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Italian Archbishop Calls for 10-year Ban on Godparents to Stop Mafia Infiltration
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

After a pledge by Pope Francis to “excommunicate” mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to st ...

Is Pope Francis Sneaking Out of the Vatican? Maybe Not, but He Wouldn't Be the First
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say reports that Pope Francis has been slipping out at night to visit the homeless in Rome are “simply not true,” though that hasn’t stopped the stories from capturing the public imagination. ...

Why This Protestant Loves Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

I appreciate Benedict for writing beautiful words on love, but I love Pope Francis because he’s publicly living those words. When Pope Benedict XVI retired in February, I wrote an ...

Vatican Seeks Input from the Pews on Marriage and Family Issues
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

In an unusual move, the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to quickly canvas the faithful for their views on topics like gay marriage, divorce, and birth control ahead of a major meeting of church leaders s ...

Record Crowds Expected for John Paul II, John XXIII Canonizations
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

Vatican officials say they expect next year’s celebration for the canonizations of former popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be attended by as many as 100 heads of state in what is likely to be the biggest d ...

Pope Francis Tells the Poor: ‘Don’t Let Yourselves Be Robbed of Hope’
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis criticized what he called the “idolatry of money” on Sunday in a trip to one of the poorest regions of the European Union. Pope Francis criticized what he called the ...

U.S. Anti-Abortion Leaders Join Rome’s March for Life
Originally Posted: 05/09/2013 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

American anti-abortion leaders will be in Rome on Sunday to participate in Italy’s third March for Life and lend their expertise to the nation’s small anti-abortion movement as it tries to learn from its Ameri ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

The ‘Tough Guy’ Option: Picking a Pope to Serve as Sheriff
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Is now the time for a pope who could be more of a Ratzinger than a Benedict? VATICAN CITY — Amid all of the prognosticating about who the cardinals could choose as the next pope i ...

On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, Foot Traffic Remains a Threat
Originally Posted: 10/31/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance masterpiece, the Vatican said the growing number of tourists who visit the historic site every year might eventually lead t ...

What’s Next for the First Catholic Bishop Convicted in Sex Abuse Cover-Up?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Catholic Bishop Robert W. Finn was found guilty Thursday of failing to tell police about a priest suspected of sexually exploiting children, an unprecedented verdict that is being hailed as a landmark in the e ...

Vatican Pulls Support for Seminarians’ Soccer League
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican department has withdrawn its support from a soccer tournament that pits teams from Rome's seminaries against each other because it has lost its "educational" value. ...

The Immigrant Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

Unaccounted for in the empire, baby Jesus’ first movement in this world was a government-evading trek through the desert by night. I noticed this Christmas season, for the first t ...

#OccupyWallStreet: Helpful Links
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 7:53am | Type: Blog

We've compiled a list of links where you can learn more about the genesis of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Quick recap Occupy Wall Street began on Septembe ...

Did Someone Say "Class Warfare"?
Originally Posted: 10/03/2011 - 2:04pm | Type: Blog

In his column Thursday, Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis took on "class warfare," calling it the "hot topic" of the week here in Washington, D.C. Wallis said: In hi ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 10:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

The Most Interesting Woman in the World
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring actor Jonathan Goldsmith as "the most interesting man in the world"? Have you seen the Dos Equis commercials starring ac ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...

The Testimony of One North Korean Girl
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/12/01/the-testimony-of-one-north-korean-girl/" target="_blank"></a>You need to watch this. In fact, you must watch this. Please watch ...

Interview: Jim Wallis Reaches Out to Glenn Beck Down Under
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm impressed by several things. One being people who love well and whose presence disarms in such a way that others can be received as they are. I'm impressed by severa ...

Another Vatican II Moment for the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy sexual abuse scandals are a source of profound pain and raw anger. These are dark days for Catholics and our church. T ...

Fight or Die: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>This video clip by <a href="http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/">The Work of The People</a> is going to upset a lot of people.</p> This video c ...

On Faith on Glenn Beck, and a Video PSA for Social Justice Christians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/19/on-faith-on-glenn-beck-and-a-video-psa-for-social-justice-christians/"></a>Last week, The Washington Post's <a href="http:// ...

Open Letter from Hans Kung to Catholic Bishops
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We wanted to make sure that folks saw <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0416/1224268443283.html" target="_blank">this letter</a> that circulated in the ...

Vatican II 101: Social Justice is Part of Catholic Identity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

Writer James Carroll, in his recent book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0547336268?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;cre ...

Committed: Family Values from Eat, Pray, Love Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0670021652?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity' (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Interview with Brian McLaren About 'A New Kind of Christianity'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061853984?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0061853984">&l ...

Obama's Brand of American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/17/obamas-nobel-speech-violence-and-nonviolence-naivete-and-realism/">As I suggested in my previous post</a>, I was troubled by some elements of the ...

Low-Hanging Fruit in the Fight Against World Hunger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The World Summit on Food Security ended today in Rome, with words about cutting hunger, but no real progress on one of hunger's key causes: <a href="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/?cat=17"&g ...

Proclaiming Jubilee in the Midst of Foreclosures
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. My 1.5 year old son Jonas broke his first law last month. He and I were both guilty of trespassing, but a passerby would ...

Prepared to Die, but Not to Kill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I recently received a reply or two on <a href="../2009/08/18/court-martialed-for-christian-conscience/">my last blog post</a>, regarding <a href="http://www.truthout.org/081209A&q ...

Honoring Deacon Phoebe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/07/13/women-leaders-in-the-early-church-2/">In last week's post</a>, I argued that because the apostle Paul commended the work of Phoebe-a ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...