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  • RNC 2012: Ralph Reed Interview

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    8/27/12

    "Managing editor Kim Lawton talked with Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, in Tampa. Watch excerpts from their conversation about Paul Ryan\'s Catholicism, how to reach evangelical voters, and why Reed thinks Obama "doesn\'t have a good story to tell."moreless
  • Response to Sikh Temple Shooting

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    8/10/12

    '?The spirit of resilience is deep in the heart of the Sikh faith,'? says Valarie Kaur, a Sikh woman from Auburn Seminary in New York. '?Sikhs have died for their turbans, died for their faith, but drawn from their faith to rise up again and not be afraid.'?moreless
  • Father Paolo Dall'Oglio: aPlease Take Care of Syriaa

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    7/31/12

    Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest and leader of the Deir Mar Musa monastery in Syria, was exiled last month for criticizing President Bashar al-Assad. On July 23, he spoke at an interfaith iftar meal in Arlington, Virginia. Dall'?Oglio warned against the increasing violence in Syria and acknowledged what he sees as an urgent need for international outreach and intervention.moreless
  • Islamic Art Galleries

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    7/27/12

    The many works on view at the Met in New York demonstrate how artistic motifs were shared and used by people of different faiths in different regions over the centuries.
  • Religious Responses to Supreme Court Decisions

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    Individual liberty versus the common good and the ongoing need for comprehensive immigration reform were among the issues religious groups continued to debate as the High Court'?s current term came to a close.moreless
  • Craig Dykstra: Religion and Lilly Endowment

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    Dr. Craig Dykstra is retiring this summer as head of the Lilly Endowment'?s religion division. On his watch, the endowment has made grants of nearly 1.8 billion dollars, much of it to help strengthen congregations and pastors. Bob Abernethy interviews Dykstra and others about his hopes and results.moreless
  • Niger Famine and Re-Greening

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    "Drought does not need to mean famine," according to Niger's president, who adds that the country is tired of needing help and not being able to feed its own people. "We need to escape from emergency aid. We need to help our population produce and provide for itself."moreless
  • E.J. Dionne: Religion Is Always There

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    The Washington Post columnist talks religion and politics with correspondent Kim Lawton. Will Catholic voters be moved by the US bishops'? appeals to religious liberty? Can President Obama make any inroads with evangelical conservatives? What role will Mitt Romney'?s Mormon faith play? Have the Democrats backed away from working with religious voters?moreless
  • United Farm Workers 50th Anniversary

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    "It was the first successful labor union for farmworkers,'? says author Miriam Pawel. '?It was very much the civil rights movement of the West,". But fifty years after its founding by the late Cesar Chavez, the UFW is struggling to retain membership and influence.moreless
  • Catholic Bishops: What's at Stake?

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    The US Catholic bishops hold their semi-annual meeting next week in Atlanta amid new tensions between US nuns and the Church, and a swirling scandal at the Vatican over leaked documents. Watch our conversation about what'?s at stake for the bishops with Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief at Religion News Service, and Patricia Zapor, staff writer at Catholic News Service.moreless
  • Women in Theology and Ministry

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    More and more Christian women are graduating from seminary and pursuing careers in theology and ministry. Kim Lawton visits Union Theological Seminary in NYC and talks with its first female president, Serene Jones, about the opportunities for women in theology, as well as the limitations they still face.moreless
  • African-American Spirituals

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    Generations of African slaves found a powerful way of singing through suffering in spirituals that were rooted in biblical stories and images.
  • Father Martin Laird on Contemplation

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    12/16/11

    Martin Laird, an Augustinian priest at Villanova University, teaches the ancient Christian practice of contemplation in order to "quiet the mind" and have a deep awareness of union with God.
  • Donor Fatigue

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    11/25/11

    The problems in troubled regions like Somalia are long term and at least partially man-made. In the minds of donors, that's very different from sudden disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how two Minnesota charities are dealing with so-called donor fatigue as they respond to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.moreless
  • Richard Rohr

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    11/11/11

    Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has become a widely popular author and lecturer with his message about the importance of spiritual experience. His new book is "Falling Upward," about moving beyond everyday self-interest into lives of prayer and contemplation.moreless
  • Religious Pilgrimage

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    11/4/11

    Virginia Raguin is a professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and the curator of a traveling exhibit on pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. We spoke to her about pilgrimage in different religious traditions at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.moreless
  • Wounded Soldiers Center

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    10/28/11

    The first battle many seriously wounded soldiers face is whether they want to go on with their lives and then endure the long, painful process of healing, often alone. Doctors have learned that wounded soldiers heal faster and more completely when they have family around them. That's what happens here at the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio.moreless
  • Religion at Occupy Wall Street

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    10/28/11

    Growing numbers of leaders from across the religious spectrum have been supporting Occupy Wall Street's protest against greed and economic inequity.
  • Campaign 2012: Republican Presidential Candidates

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    10/21/11

    Evangelicals are a key Republican constituency, especially in the primary season, and they still appear to be up for grabs.
  • Multifaith Theological Education

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    10/21/11

    The Claremont School of Theology, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and the Academy for Jewish Religion California are partners in a new effort to educate leaders for churches, synagogues, and mosques in shared classes.moreless
  • Advance Directives

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    10/21/11

    In La Crosse, Wisconsin, 96 percent of all adults die with a completed advance directive. The directives are often based on end-of-life conversations that reflect a patient's spiritual and ethical values.
  • Simchat Torah

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    10/14/11

    "It's an expression of the love for our Torah, our teachings. It's also a great way to begin the New Year," says Rabbi Ravid Shnever, spiritual leader of Kehila Chadasha and the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center of Greater Washington.moreless
  • Supreme Court: Ministerial Exception

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    10/7/11

    "If anything is covered by separation of church and state, this is it," says lawyer Douglas Laycock, who argued for the Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School, and nearly 100 diverse religious groups filed briefs supporting a church's right to choose its own ministers.moreless
  • HIgher Ground

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    10/6/11

    Writer and author Frederica Mathewes-Green comments on actress Vera Farmiga's latest film, "Higher Ground," which also marks Farmiga's debut as a director. Farmiga plays Corinne, a woman who struggles with faith, doubt, and evangelical Christianity.moreless
  • Surrogate Mothers in India

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    9/30/11

    "The contracts are usually written to protect the wealthy people who are commissioning the baby," says University of Pennsylvania ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan.
  • Catholic Charities and Gay Adoption

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    9/30/11

    Catholic Charities in Illinois refuses to accept same-sex couples for adoption or foster parenting. Should the state, which recognizes civil unions, withdraw its funding of the charity?
  • Christians in the Holy Land Extended Excerpts

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    7/29/11

    Watch more of Kim Lawton's interviews about the plight of Christians in the Holy Land and faith-based efforts to support them with sociologist Bernard Sabella, professor at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem; David Parsons, media director at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols; and Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.moreless
  • Builders of Hope

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    5/20/11

    "We were building million-dollar vacation town homes, and we were displacing people," says Nancy Murray, founder and CEO of Builders of Hope, and then "I started getting a conscience."
  • New Report on Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis

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    5/20/11

    A new study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice rules out celibacy and homosexuality as causes of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis.
  • New Roman Missal

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    5/20/11

    Father Larry Janowski says the new, more literal translation of the words of the Mass from the original Latin are "like sawdust in the mouth. They're difficult to say."
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