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President Trump Meets Pope Francis At Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths.

May 24, 2017
Trump, Putin

3 Insane Evangelical Theories About Why The Trump White House Is Imploding

But with support for impeachment steadily increasing, many of the president’s die-hard supporters are struggling to explain the chaos that has engulfed Washington. And few are quite as unhinged as the evangelicals in his base.

May 21, 2017

Why Is Trump’s Vatican Ambassador Pick Controversial?

President Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the United States ambassador to the Vatican, the seat of the Catholic faith. According to CNN, which first reported the development, the White House plans to announce the nomination before Trump’s visit to the city state on May 24.

May 15, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

On Churches In Politics, Trump Does … Nothing

In the executive order he signed Thursday titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” Donald Trump had a rare opportunity to pursue a small yet significant change that would have accomplished both of his stated purposes. Instead, he ceremoniously unveiled a heaping platter of nothingburgers.

May 8, 2017

Pope Francis Delivers Message Of Peace During Egypt Visit

Pope Francis concluded a 27 hour visit to Egypt Saturday, after delivering mass to a crowd of 25,000 Catholics and visiting a seminary. Preaching a message of “peace,” the pontiff tried to reach out to both Christians and Muslims, denouncing those who preach violence in the name of God. Pope Francis said mass in Latin to a vast throng of worshipers gathered at Egypt’s Air Force Stadium Saturday, amid strict security.

May 2, 2017

Pope Francis: The World’s Most Powerful Advocate For Climate Stability

Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the increasing damage being done to the planet and biodiversity by climate change. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the power of persuasion he has. Here are 10 ways he could use his power.

April 26, 2017

Muslim Countries Forming Alliance To Fight Terrorism

The Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism has become known as the Muslim world’s response to the NATO military alliance. Its leaders from Sunni-majority nations want to go after jihadist militants fighting in Libya, Yemen, Nigeria and Cameroon, while helping to free ISIS territories in Iraq and Syria. Members include Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Mali, Chad, Somalia and Nigeria.

April 20, 2017
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

The ‘Coastal Elites’ Are Reclaiming The Mantle Of God And Country

Democrats, liberals, and other “coastal elites” have begun taking back the mantle of God and country that has been denied them since 1980. With Ronald Reagan’s ascent, no one could be more patriotic than a Republican, according to Republicans. But with an authoritarian’s ascent, the Republicans are forfeiting, eagerly, the exclusive claim they once had to “restoring” the Constitution.

February 2, 2017
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a Bible given to him by an audience member at a campaign rally in Windham

Donald Trump’s Greatest Faith Has Always Been In Donald Trump

The apparent willingness of evangelical voters to give him a pass leaves you wondering if perhaps a candidate’s faith no longer matters so much to them.

February 24, 2016

Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch To Hold Historic Meeting In Cuba

Meeting could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

February 5, 2016

How Trump’s Comments On Muslims Fit Into The Country’s History Of Religious Demagoguery

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States has evoked comparisons to episodes in American history in which foreigners or adherents of an unfamiliar religion were stigmatized.

December 30, 2015
President Obama ISIS Turkey speech

Obama Calls Idea Of Religious Preference For Refugees ‘Shameful’

Obama Calls Idea Of Religious Preference For Refugees ‘Shameful’

November 16, 2015

About 1,500 Mormons Resign From Church In Protest Of Same-Sex Policy

About 1,500 Latter-day Saints have submitted letters of resignation from the Mormon Church to protest a new policy barring children of married same-sex couples from being baptized until they are adults, movement organizers said on Sunday.

November 15, 2015
Ben Carson

75 Percent Of Republicans ‘Less Likely’ To Vote For Muslim: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Democrats were less likely to consider religion a factor in assessing candidates.

October 1, 2015

Pope Makes Opposites Attract For A Short Spell

Clearly, he is not in this thing just to be pope; he communicates moral conviction and urgency, especially on climate change and immigration. He is here to get things done.

September 25, 2015
american flag, church, cross

Analysis: How The Presidential Campaign Got Religion

It used to be unseemly for candidates to talk about faith. Not it’s unseemly to not talk about it.

September 14, 2015

Pope Revolutionizes Catholic Marriage Annulment Procedures

Pope Francis on Tuesday revolutionized the procedure for Roman Catholics to get marriage annulments, making them faster and simpler and calling on bishops to provide greater help to divorced couples.

September 8, 2015

GOP Candidates Court Southern Evangelicals

Bush earned wild applause when he said the government should withdraw all funding for groups or clinics that offer abortions.

August 4, 2015

Pope Should Stick To Religion?

“Love one another” — what does that mean in political practice?

July 15, 2015

Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments Case Is Part Of An Age-Old Battle In U.S.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling last week that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol prompted outrage, drew praise and posed a question: Will controversy over religious displays ever end?

July 9, 2015

Pope Francis’ Visit A Respite For Embattled Ecuadorean President

What was supposed to be a brief courtesy visit by the pope to the president at his Carondolet palace on Monday ran much longer than expected when Correa escorted Francis down a winding reception line.

July 8, 2015

Pope Begins Trip To South America

Pope Francis launched the first of two summertime trips to the Americas on Sunday, arriving in Ecuador on a mission to reach and energize some of the hemisphere’s poorest, most marginalized — and most Catholic — populations.

July 6, 2015
antigay, anti-same-sex marriage

What A Gay Day For Christians

I am embarrassed to hear narrow minds masquerading as God’s spokesmen. If you feel free to say to others that God doesn’t approve of who they were born to be, you are inflicting nothing but pain.

July 2, 2015

Pope And Change: Conservatives React To Francis

After having conflated religion and politics for so long, many conservatives now contend with the Pope advancing a progressive vision on some key issues.

June 18, 2015
Mosque

The Paradox Of Fundamentalism

In battling extreme religious orthodoxy, liberal secularists will be more successful if they embrace a certain wariness of their own orthodoxies.

June 4, 2015