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Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:24pm | 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 - 5:53pm | 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 - 11:28am | 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 - 7:06pm | 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 - 4:33pm | 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 - 4:37pm | 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 - 4:15pm | 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 - 12:14pm | 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 - 5:48pm | 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 - 2:02pm | 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 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

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

U.S. Denies Spying on Vatican Cardinals Ahead of Conclave
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

A spokeswoman for the National Security Agency denied reports from a leading Italian news magazine that U.S. spies may have listened in on conversations from inside the Vatican leading up to the March conclave ...

Report Says U.S. Tapped Cardinals’ Phones Ahead of Conclave
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

The National Security Agency spied on cardinals as they prepared to select the new pope — perhaps including even Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who emerged from last spring’s conclave as Pope Francis, a leading Ita ...

What Does the World Church's Geographical Shift Mean for Christianity?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

The statistical center of gravity of Christianity, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson says, has today moved from near Madrid in 1910 to Timbuktu, in Northern Mali, Africa. "It is the most dramatic geographical sh ...

With 10 Deaths so Far this Year, are Mormon Missionaries Safe?
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

among missionaries — as they are for all men and women ages 18 to 24. Not surprisingly, missionaries ...

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Science for the sake of science, or religion for the sake of religion, nearly always possesses within it the potential for great danger, especially if the humanity that both were meant to serve comes second to ...

Teaching Congolese Refugees Self-sufficiency Gains Nun U.N. Recognition
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Angélique Namaika, a Roman Catholic nun, rides a bicycle on the rutted roads of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Orientale, which is plagued by rebel violence. ...

Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights, the Middle East and Pope Francis
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:08pm | Type: Blog

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, continues to speak around the globe on justice and peace. ...

Buddhists Expelled from Malaysia for Praying in Muslim Hall
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The government of Malaysia expelled a group of Singaporean tourists for chanting Buddhist prayers inside an Islamic prayer room where they erected a large Buddhist painting on the wall facing Mecca. ...

Political Islam on the Defensive Across the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam. Divisions reach from top leaders to the street. ...

Commentary: Islamist Suppression Could Reach U.S. Shores
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

In regular 20-year cycles, starting with Nasser in the 1950s, the Egyptian military regime has launched brutal campaigns of repression against its Islamist opponents. Although each of those previous suppressio ...

Schismatic African Priests Want a Pope to Call Their Own
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:41pm | Type: Blog

Schismatic Roman Catholic priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to lead them. The priests say they regret their former church is “allergic” to change. ...

New Muslim Superhero? A Wonder Woman-like Education Warrior
Originally Posted: 08/12/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s new animated television series, “Burka Avenger,” features a female Muslim teacher disguised in a tight black outfit with a cape and ninja-style head cover who throws heavy books and sharp pens at me ...

Pope Francis: the Improbable Pop Culture Icon
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair has named him Man of the Year. The Washington Post Wonkblog, of all places, quotes him in a post on forgiveness. Ross Douthat in The New York Times nods approvingly at a piec ...

Pakistan TV Show Gives Away Babies at Ramadan
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

For several years, Aamir Liaqat Hussain followed a typical talk-show format of interviewing celebrities, staging games, giving away cars and household appliances. This year during Ramadan — which ends later th ...

Former Charity Head Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Vatican
Originally Posted: 08/05/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett replaces theologian Miguel Diaz, and gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poo ...

Gaza: The Persistent Paradox
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Rodrick Beiler Gaza, a land at once ugly and impoverished—and beautiful and rich. IN "SILENCE FOR G ...

Missing Jesuit Priest in Syria Presumed Kidnapped
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

A prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad went missing in Syria Monday, fueling speculation that he has been kidnapped by an Islamist gro ...

Choosing Royal Babies Over Abu Ghraib
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

To fall victim to the intoxicating distraction of pleasantries when our neighbors suffer stands in violent opposition to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By now most of the ...

Learning to Love Complexity
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

In the modern global connectedness, our future depends on making our way through a minefield of things we don’t understand and can’t reduce to crime-drama simplicity. Tumult in Eg ...

Pope Francis Decries ‘Globalization of Indifference’
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

In his first official trip outside Rome since his election, Pope Francis visited the tiny island of Lampedusa off the coast of Sicily on Monday, hoping to show solidarity to African migrants who risk their liv ...

BREAKING: Morsi Is Out as Egyptian President
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. An emergency mee ...

Stories Worth Telling
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We need to hear more about the people committed to peace. IN HER JEWISH school in Montreal, Roni ...

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Visitors Say Benedict XVI is in Declining Health
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Just months after becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, reports are surfacing that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is in poor health with diminished stature and energy. ...

A 'Redeemable Revolution'
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Theresa Webb An interview with Sen. Ehab El Kharrat, a Christian member of Egypt's Parliament, on why he sees the country as a ...

A Holy Land Without Christians?
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling. LIKE MANY ...

Finding Hope and Wholeness in My Son’s Return to Africa
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

Malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea-related fatalities remain high in Malawi. So does unemployment, particularly among younger workers in urban areas such as Blantyre, where it is approximately 70 percent. But ...

Food Aid Reforms Could Save Millions of Lives
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

There might be big changes coming to the United States food aid program this year, and it could save millions of lives. There might be big changes coming to the United States food ...

Candida Moss Debunks the ‘Myth’ of Christian Persecution
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Too many modern Christians invoke, to lamentable effect, an ancient history of persecution that didn’t exist, Moss argues in her newly published book, 'The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invent ...

Catholic Population Surges Across the Global South
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Gains in Asia and Africa are making up for losses in Europe among the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, according to Vatican statistics released Monday, signaling a shift of the church’s center of ...

The Man in Row 26
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels How small my world gets when I'm not paying attention. OUR PLANE SITS at the gate in Brusse ...

Three Popes at Vatican as Francis Welcomes Head of Egypt’s Copts
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Friday met with Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, an encounter that brought the number of popes within the Vatican walls to three this week. ...

Religious Leaders Push for Kidnapped Bishops’ Release
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

Religious leaders from around the world have stepped up their pleas for the safe return of two Syrian bishops who were kidnapped April 22 by armed men as they were driving near the war-torn city of Aleppo. ...

Atheists Postpone Protests After Bangladeshi Disaster
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Several atheist protests planned for Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates were postponed in the wake of Wednesday’s building collapse that killed at least 244 people in that country’s capital, ...

Jerusalem Court Upholds Women’s Prayer Rights at Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Women who want to wear prayer shawls while praying in the women’s section of the Western Wall are not breaking the law, according to a landmark decision handed down Thursday by the Jerusalem Distri ...

(VIDEO) Stories That Change the World
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Rather than just offer you more “ideas” about the common good, we are going to offer you some stories about how ordinary people are creating it. Stories are what change the world ...

What Would Jesus Do With An Extra $52 Billion?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

churches, the nation’s more than 238 million self-identified Christians on average give away only 2.4 percent of their income annually. That 2.4 percent is hardly chump change, amounting to $125 billion ...

Atheists Rally Around Jailed Bangladeshi Bloggers
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

An international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release of several Bangladeshi bloggers who were arrested on charges of blasp ...