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WATCH: A Brief History of Overt Racism in Professional Soccer
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Here are six of the most flagrant manifestations of racism in soccer since 2011. When fans barred a black man from boarding a train as they chanted racist lyrics after the Chelsea ...

Pope Francis Condemns Islamic State’s Executions of Christians in Libya
Originally Posted: 02/16/2015 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Feb. 16 denounced the brutal slayings of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by militants linked to the Islamic State, saying “they were assassinated just for being Christian.” ...

Are Foreign Aid Workers Unprepared for Violence Abroad?
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign aid worker, was confirmed dead Feb. 10 after being taken hostage by Islamic ...

Nigeria Postpones Presidential Election, Citing Ongoing Violence by Boko Haram
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

Nigeria’s election commission has postponed national elections for six weeks saying it would not be able to provide security for voters in the northeast region of the country most affected by the Islamist grou ...

Focus on Africa’s Islamic Extremists has Diverted Attention from South Sudan’s Growing Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

As world attention shifts to the growing influence of Muslim militant groups on the African continent, few have paid any attention to the ongoing bloody conflict in South Sudan. A ...

Nuclear Weapons: Time for Abolition
Originally Posted: 02/26/2015 - 2:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice According to the Vatican, “The very possession of nuclear weapons, even for purposes of deterrence, is morally problematic.” ...

'God Always Provides'
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cynthia J. Martens A priest in Jordan opens his church's doors to Iraqis fleeing ISIS.  REV. KHALIL JAAR ...

March 2015
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 5:18pm | Type: Magazine Issue

March, 2015 Pro-Israeli, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Jesus February 11, 2015 ...

Terrorism In The Name Of Religion Is Blasphemy: Rev. Jim Wallis
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Carol Kuruvilla ...

VIDEO: Water Everlasting?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A trailer for Water Everlasting? In 2014, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) premiered W ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Jan. 11 to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks. ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Five years after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan.12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, Haitians are still working to rebuild the poorest country in the hemisphere. ...

5 Years After the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

I was writing a kind of psalm because it felt like if I didn’t wrestle with God amidst the collapse, I might lose hold of faith and hope — or they might lose hold of me. Life is ...

Oscar Romero Declared a Martyr as Vatican Inches Him Toward Sainthood
Originally Posted: 01/09/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Archbishop Oscar Romero, the hero of the Catholic left who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in El Salvador, is inching one step closer to sainthood after his case languished in bureaucratic limb ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, ...

Nothing Religious About It
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Central African Republic faith leaders say war is not perpetrated in God's name.  SINCE WA ...

Want to See Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church? Look at His New Cardinals
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis reinforced his radical reshaping of the Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as far afield as Ethiopia, Tonga, Thailand, and Panama. Pope Francis ...

On a Firm Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Five years after the hemisphere's most catastrophic disaster in a century, Haiti seeks to build back better.  ...

Pope Francis Names New Cardinals From Around the Globe, None From U.S.
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 from 14 different nations but leaving several leading U.S. archbishops off the list. Pope Francis nominated 15 new cardinals Jan. 4 ...

10 Reasons Coffee is Part of My Faith Journey
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 11:11pm | Type: Blog

God loves us all equally — you, me, and Guillermo the coffee farmer. Guillermo works hard and grows an excellent quality coffee bean to sell and support his family. I am showing God’s love by selling Fair Trad ...

Church of England Names Its First Woman Bishop; Libby Lane to Assume Historic Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Lane, 48, a mother of two and the wife of an Anglican vicar, will be consecrated as the eighth bishop of Stockport, in the Diocese of Chester, at a ceremony at York Cathedral on Jan. 26. ...

If Rome Wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican Could Host Competitions
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:30pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics ...

Alan Gross Release Hailed as Hanukkah ‘Miracle,’ First Step in ‘Normalized’ U.S.-Cuba Relations
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

President Obama chose the Dec. 17 release as a springboard to announce a massive historic “normalization” of U.S.-Cuba relations. Alan Gross, the Jewish international aid worker h ...

Sierra Leone Bans Christmas, New Year’s Celebrations to Prevent Spread of Ebola
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

The government of Sierra Leone banned public Christmas and New Year’s celebrations because they may exacerbate efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus. The government of Sierra Leon ...

Pope Francis Is Naming New Cardinals. Will Any Be American?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican announced Dec. 11 that Pope Francis will name a new batch of cardinals in February, adding to the select group of churchmen who will someday gather to elect his successor. Rome won’t reveal the names until next month, but could an America ...

