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Gay row overshadows opening of landmark Catholic Church synod

With Pope Francis having been dragged into the United States' debate over gay marriage and a high-ranking priest accusing the Vatican on Saturday of "institutionalised homophobia" in his 'coming out' speech, the synod appears as if it has been called solely to address the question of the Church's …

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

Though only 10 percent of American forces see combat, the U.S. military now has the highest rate of post-traumatic stress disorder in its history. Sebastian Junger investigates.<p>The first time I experienced what I now understand to be post-traumatic stress disorder, I was in a subway station in New …

The Complex Power Coupledom of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and political activist Sean Eldridge were once the ultimate team, but Hughes’s controversial purchase of The New Republic and Eldridge’s failed run for Congress made the once-heroes villains. Sarah Ellison looks at what knocked them off the pedestal.<p>On the morning …

The Case of Bowe Bergdahl

The Army sergeant will be in court for a preliminary hearing into whether he deserted his post in Afghanistan.<p>Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was taken from a pickup truck on June 4, 2014, and escorted to a helicopter after five years of captivity. His Taliban captors traded him for five senior members of …

Bowe Bergdahl

How ‘Faith-Based Film’ Became a Dirty Term

Hollywood is getting hip to the Christian box-office boost, but the directors of movies like Captive don’t want to be lumped in with the religious flops of the past.<p>At times, it seems like religious films have become an entitlement program for former A-list actors who are low on work. September’s <i>90</i> …

Box Office

Why Fiorina Won

The only female candidate on the GOP debate stage proved she could hang with the boys—but also represent “women all over this country.”<p>Carly Fiorina stood out on the GOP debate stage last night in large part because she, well, literally stood out. The sole female candidate, the royal blue in a sea …

Government

A Breath and Then the Shock of Life

A father's photographs of the violent beauty in birth<p>After the birth of his first child, Christian Berthelot was stunned. What had just happened? “When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix,” Berthelot said. “He was like a warrior who has …

Pregnancy

This week, the teenage inventor gained global attention after being arrested for bringing a clock he made to his high school in Irving, Texas<p>Above all else, Ahmed Mohamed wants some sleep.<p>Early Thursday afternoon, when he would be in school if he weren’t suspended, he curled his 14-year-old frame …

Middle School

13 best reads for understanding Pope Francis

“The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” by Austen Ivereigh. Photo courtesy of Picador Publicity<p>(RNS) The pope has drawn …

Pope Francis

What to Make of Pope Francis Now?

As Pope Francis heads to Cuba and the United States this month, with an itinerary that includes visits to the Castros, the U.S. Congress, the White House, the United Nations General Assembly, and a major Catholic convocation in Philadelphia, the measure of his accomplishments and further promise …

How Pope Francis Became the People’s Pontiff

As Pope Francis arrives in the U.S.—to speak before Congress, visit Ground Zero, and address the U.N.—his inner circle talks to Paul Elie about why he is so different, so compelling, and so beloved.<p>Two summers ago my friend Agustín, an Argentinean graduate student on pilgrimage in Rome, filed into …

A papal visit can't heal these wounds | The Washington Post

Published on September 17, 2015<p>WILLOW GROVE, PA.<p>A statue of the Virgin Mary, bordered by mums, graces the verdant lawn of the McIlmail residence. In the driveway and on the suburban street are three Chevy Impalas, one of them formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, long the family’s …

White House Invites Several Opponents of Catholic Teaching to Greet Pope Francis

President Obama will apparently test just how far Pope Francis’ notorious tolerance will go by inviting a rogue’s gallery of people opposed to …

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 10: How Religion Informs My Parenting

The Daddy Diaries.<p>Chapter 10. The Jew in The Lotus.<p>If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how I could be both Buddhist and Jewish, I'd be an Episcopalian by now.<p>Background: I am fully, fluently, fervently Jewish--my grandfather was a rabbi, as was my great grandfather and great great …

What’s the difference between Apocalyptic Islam & the “last days” according to Bible prophecy?

<b>UPDATED:</b> Shana Tova! Sunday evening at sundown in Israel begins a new Jewish year. And as we begin, the region is full of anxiety over what the …

14 Commandments for a Happy Soul and Life

BY Elyse Santilli September 11, 2015<p><b>1. Choose happiness. Radiate it.</b><p>Happiness is a choice and an energy you can cultivate on a daily basis. Do your …

God’s Power Will Guard You

God is guarding an infinitely valuable inheritance for you in heaven, and guarding you through faith to make sure you receive it. In this lab, John …

Few feminists dare criticise Islam. To see why, look at the ones who do

Over the weekend, a Muslim conference held near Paris was interrupted when two Femen activists stormed the stage during a talk given by two fundamentalist preachers. The focus of the talk was on the role of women in Islam and, according to Inna Shevchenko – Femen’s founder member – they were …

What The Universe Is Really Trying To Tell You

This weekend, I lost a very young beloved friend, way too early. And the spiritual retreat center where I have sought solace, wisdom, healing, and …

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Like Ahmed Mohamed, Steve Wozniak Was Also Arrested for Building Something Cool in High School

There was no shortage of support for the 14-year-old Texas boy arrested for bringing a homemade clock, which his teachers mistook for a bomb, to school.<p>On Wednesday, <b>President Obama</b> asked <b>Ahmed Mohamed</b> in a tweet if he wanted to bring the clock to the White House. He also scored an invite to Facebook …

Synod members should include sensus fidei

Family members attend Pope Francis' celebration of Mass in Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, July 7. (CNS/Paul Haring)<p>Pope Francis has called for …

Theology

Students’ synod questionnaire meets with surprisingly wide response

Deeply disappointed by the complicated language and low level of distribution of the official Vatican questionnaire issued before the Synod of …

Catholicism

Groups seek to broaden input on issues for family synod

Members of Fortunate Families participate in a prayer vigil outside Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit in March 2014. (Newscom/ZUMA Press/Jim West)<p>The …

Catholicism

African theologians, bishops cry out for more expansive synod discussions

Assumption Sr. Veronica Rop of Kenya and Sr. Wilhelmina Uhai, a member of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in Tanzania, are seen at the …

Catholicism