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The Nuns Are Back On The Bus

Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service JERSEY CITY, N.J. (RNS) With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday (M...

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen White | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Stephen White

Francis of Assisi is among the most beloved saints of the Church. In taking the name Francis, the new pope has signaled to the world something of his intentions for his papacy.

Church Reform Priorities

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

Nothing is "more important" than refocusing the Church's ministry on global poverty and, at the same time, changing the Church's overt style and deep-seated culture from one that glorifies the rituals and realities of power to a style of humility and culture of service.

Pope To Argentines: Don't Come To Rome, Give Money To Poor Instead

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, March 15 (Reuters) - Pope Francis has attempted to dissuade Argentines from making costly trips to Rome for his inaugural Mass next we...

The Change We Need In Inner-City Education: A Catholic Prescription For Obama's Second Term

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Douglas Kmiec

The president knows transformational change requires effective organization. He learned that lesson well in inner city Chicago 30 years ago. There is no reason his efforts today cannot transform and unite the Catholic and public innovations aimed at helping those most in need.

Radical, Pacifist And Catholic: Dorothy Day On The Call To Be Saints

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

Leader of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day was a realist and she knew that people reflexively regard saints as plaster-cast paragons of perfection. But Dorothy Day also loved the saints, venerated the saints, and wrote more than once that "we are all called to be saints."

Vatican II, 50 Years Later

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

It was an exciting time. It was also a dangerous time, a time of great personal tension and deep spiritual struggle.

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying For A Schism

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Christina Pesoli

For decades I prayed that the Catholic Church would evolve, but not anymore. Now I'm holding out for a schism. We'll be the Social Justice Catholic Church and they can be the Conservative Catholic Church.

Blessed John Paul II And Solidarność Stood On The Side Of Truth, The Poor And The Worker

Gerald J. Beyer | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Gerald J. Beyer

Mitt Romney's latest TV ad, featuring Blessed John Paul II and Lech Wałęsa, got one thing right. The former pope and son of Poland did say "Be not afraid" in 1979. Beyond that, however, the ad distorts reality in a number of ways

Health Care Law Is Pro-Life And I Will Work Hard To Protect It

Sr. Simone Campbell | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Sr. Simone Campbell

The health care law is too vital to be cast aside. With our thousands of member activists, we will work to preserve and expand its reach. As a matter of justice, we want even more people covered.

Cardinal Dolan's Blackmail For Jesus: The Empire Strikes Back

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

If Timothy Dolan is to be believed, he's ready to sacrifice the poor -- many of whom are elderly, juvenile, disabled and infirm -- in Christ's name, for the greater good of wining the war against contraception.

Faith Inspires: The Benedictine Sisters Of Erie

Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

Translating Doctrine Into Practice: The Action-Based Spirituality of the Catholic Worker

Kok Hou Chia | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Kok Hou Chia

The Catholic Worker promoted social activism amongst Catholics through an action-oriented spirituality rooted in an ethic of poverty and the individual practice of the works of mercy.

Not Throwing Stones: A Protestant Remembers The Best Of The Catholic Church

Serene Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Serene Jones

As a Protestant, I refuse to throw self-righteous stones against Catholics. It is not only in politics that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. No church is immune. No person is.