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VP Debate: Tim Kaine and American Religion in Flux

Tim Kaine’s faith story is an essential part of his stump speech. At the vice presidential debate, the Democratic candidate mentioned his missionary year in his response to the first question, then …

Pope Francis’ ‘Joy of Love’ Exhortation Won’t Resolve Catholic Tensions on Marriage and Sex

This post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times. When my parents went to schedule my older brother’s baptism at a Catholic church, the priest told them their baby was a bastard. …

Change Is Happening in the Catholic Church, Just Not on Holy Thursday

This post originally appeared on On Being with Krista Tippett. Even when I feel disconnected from my faith, Holy Thursday draws me to church. The call to follow Jesus’ example and wash …

Jim Wallis: Black Lives Matter’s Challenge to Faith Leaders

Progressive Evangelical leader Jim Wallis wants Christians to take on the challenges of racism in the United States. He spoke about race, religion and Black Lives Matter with the USC Cecil Murray …

Will a Thriving Singles Scene Renew American Catholicism?

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. As the choir rehearses before St. Monica’s Sunday evening Mass, two blond women in skinny jeans slide into a pew in the rear of the …

Los Angeles Rallies Around Muslim Americans After Terrorist Attacks

Japanese and Muslim American groups, as well as other supporters, gathered for a candlelight vigil in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood to remember the victims of recent terrorist attacks and stand up …

Learning from History: The Japanese Internment and Reactions to Muslim Americans

When Roanoke, Virginia Mayor David Bowers referred to the internment of the Japanese Americans in the context of the terrorist attacks by ISIS, he wasn’t the first to see the parallels between …

Praying for Rain in California

This piece originally appeared in the Yale ISM Review. “As an American Indian, all my life I have been cursed with the myth of the ‘Indian rain dance,’” Johnny P. Flynn wrote …

Is the Pope’s Concern for Immigration Just a “Numbers Game”?

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Pope Francis may differ greatly in tone from Pope Benedict, but on many social issues Francis can expect the same pushback his predecessor received in …

With Young Adult Catholics in Decline, Who’s Going to See Pope Francis?

This article originally appeared on Religion News Service: LOS ANGELES (RNS) When Regina Bunye catches sight of Pope Francis in Philadelphia on Saturday (Sept. 26), it won’t be her first glimpse of the …

Pope Francis Visits the United States

(Updated throughout the week.) Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States this week, following his trip to Cuba. He’ll be meeting with President Barack Obama, addressing Congress and the …

Pope Francis Loves Nuns, But Can the Divide Between Sisters and Vatican Be Healed?

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Pope Francis confessed his love for a woman—for many women, actually—on national television this month. After talking with immigrant families in McAllen, Texas on the …

Katy Perry’s Not the Only One Who Wants to Live in a Convent

This post originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square. TIME.com also published the piece. I moved into a convent 10 years ago this summer. My roommates were not Catholic sisters, but other recent …

With Religious Affiliation on the Decline, What Should Happen to Hallowed Buildings?

This post originally appeared on Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog. Katy Perry wants to live in a convent. No, she is not among the young women who want to become a …

Pope Francis Has Spoken on Climate Change – Here’s What Catholic Sisters Are Doing About It

Pope Francis says climate change is real and human activity plays a role in rising temperatures. Neither the content of his encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home,” nor …

Could Pope Francis Change Hearts and Minds on Immigration on a Global Scale?

This article originally appeared on Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog. A few months into his papacy, Pope Francis took his first trip out of Rome to Lampedusa, the Italian island through …

What Ireland’s “Yes” Vote for Gay Marriage Says About Being Catholic

With 62 percent of Ireland voting for the legalization of gay marriage, both liberal and conservative commentators have lamented/celebrated the death of the church in Ireland this week. “The Irish Church’s failures …

Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education

Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education Megan Sweas, Author (Harper Collins Publishers: 2014) The story of how the Cristo Rey Network’s values-based education model and …