Making a Difference: While this agreement is not perfect -- very few agreements are -- it is a solid, good agreement for the world.
Peace & Justice
Today's Gospel opens after a period of great activity and ominous events. Jesus was rejected at home, so he went to other places and sent his disciples to preach in his name. They came back successful, but burdened and frightened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist. It was time for Jesus and his friends to regroup and discern God's will for them.
Already, forces are arrayed against the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, even though the ink has barely dried on the 100-page document. The lead antagonist is of course Israel, led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with Israel, the second most significant group in opposition consists of members of the United States Congress.
As she prepared for her mission — scaling the 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina Statehouse to bring down the Confederate flag — Bree Newsome reread the biblical story of David and Goliath.
A youth organizer with Ignite NC, a nonprofit group challenging voting laws, Newsome appeared briefly to raucous cheers July 11 on the main stage of the Wild Goose Festival after speaking to a smaller crowd at the four-day camp revival that celebrates spirituality, arts and justice.
Coal is not the only subject to give Catholic responsible investors pause. What about investing in companies that materially contribute to war? Or oil and gas? Or same-sex marriage?
With little fanfare, the banner was lowered from its perch alongside a Confederate memorial near the Capitol.
Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins."
"I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.
Speaking on the final morning of his less than 48-hour visit to Bolivia, the pope called for conversion and a changing of attitudes among inmates in their relations among each other and the broader society, which often views such populations with suspicions.
Book review: Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders makes the case that all Christians, wittingly or not, are often a silent party to violence.
We say: People of faith who want to move beyond the horror and outrage caused by the Charleston shooting must learn two hard lessons.
Book reviews: What price do men and women pay when they grow up in systems that prize love, justice and mercy, then serve in wars that undermine those values?