If anyone tries to tell you that “interfaith relations” or “interfaith understanding” is nice, sweet, gentle and pious … but not really important … just point them to the violence currently consuming Iraq. Improved interfaith relations are absolutely necessary to stop the violence in that country. This is the stuff of peacemaking in today’s world.
Column: In March, the Caribbean island of Grenada welcomed with open arms a nonprofit advocacy group that helps countries facing sovereign debt crises.
Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.
An exhibit of historic maps detailing Vietnam's maritime sovereignty of waters off their coast, recently disputed by China, has been canceled by government authorities.
Anna Ferretti has been married for more than 40 years, and she and her husband are the proud parents of four children. There's only one catch: Her husband is a Catholic priest.
"At first we had to do everything to keep our love secret," said Ferretti, who lives in Naples. "But it was impossible to hide such strong feelings, and we decided to make our relationship public."
Ferretti met her husband, Natale Mele, when she was a student and he was a priest running youth programs in the city's archdiocese.
In 2009, Sr. Mai Thanh of Our Lady welcomed a practical suggestion from the France-based Fraternité Chrétienne Vietnam Cambodge Laos that has made a difference in how people in Ho Chi Minh City receive health care.
The nonprofit, which also provides scholarships for young doctors from northern Vietnam to further their studies in France, proposed that she look for a local partner to help set up a charity clinic.
We say: Yes, the rich are growing richer, but the concentration of wealth is more extreme than most imagine. This is sparking a new look at poverty.
Global Sisters Report: The conflict in South Sudan may not yet be over, and women have been leaders in grass-roots demonstrations to end the conflict.
Non-Christian religions account for only about 5 percent of the U.S. population, according to Pew Research Center's recent study on religious diversity.
The remainder of the U.S. population is made up of Christians and the "religiously unaffiliated," whom the center defined as "those who say they are atheists, agnostics or nothing in particular."
Global Faith: This was not a trip to Jerusalem or Rome, but to Cuba. Our band of 23 were not tourists or service volunteers but pilgrims.