For years Catholics and evangelical Protestants have found common cause especially in opposing abortion and homosexual practice, including gay marriage and challenges to Christian privilege. They have also stood together to assert their right to conscientiously object to laws they find morally repugnant.
It happened again. Here at "Interfaith Voices," we got a second call from the State Department, asking if we would be willing to host a group of overseas visitors for a dialogue about interfaith relations and our public radio show. In February, our first visitors were Afghan clerics, both Sunni and Shiite imams. This time, it was a group of 10 African leaders from eight different nations: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda. Most were Muslim.
On the back wall of the stone cottage behind the Bolduc House in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the Doctrine of Discovery is posted. It was published on May 4, 1493, as the Inter Caetera Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. There is a petition to Pope Francis to rescind it on the Romero Institute's website.
According to the BBC, Myanmar will go to the polls Nov. 8 in its first open general election in 25 years, a senior election official said.
The official said the date would be formally announced later Wednesday.
Reform has been underway since 2010, when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government.
The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party will square off with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. She won elections in 1990 that were scrapped.
Days after the 4th of July, a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) paints a disjointed picture of American beliefs regarding the value of public protests, “American Exceptionalism,” America’s moral legitimacy, what is “truly” American, whether America remains a “Christian Nation,” and whether Christians in America are being “persecuted.”
Pope Francis told Catholic students and educators that care for the environment is a God-given mission. "God does not only give us life: he gives us the earth."
A well-intentioned argument is developing among some Westerners, urging the evacuation of Christians from the Middle East. These Westerners reason that because no one will defend the Middle Eastern Christians, they should be resettled elsewhere.
National Catholic Reporter was named first in "General Excellence" among national Catholic newspapers for the 14th time in 15 years June 26 by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.
"The National Catholic Reporter is superb. The variety of story of topics was unmatched by any other paper and the editorials, cartoons, and graphics were excellent," the judges wrote in announcing the winners.