Making a Difference: Instead of fueling war, we need to pressure our government to provide assistance to those suffering because of the Islamic State.
The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220, activists said Thursday.
The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr over the past three days by the militants, who control vast swaths of Syria and Iraq.
The abductions, which started Monday, caused thousands of residents to flee and become refugees in nearby cities.
Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama's veto Tuesday of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country's midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change.
Analysis: Not so long ago, we expected our presidents to adhere to some faith, but few were obsessed with parsing out his views on specific doctrines.
There was a petty war of words last week over a very serious contest of ideas. The trivialities can be laid once more at the feet of President Barack Obama's opponents, who never miss an opportunity to degrade him. First among his detractors was former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
On the one hand, it proposes to sunset military action after three years. On the other, it contains no geographic limitations and uses foggy language.
Young Voices: As transgender individuals remain underserved by our Catholic community, an increased commitment to developing adequate pastoral resources is desperately needed.
Cuban parents who sent their unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s for fear of communist indoctrination under Fidel Castro made the right decision.
That was the conclusion of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe Estevez, who was one of four Cuban experts on a panel convened in Jacksonville at a time of expected shifts in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.
After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God's name, President Barack Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating "violent extremism" that seems to focus only on Muslims.
The back-to-back controversies raise the question: Can Obama -- or any president -- walk the tightrope of religious rhetoric in today's political crosswinds?
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.