Pope Francis said the death penalty, can never be sanctioned because it ‘attacks’ the inherent dignity of all humans.
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Pope Francis has said that death penalty violates the dignity of a person. But, this might just deepen the debate among Christians, who for a long time have been divided over the issue.
Does your morality come from your religion? Not really. Trafalgar Square (Stop B), London, United Kingdom.
Many believe their morality comes from their religion. But evidence suggests that people’s opinion of what God thinks is actually what they believe is right and wrong, not the other way around.
In 2014, in, a small town in northern Israel, Christian worshippers gathered next to a statue of the Virgin Mary, that they said ‘weeps’ oil.
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Throughout Catholic history, miracles have been attributed to Virgin Mary's power. She is understood to cry not only over the sins of the world, but over the pain she experienced in her earthly life.
Illustration of Dante’s Paradiso.
Giovanni di Paolo
Different cultural groups respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. An expert explains the Christian idea of heaven.
Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.”
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July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
In June, 2009, people were invited to bring their firearms without bullets during a service at the New Bethel Church Louisville, Ky.
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There is a long line of well-armed American preachers -- both real and fictional -- in US history and culture, confirming perhaps the view that true justice cannot be enforced by institutions alone.
Guitarist David Hinds at Reggae on the Rocks in Denver, Colorado.
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Reggae is the musical expression of Rastafari, a belief system of migrants to Jamaica. A popular song, 'Rivers of Babylon,' offers a window into their spirituality and longing for their homeland.
Britain’s Queen Mother Elizabeth chats with Eric North, secretary of the American Bible Society, during a visit to the organization’s headquarters in New York City on Oct. 28, 1954.
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The American Bible Society, with an annual revenue of nearly $370 million, is one of the largest religious nonprofits, and a highly influential one.
The Mormon church is still grappling with a racial past.
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Forty years ago, the Mormon church reversed restrictions on its members of African-American descent. Today, the church wants to celebrate the value of its diversity.
Evangelical Christian educator, Paige Patterson.
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With controversial Christian educators like Paige Patterson who believe that the Bible teaches women to submit to men, it matters to know today that evangelicals encouraged women's education in the past.
Former FBI Director James Comey.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Here are three lessons that former FBI Director James Comey, took from the 20th-century American Christian philosopher, Reinhold Niebuhr.
Jim Caviezel as Luke and James Faulkner as Paul in ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ.’
'Paul, Apostle of Christ' is an enjoyable movie but its sugary message is like a can of soda: easy to swallow but not good for you with ideals that have have been manipulated to project a golden era.
Christ as depicted in the film Jesus of Montreal.
Christ can't simply be seen as a religious figure when his life and teaching were so political.
The remains of what has been identified as Isaiah’s seal.
Ouria Tadmor/ Eilat Mazar
The discovery of the signature of Christianity's favourite prophet has caused a stir, but what does it mean?
Puzzle: fragments of 2,000-year-old scrolls before reassembly.
Shay Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority, The Leon Levy Library of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Painstaking reconstruction of fragments of text has revealed the working draft of an ancient Jewish calendar and priestly duty schedule.
Worshippers at Ash Wednesday mass.
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Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'
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We may imagine Jesus in long robes with baggy sleeves, but this is far from how he would have dressed.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas in Oct. 2016.
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Trump embraced evangelicals in his first year as president. Here, scholars provide historical context to how the religious right has shaped American politics over the past decades.
Animals are commonly found in creche sets, but surprisingly not in the Bible.
The animals that are so familiar in Christmas cards and carols did not begin to make an appearance until hundreds of years after Jesus' birth.
Hanging church courtyard tile mural showing holy family traveling.
Daniel Mayer (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Family is not a clearly defined structure in the story: It isn’t biological or reflective of some 'norm.' It is instead a choice to stick together, come what may.