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“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion” must always be condemned, Pope Francis stated on Feb. 2 at a conference focused on this subject. “The religious person knows that among the greatest blasphemies is to invoke God as the justification for one’s own sins and crimes, to invoke him in order to […] Read More

Pope Francis addressed again the “lamentable situation” of migrants and refugees, calling global Christians to commit to concrete action “at every stage of the migratory experience.” Though published Aug. 21, his statement was written on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15) and noted a connection between Mary and migrants: “The Holy Mother […] Read More

Churches are on the front line of responding to homelessness because of how often people call on their doors asking for money. I grew up in a vicarage and homeless people (or “tramps” as we called them) used to come to our door to ask for help. My mom would make sandwiches, but I remember […] Read More

A man came asking for help while I was visiting with the church’s minister recently. He was not from London, but his wife had just been discharged from a local hospital following an emergency operation. They had nowhere to stay and no money for a hotel, so he was asking for cash to help them […] Read More

Pope Francis stressed that addressing the global refugee crisis requires an urgent, coordinated response based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Fear, indifference and rejection of refugees is “rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist rhetoric,” he asserted during his Feb. 21 address at the International Forum on Migration and Peace. Citing […] Read More

Pope Francis recently denounced human trafficking in the strongest language, saying, “These are very grave crimes that hit the weakest of the weak.” Both Hebrew and Christian Scriptures remind us that God expects us to protect the most vulnerable among us. Today, sadly, these vulnerable people are among us as modern-day slaves, held in bondage […] Read More

A majority of U.S. adults across all categories continue to view Pope Francis favorably, according to the Pew Research Center. Eighty percent of Catholics hold a favorable view, compared to 72 percent of white, mainline Protestants and 53 percent of white evangelicals. Since his election, the pope’s favorability rating has trended upward – moving from […] Read More

Every election year, we see the influence of a demographic voting block, often pitched as a uniform and monolithic movement, called “evangelicalism.” Evangelicalism, a loosely defined subculture in American Christianity, rose to political prominence under the Christian Coalition in the late 1970s and has championed major reforms and legislation that transcend partisanship. Now, nearly 40 […] Read More

Pope Francis addressed the global migrant-refugee crisis in his speech to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on Monday, urging a focus on human rights, global solidarity and compassion. The pontiff’s opening remarks stressed the importance of religious freedom and interfaith engagement for peaceful co-existence and the pursuit of the common good. “Every […] Read More

Is the Paris climate agreement an offer of “jam tomorrow,” to quote the White Queen’s offer in “Alice in Wonderland”? COP 21 sought to build on the agreement of the COP 17 “Durban Platform” adopted in 2011, which called for a legally binding international treaty in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the establishment […] Read More