Archbishop Justin Welby: Anglican Communion May Not Hold Together
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

In a lengthy  interview  in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. ...

No Nukes!
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joseph Gerson This Spring, thousands will gather in New York to say no to nuclear weapons.  IN APRIL, THOUSAN ...

Collateral Damage
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 3:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Does Christianity have a future in Iraq?  THE U.S. AND other nations are increasingly aware th ...

Vatican on Nuclear Disarmament: 'Time for Abolition'
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

This week, at a conference in Vienna, Austria on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis issued a statement declaring that "nuclear deterrence cannot be the basis for peaceful coexistence ...

Pope Francis Urges Europeans to Reject ‘Throwaway Culture’
Originally Posted: 11/25/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The 77-year-old pontiff is well-known for his attacks on consumerism and for his compassion for the poor. More recently, Francis has turned his attention to bioethics issues, describing abortion, embryonic ste ...

Why Peter Kassig Was the Islamic State’s Greatest Threat
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, as he called himself after a conversion to Islam, was the greatest threat the Islamic State faced. He provided relief and comfort to those in need. He practiced mercy and compassion, and i ...

Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

At least four worshipers, three of them U.S.-born, were killed in an attack on a west Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18 by two Palestinians wielding a gun, an ax, and a meat cleaver, police said. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 2:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Activists Intent on Building Third Jewish Temple Spark Tensions at Holy Site
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Temple Mount – Haram al-Sharif to Muslims – in Jerusalem is at the center of an intense debate over messianic religious Zionism in Israeli politics and society, and what it means for the future of the peac ...

Pope Francis Launches New Panel to Speed Up Abuse Cases
Originally Posted: 11/11/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Nov. 11 created a new Vatican body to deal with the most serious cases of child sexual abuse and to streamline complaints against the clergy. Pope Francis on Nov. ...

Don’t Forget the Nigerian Schoolgirls, or Girls’ Education
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram is as much a threat to the women and girls of Nigeria as the Islamic State is to these same people in Iraq and Syria. And neither the U.S. nor the world can afford to allow one terrorist group to go ...

On Being A Muslim Parent
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell.  LAST YEAR, as I ...

How to Beat Ebola
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The only way to defeat the epidemic is to strengthen health-care systems.  CONSIDER A FATHER from ...

An Eerie Calm: Iraqi Christians Anxiously Ponder Their Future
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

The people of Alqosh have defended themselves in the face of many would-be invaders throughout the centuries, he said, but now “we are living cautiously; every family is ready to flee.” ...

All Saints' Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/28/2014 - 10:09am | Type: Press

October 27, 2014 Sojo in the News Greg Carey ...

All Saints’ Day: Facing Death
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

The Beatitudes reject a selfish “America-first” response to Ebola. Instead, these blessings call us to extend our resources and join in the work God is already doing in West Africa. ...

Italian Priest Continues to Go After Mafia Despite Death Threats
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 4:21pm | Type: Blog

anti-Mafia convention near the Vatican on Oct. 24. It is expected to attract 3,000 people, with speakers ...

5 Ways D.C. Is Actually Great (For People 'Meh' on Monuments, Top Chefs, or K Street)
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

I’ve found D.C. to be far beyond the House of Cards-meets-Cherry Blossom Festival sketch beloved by press and many residents alike. In my daily experience, D.C. is collaborative, generous, and deserving of acc ...

5 Ways Churches Can Help Stop the Ebola Hysteria
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

ittle in our faith formation has prepared us to deal with such things. Faith communities need to be preparing now, not later. Teaching good theology, for example, in the area of disease causes. Forming emergen ...

Ebola Prompts Hands-Off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted: 10/17/2014 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The Host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the “Our Father.” ...

Will Pope Francis Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 10:02am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to some of the world’s leading bookmakers. Pope Francis is tipped to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, acco ...

Principles for Prophetic Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab   As Christians concerned about peace and justice, this time of crisis in the Middle East provides us an opportunity to return to our principles, the “springs of ...

Broken Cisterns
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:52am | Type: Magazine Article

Jonathan Kuttab Before it all fell apart earlier this year, and before this summer's carnage in Gaza, the Israeli-Palestine peace p ...

Weekly Wrap 10.3.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 10/14/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

1. The Strange Nostalgia of ‘Left Behind’ The rapture movie (out in theaters today) is—to borrow a phrase—neither hot nor cold. So why the re-make? We take a crack at answering. 2. Lipstick and Seminary “Du ...