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July 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
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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 ...

Poll Says Muslim Brotherhood Has Soured Americans on Egypt
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 1:51pm | Type: Blog

The Islamic political party known as the Muslim Brotherhood has soured American attitudes towards Egypt, arguably America’s most important Arab ally, since its candidate Mohamed Morsi won presidential election ...

Submission: Freedom and Community
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

Freedom has always been important to Americans, but a short-sighted definition of freedom has played havoc with the common good recently. Communities, essential to our survival and well-being, are suffering. ...

Sophoan Rath
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo Four questions for Sophoan Rath. Bio: Tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and survivor of the ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

as a virtual one. We brought in the New Year on a 24-hour "Skype-a-thon" with the kids ...

Gen Xers and the New Cuba
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage A new generation of Cuban Americans encourages broader dialogue. GROWING UP IN the Catholic Chu ...

VIDEO: Shifting the Conversation in North Korea
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Be a part of the movement to redefine the public's perception of North Korea. For decades, ...

A Relentless Faith
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Sylvia Yu Steven Kim won't let anything - not even imprisonment - stop him from his mission to care for the people of North Korea. ...

Sojo Stories: The Preemptive Love Coalition
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

A few weeks back at the Justice Conference we had the chance to sit down with Jeremy Courtney, cofounder of the Preemptive Love Coalition, and tell the story of his amazing work in Iraq providing heart surgery ...

Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Resigns After Sex Accusations
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland resigned on Monday in the wake of explosive charges that he had made “inappropriate” sexual advances to four men, three of them priests, and one now a former seminarian, star ...

A Call for a New Social Covenant
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:06pm | Type: Press

January 24, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis The Huffington Post ...

Celebrating the Miraculous on World AIDS Day
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 1:36pm | Type: Blog

this Saturday, Dec. 1, there is evidence of the miraculous.  After 24 years of commemorating this day ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

Don't Give Up on Global Friendship
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay McLaughlin We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive. WHEN AMBASSADOR C ...

10 Things I Learned in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

"No matter how objective we may think we are or desire to be, we all see the world through a specific telescope/worldview. When we choose to look through the telescope of people who are “different” than u ...

Photo of the Month: Room at the Inn?
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 11:48am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors December 2012 photo of the month. The Sojourners magazine photo of the month ( December 20 ...

Sultans of Satire Aims to Bridge Gaps with Muslims, Arabs Through Comedy
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 10:16pm | Type: Blog

Elgrably started the Sultans of Satire in November 2005, the same month that Comedy Central started its higher profile Axis of Evil comedy tour. Engaging youth has been a goal of the cultural center since its ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...

Study: Muslims and Hindus Less Likely to Have Premarital Sex
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

With their “True Love Waits” jewelry, conferences and T-shirts, Christians may be the face of the abstinence movement, but Muslims and Hindus are more likely to abstain from premarital sex. ...

Kenyan Churches Claim Herbs Threaten HIV/AIDS Patients
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: Blog

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Church leaders are pressing the Kenyan government to scientifically test herbal medicines that are used by millions to manage and treat diseases, saying the nontraditional therapies could be ...

A (Possibly) Significant Development in Muslim-Christian Relations
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 9:06am | Type: Blog

A possibly significant development in Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations is being spear-headed by the Islamic Scholars of North America (ISNA). A possibly significant development i ...

A Lesson in Selflessness
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Here, I had come to bring God to my African friends. Instead, God came to me in this African woman and her child. Peacemaking happens in many forms. Sometimes peace is offered to ...

QUIRK: It's Hard to Change the World, Especially as a Sweet Potato
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than 2.4 million child deaths  —  or more than one third of all ...

Ethiopia: The Face of God
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 9:38pm | Type: Blog

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — When I posted the photograph of a beautiful little Ethiopian girl holding a daisy a few days ago, my friend and fellow God's Politics blogger Christian Piatt responded on Twitter wit ...

Is the British Monarch the ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

As Britain awaits the appointment of the next archbishop of Canterbury to lead both the Church of England and the far-flung Anglican Communion, there's renewed attention on the woman who officially gets t ...

Is Our Debt to China the Key to Global Peace?
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Is our dependence on the Far East a good thing? Depends on how you look at it. We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the national debt lately – particularly during the current el ...

Leila Sansour
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 2:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Six questions for Leila Sansour Bio: Catholic Palestinian film director and founder of th ...

From 'Iron Fist' to Hand of Peace
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 10:03am | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Gangs in El Salvador call a truce from behind prison walls. IN THE TRAGIC, often-hop ...

Judge Orders Man to Study Hinduism After Hate Crime Conviction
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Bell on Sept. 24. “If I have to do it, I’ll do it,” Bell replied. “Do you know why I’ve assigned ...

Pope’s Butler to Face Trial on Saturday
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican's most sensational trial since the end of the Inquisition might end fairly quickly — and with a surprisingly light sentence. The Vatican's most sensational ...

'Love Your Neighbor' Wasn't Just a Suggestion
Originally Posted: 09/28/2012 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

The answer to bad religion is not secularism, as all the “new atheists” like to say; rather, it is better religion. And the best antidote to religious fundamentalism of all stripes is — in every case — the gen ...

Survey: Syrian Rebels Seek Islamic Democracy
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. ...

Here We Go Again?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

If we have the courage and wisdom to learn the backstory — ours and theirs — we can begin to transcend the vicious cycles in which we are now stuck, spinning. Joe Scarborough sa ...

Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...