From a pair of popes to gay marriage to terrorism, Rudin summarizes what he thinks are the top 10 religion stories from 2013.
Commentary: In his recent apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis has touched a third rail in conservative American politics. So begins the backlash.
Commentary: I never expect to be affirmed for what I do. So it was shocking to receive affirmation for my efforts from the pope.
Commentary: Pope Francis' latest letter signals church reform is forging ahead, but headwinds in the Vatican curia may alter the course.
In a petition circulated online, Change.org minces no words: "NAACP: Hire the First Woman President in the NAACP's 104 year History."
Commentary: The food stamp debate is about more than simply balancing our federal budget -- it's about our values as a nation.
Commentary: Laypeople, ministers and hierarchs and other members of the church have the same dignity, and they should treat each other with respect.
Commentary: The decision by Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar of El Salvador to close its human rights office, Tutela Legal, is sudden and poorly explained.
Commentary: Today is the 45th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. It makes me cringe.
Commentary: Like many parents, I have to have "that talk" with my son: The talk about countless black men beaten and killed by white authorities.