Pope Francis is presiding over a divided church.
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Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Latin Mass in 2007 in an olive branch to traditionalists. His successor hopes reversing that decision may better serve unity in the church.
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has called on the denomination to focus on its theological mission.
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The SBC is meeting amid divisions, controversy and dwindling numbers. But in pushing rhetoric over its theological mission, the denomination is tapping into a history of white supremacy.
President Joe Biden’s progressive values jar with the conservatism of some Catholic bishops.
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Communion is the central act of Catholic worship. So why are some US bishops trying to stop President Joe Biden – a devout Catholic – from partaking?
A form of ‘canceling’ was common among Baptists in America.
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Excommunicating a church member, like 'canceling' someone on social media, serves to cleanse the body politic of behavior deemed damaging, suggests a scholar of political theology.
Caliban implores his fellow island dwellers to listen to the noises in “The Tempest.”
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Scholars have scoured the works of the great playwright for clues about his faith. A scholar of theology and Shakespeare's works says it isn't as simple as that.
The famine in Samaria was one of many depicted in the Bible.
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Famine was a constant threat during biblical times. The authors of the Old Testament used it to explain God's wrath, but also as a narrative device.
What is behind the confusion about Catholics taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
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Divisions among Catholics have created doubts about the moral acceptability of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An expert explains why there isn't one 'Catholic view' on the issue.
The Bible contains many stories of migration, including that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
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Many within the political left and right draw on the Bible to inform their views on immigration, but neglect to take into account how foreigners were treated under the Roman Empire during the time of Jesus.
Trumpeting the past? The Bible has conflicting narratives over the conquest of Canaan.
The New York Times' 1619 project and Donald Trump's 1776 Commission had very different interpretations of US history. Similarly, the Bible has more than one narrative.
A statue of Bishop Richard Allen outside the historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.
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As a PBS documentary explores the history of the Black Church, a scholar looks at how African American congregations in Philadelphia weathered crises over 200 years.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola with Pope Paul III.
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For many, New Year's resolutions do not last more than a few days or weeks. A theologian writes how we can learn from the challenges and reflections of Saint Ignatius.
A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem.
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The differences in the Gospels are hard to reconcile. That's because, says a scholar, they offer an important insight into the Greco-Roman views of ethnic identity.
Many evangelical voters believe they found a protector in chief in Donald Trump.
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When Trump leaves the White House in January, many American evangelicals will feel that they've lost their protector in chief.
Joe Biden quoted Pope Francis in speeches ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
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The US Catholic Church is more diverse and more divided than it was in JFK's time. Biden could offer an opportunity for the church to move beyond so-called "culture war" issues.
Voters mark their ballots at a church in Stamford, Conn.
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A theologian argues, based on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, that a political institution has its limits when it comes to being called 'sacred.'
Volunteers outside the Christian Cultural Center in New York register new voters as part of the ‘Souls to the Polls’ initiative.
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From the civil rights era to the 2020 election, Black Churches have been at the forefront of encouraging voter registration -- and fighting voter suppression.
Pope Francis’ comments on same-sex unions underline his commitment to justice for all.
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The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.
You don’t need rose-tinted spectacles to find joy – even in the most stressful times.
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The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Your country needs YOU to be a critical friend.
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From medieval thinkers to James Baldwin, loving one's country has never meant you can't be critical of it too.
Rep. John Lewis attends church services at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma.
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A professor of homiletics explores the different personas Black preachers wear in the public sphere and how this has often been misunderstood.