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Military mantra, Catholic faith drove terminally ill woman to meet the pope

Pope Francis embraces Cheryl Tobin, who has stage IV cancer, during his general audience at the Vatican May 11. Tobin, from Clarksville, Tenn., was …


Mary: First Guardian of the Faith

As we saw last time, the biblical authors and the Fathers of the Church see in Mary a figure who is a fulfillment of prophecy, just as Jesus is. …


From Hurt to Healing: More LGBTQ Reclaiming Faith

<i>Photo by E.C. Iwata</i><p>As we see the affiliated "none" numbers rise, religious shifts, from doctrinal reforms and latest church cultures, are criticized for their apparent hollowness. But what is to make of the other stat reports? Specifically, Evangelical Christianity and those who identify as gay …


What’s Systematic Theology and Why Bother?

Systematic theology means answering the question: “What does the whole Bible say to us today about any given topic?”<p>It means searching the Bible to …

How Pope Benedict May Have Cracked Open the Door to Women Deacons

With all the hand-wringing this week about <b>women deacons,</b> one significant change to canon law has been largely overlooked.<p>It happened in 2009, when …

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Lady Gaga Defends Her Catholic Faith After Posting This Photo to Instagram

Pop icon Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is speaking out about her Catholic faith after receiving what she felt was chastisement from a Catholic culture website.<p>The exchange was sparked by an Instagram photo Gaga posted earlier this week, thanking Father John Duffell of Blessed …

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