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Pope Francis Raises Eyebrows by Saying Pedophile Priests Include 'Bishops and Cardinals'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis has provoked a debate within the Catholic Church after being quoted as saying that one in 50 Catholic clerics is a pedophile. Pope Francis has provoked a debate withi ...

De-escalating Violence and the Human Story in Israel/Palestine
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

I was sitting in the airport the other day listening to yet another account of the current events unfolding in Israel and Palestine. Almost mechanically, the lips of the news anchor spilled out words like terr ...

Vatican Bank Profits Tumble as Pope Francis Orders an Overhaul
Originally Posted: 07/08/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Profits plunged by more than $100 million at the Vatican bank last year after thousands of accounts were shut down in a radical overhaul of the scandal-scarred institution. Profit ...

From the Dust of the Ground
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

The ground on our mountain is rocky ground and the land seems to have more stones on it than soil. I think it is a miracle that things grow here, that things grow so well here. But they do. We are planting, as ...

Left Behind, Failed Peace, and the Human Implications of (Bad) Theology
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Ignoring the remarkable movements of peacemaking, reconciliation, and collaboration in the Holy Land, we often choose only to amplify of the violence, discord, and disintegration of the region. ...

New York's The King's College Becomes First in U.S. to Accept Bitcoin for Tuition
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts school in New York City, announced on Friday that it has entered into an agreement with Coin.co, making it the first accredited college in the United States to acce ...

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided
Originally Posted: 10/31/2014 - 11:25am | Type: Product

Jim Wallis Jim Wallis thinks our life together c ...

Ahead of the World Cup, Brazil's Churches Work to Protect Children from Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Brazilian churches in cities hosting World Cup matches have launched a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the hundreds of vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation during the monthlong competit ...

Gallup: Gay Sex, Divorce, Extramarital Sex Reach New Highs of 'Moral Acceptability'
Originally Posted: 05/30/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and inc ...

The Worldwide Obesity Epidemic: It's the Sugar, Folks
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

One of this morning's headlines from Worldcrunch "While You Slept": 'More Than A Third Of The World Is Obese Or Overweight'! One of this morning's he ...

A Pivot on the Peace Island
Originally Posted: 05/27/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

free of charge, 24 hours a day. The local peace center is also open most of the day and evening, ...

Pope Francis Eyes Religious Reconciliation on Trip to Holy Land
Originally Posted: 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi, and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus. It sounds ...

PHOTOS: Rebuilding After Haiyan
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A slideshow of the rebuilding efforts in Tacloban City, Philippines, in the wake of Haiyan. On No ...

In the Wake of Haiyan's Wrath
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR After long delays in relief operations, rebuilding in the Philippines slowly continues. ...

Vatican Says Bureaucratic Reforms Won't Happen Until 2015
Originally Posted: 04/29/2014 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis and his council of eight cardinals are unlikely to complete a radical shakeup of the Holy See’s administration, or Curia, before 2015, the Vatican said Tuesday. Pope ...

Christian Organization Delivers Life-Saving Vaccines
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While ... 24-30 is World Immunization Week . While it is estimated that vaccinations save the lives of 2.5 ... Global Issues, Life and Peace) April 24-30 is World Immunization Week. While it is estimated ...

Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine
Originally Posted: 04/17/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part ...

Shakira, Jude Law, Goldie Hawn And Lang Lang Join Education Emergency Coalition
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Press

April 10, 2014 Sojo in the News A World At School ...

Lessons for Our Democracy from the Not-so-distant Past
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dictator” and “Nazi,” I decided to read William Shirer’s classic book about the real thing. As latter-day partisans fling terms like “dic ...

A New Relationship with Iran
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Magazine Article

As reported, the goal of ongoing negotiations is to open the door to a 24/7 inspection of nuclear facilities ...

Kenneth Bae's 500th Day: Life’s Cycle of Fear, Pain, and Suffering
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

Today marks Korean-American Christian missionary Kenneth Bae’s 500th day in a North Korean prison. ... Bae is a reminder to all of us that Korea remains divided. Brothers and sisters are separated and friends ...

Surprising Insights on Ukraine in the New York Times
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Russia’s desire for power is mimetic, or imitative, and modeled on its rival for power, the United States. Russia wants what the United States has — the prestige of being a global super power — and Russia is w ...

Malaysians Lift up Missing Flight in Prayers
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

Many Malaysians are invoking the power of prayer to aid the massive multinational search operation for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared without a trace early Saturday. ...

Oleksandr Turchynov's Baptist Faith May Help Defuse Ukrainian Crisis
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the c ...

