Deah Barakat took my class "Islam in the Modern World" at N.C. State University a few years ago. He was curious about Islamic history, contemporary spiritual and political movements and was great in class discussions. I've taught thousands of students in the last 11 years here, but Deah stood out for his enthusiasm, kindness, calm demeanor and obvious charisma.
Faith & Parish
The Legion of Christ has emerged from several years of high-stakes litigation accusing it of engaging in tactics of fraudulent deception in bilking elderly Catholics.
The 430,000-square-foot museum will have a facade modeled after various printed manuscripts of the Bible and stained-glass windows from Germany.
This year's college freshmen are less concerned with their religious identity and more concerned about their future job prospects.
Or at least that's according to an annual survey, The American Freshman, released recently by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey included responses from more than 153,000 college freshmen at 227 schools nationwide.
The continuing controversy surrounding San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's attempt to emphasize Catholic teaching on sexuality in the San Francisco high schools under his control is, among other things, about how we understand Catholic identity.
In the context of our secular society, it is good and necessary for a diocesan bishop to focus on Catholic identity.
Faith and Justice: A Louisiana court case has raised several issues in regards to whether or not a priest can reveal the content of a confession in court.
A nationwide measles outbreak has fostered an ongoing debate about people's social obligation to have themselves and their children vaccinated.
More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say the Islamic State terrorist group offers a true representation of Islamic society, according to a pair of new surveys by LifeWay Research.
The owner of St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center has agreed to set aside $20 million from its pending sale of those hospitals for charitable care.
In a news release Wednesday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said nonprofit Ascension Health agreed to the set-aside after concerns raised by his office that the money be made available for acute indigent care.
Parish Diary: In the last eight years, our two sister parishes have together built over 200 new houses for the poorest of the poor and repaired another 30 homes.