Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the U.S. comes as people and politicians in both countries increasingly support ending an economic embargo that has lasted for more than five decades.
The first Republican debate is now history and the polls and pundits are quickly making decisions about who won and who lost.
The letter, from more than 70 Catholic and Christian leaders, asks all presidential candidates to put forward plans to address the two issues.
Eco Catholic: "It's a time for the church to be bold, to speak about major issues, and to achieve a new level of relevance in people's lives."
Polling shows that most Americans want their president to be religious. An atheist candidate does not — if you’ll excuse the pun — “have a prayer.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), who launched his presidential campaign Monday,often talks about faith, and went into depth about his religious convictions in his 2012 book, An American Son: A Memoir.
Here are five faith facts about this Catholic son of Cuban immigrants who has also found comfort in Mormonism and a Southern Baptist church:
1. He was once a serious, young Mormon
A not-insignificant part of the diplomatic coup pulled off by the White House and Cuban leaders Dec. 17 was that hardly anyone knew they had been working toward a reset in relations between the two neighbors and longtime antagonists.
NCR Today: Resources for peace in Gaza; Rick Santorum; immigration issues; fired bishop of Toowoomba, Australia, writes memoir; and much more.
NCR Today: Conflict continues in Israel, Palestine; U.S. Senator to deliver policy address at CUA; Texas governor sending troops to border; Australian teachers go on strike
My thinking about “climate change deniers” has progressed over the last few years, from amusement to utter frustration. Now, I’m ready to say to these folks: Believe what you want to believe … as private citizens. But don’t run for public office.