Dumpster Diving As an Act of Faith
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. On a rec ...

#SochiProblems: Hey, Let's Laugh About How Other People Actually Live
Originally Posted: 02/07/2014 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

I laugh along at the steady stream of Olympic mishaps that are being publicly displayed across the Internet, and it’s entertaining to compare the conditions in Russia to our cultural norms. But in reality, the ...

UN Panel Blasts Vatican for Sex Abuse policies
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

A United Nations panel on Wednesday blasted the Vatican for protecting itself rather than victims of sexual abuse, and it called on the Holy See to create what it called an “independent mechanism” to investiga ...

'Salaam, Love' Counters Stereotypes of Muslim Men
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men and how they treat women. Oppressive. Boorish. Misogynist: Those are the popular images of Muslim men a ...

5 Points About the SodaStream-Oxfam Dust-up
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

In the run-up to the Super Bowl, advertisers work hard to get their money’s worth, even before their spot has run. They leak teasers and hype the stars who will appear in them. If they can find a way, they gen ...

Half the Sky
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 4:36pm | Type: Product

Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn ...

A Time to Break Silence on Central African Republic
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

This year, in light of conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, and an often-overlooked war in Central African Republic, we should remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This we ...

LISTEN: Jim Wallis Talks Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 07/07/2014 - 9:20am | Type: Blog

Listen in as Jim Wallis and Sojourners CEO Rob Wilson-Black kick off the new year with a discussion on Pope Francis and the new Pope's influential presence in all kinds of media. ...

Holocaust Survivor Meets her Liberator After 68 Years
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

It’s been almost 70 years, but Marsha Kreuzman still remembers the moment she laid outside the steps of a Nazi crematorium wishing she could die. It’s been almost 70 years, but ...

8 Countries on UN Human Rights Council Restrict Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom, according to a new report from Human Rights W ...

Selfie-Gate: Obama, a Funeral Celebration, and a Scapegoat
Originally Posted: 12/13/2013 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

When taken in context, it seems like Obama's infamous selfie at Mandela's service was reflective of the celebratory, joyful atmosphere typical of a South African memorial service. The only criticism ...

Remembering the Greatest Political Leader of the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Today I had the great honor of saying a prayer at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the most important political leader of the 20th century. Today I had the great honor of ...

Fighting in Central African Republic Is Not About Religion, Archbishop Says
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 11:56pm | Type: Blog

Two French soldiers died as a wave of deadly revenge attacks involving rival Christian and Muslim groups has left the Central African Republic in chaos. Two French soldiers died a ...

Christian and Muslim Dalits Beaten in New Delhi Protest
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday while they were demanding equal constitutional protections. NEW DELHI — P ...

Pope Francis Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Talked-About Topics
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

It’s official, but no big surprise: Pope Francis is now the most-talked-about person on Facebook, according to information released Dec. 10 by the social media giant. ROME — It’s ...

Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the media to task for comparing South Africa’s first black president to Jesus. ...

Shaped by Methodists, Mandela Paid Tribute to Role of Religion
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday, had a deep connection with religious institutions. Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who die ...

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

While unusual to found an organization at age 89, even more unusual is founding an organization with the purpose of saving the world at the end of one’s ninth decade. Nelson Mandela never lost hope. ...

'The Most Important Political Leader of the 20th Century': Jim Wallis on the Life of Nelson Mandela
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement. In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, Presid ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Pentecostal Pastors in Africa Push Prayer, Not Drugs, for People with HIV
Originally Posted: 12/04/2013 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

for the healing ceremony and $24 at the end of the ceremony. The pastor then confiscated her drugs and those ...

The Engine of Change Is on Full Throttle
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

Statistically, most people will have five distinct careers before they retire — partly because they get bored, or burn out, but mostly because their industry of choice fizzles. My ...

Saving 40,000 Lives in Under 3 Minutes
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

United Hatzalah are changing the emergency rapid response game and uniting people of all faiths in the process. How can we save 40,000 lives in under three minutes? That questi ...

Expectations High for Summit between Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 4:48pm | Type: Blog

Next week’s summit between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladmir Putin may be the most important meeting between a pontiff and a visiting head of state in nearly a quarter of a century, with war-torn Syri ...

Hunger Is Not a Game: Why I Volunteered to Be a Tribute
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

He can't light a match, but he's volunteered to follow in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and become a tribute. I cannot start a fire. Often, this is the case even wit ...

Holy Innocents in Pakistan
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Leonard Rodgers Decades ago, Christians and Muslims mingled at Youth for Christ events in Peshawar. What happened? ...