October 17, 2021

The Catholic Church’s two-year synodal process formally opened Oct. 10 at the Vatican. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia By William Clark of College of the Holy Cross On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called “a synod on synodality,” officially known as “Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church.” In brief, the process involves an expansion of an established institution, called the “Synod of Bishops.” This means that bishops around the world will consult with everyone from parishioners to… Read more

October 14, 2021

Environmentalism may seem like a new mindset, especially in the Church. But care for creation has been woven into Catholicism for centuries. Read more

October 11, 2021

A historian of the Bible in American life explains how Bible verses are being picked out of context to make a case for the anti-vaxxer movement. Read more

October 10, 2021

More houses of worship are offering mental health programs, especially African American congregations. Read more

October 6, 2021

Growing numbers of young evangelicals and ‘Exvangelicals’ are pro-LGBTQ, support #BlackLivesMatter – or are fed up altogether with mixing faith and politics. Read more

July 8, 2021

The current dalai lama was enthroned when he was about 4 years old. AP Photo/Antonio Calanni By Brooke Schedneck of Rhodes College The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, is turning 86 on July 6, 2021. With his advancing age, the question of who will succeed him has become more pressing. One of the most recognizable faces of Buddhism, the dalai lama is an important figure bringing Buddhist teachings to the international community. The successor to… Read more

June 28, 2021

Biden is not the first public figure to whom the Catholic Church wants to deny Communion. Over the centuries, the Church has often come under criticism for either denying or giving Communion. Read more

June 26, 2021

Traumatic events can make people question assumptions about their lives, including their spiritual beliefs. Read more

May 26, 2021

Public health officials and religious conservatives fought over church closures. Data now shows that those who attended worship more frequently in the pandemic reported higher rates of the virus. Read more

May 19, 2021

Excommunicating a church member, like ‘canceling’ someone on social media, serves to cleanse the body politic of behavior deemed damaging, suggests a scholar of political theology. Read more

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