the animals! On October 4, 2014 Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assis and the "Blessing of the Animals" stemming from F...

Class of 2014: Consider the Unexpected!

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Tom Cosgrove

Will you be a real friend to the people in your network? Will you share what you've learned on that third road? Will you do the unexpected and make a difference in their lives?

Daily Meditation: Instrument Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Getting Older, Not Always Gracefully

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Lionel Rolfe

Getting older was supposed to be easier than this -- more like a wonderful long vacation. But of course it hasn't been that way. My wife left me just ...

Remembering Francis: From 12th Century Rebel to 21st Century Pope

Shane Claiborne | Posted 12.04.2013 | 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.

Celebrating Bodhi Day For The 21st Century

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Living in the light of humility, kindness and compassion is the deep lesson and timeless inspiration of Bodhi Day. When we celebrate Bodhi Day this year I hope that we can celebrate it as a 21st century holiday, embracing the full weight of Buddhism's long history without being limited by it.

Spirit Of St. Francis Lives Strong In Assisi

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion

ASSISI, Italy (RNS) When some 550 religious and humanitarian leaders gathered in this Umbrian hill town last month to promote the causes of love and f...

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.

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.

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.

Minnesota Politician Mailed Himself Fake Explosive To Earn Sympathy

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

The erratic career of a city councilman from St. Francis, Minnesota ended Thursday, after Leroy Schaffer resigned over a much-exaggerated threat. S...

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.