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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
  • RNC 2012: Weather Update

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    8/27/12

    "Managing editor Kim Lawton reports that the weather is continuing to cause problems. On Sunday, the Tea Party ended up meeting in the sanctuary of a Tampa megachurch, and Ralph Reed\'s Faith and Freedom Coalition rallied as well.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
  • Mormon Pageant

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    8/10/12

    It'?s the 75th anniversary of the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant near Palmyra, New York, a lavish spectacle based on the Book of Mormon.
  • Episcopal-to-Catholic Converts

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    8/3/12

    "The theology of Rome, the authority of Rome'?that was appealing to us," says Father Mark Lewis of St. Luke's Parish, the first US Episcopal church to join the Catholic Church under new Vatican rules.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
  • News Roundup

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    7/27/12

    National religion reporter David Gibson says a faith-versus-works debate is underway over the Colorado shooting. Does evil just happen, or can we repair the world?
  • 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.
  • July 20, 2012

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    7/20/12

    The increasing popularity of meditation in schools, corporations, and even in Congress; A desert monastery in Syria that was a center for interfaith dialogue before the violence; Reciting the entire Quran for Ramadan; Muslim Olympic athletes and fasting for Ramadanmoreless
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct

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    7/13/12

    Correspondent Tim O'?Brien examines charges that some federal prosecutors wrongfully withhold from defense attorneys material evidence that could affect the outcome of a trial.
  • 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
  • Buddhist Abbot Nicholas Vreeland

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    "I am a human being, I'?m a Buddhist monk, I am a Westerner," says this sophisticated photographer, and the Dalai Lama has also asked him to lead one of Tibetan Buddhism'?s most important monasteries.moreless
  • Debating Religious Liberty

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    Watch excerpts from interviews about the current debate over religious freedom and the Obama administration'?s contraceptive mandate.
  • 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
  • Juvenile Justice

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    The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Justice Scalia reminded the Court that many states allow it and '?the American people'¦have decided that'?s the rule.'? But Justice Ginsburg suggested such sentencing makes a juvenile '?a throw-away person.'?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
  • Adam Taylor: Hunger, Nutrition, and the G8

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    World Vision'?s Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations says the leaders attending this weekend'?s G8 summit in Washington should invest in agricultural and nutrition programs to lift people out of poverty because '?it'?s the right thing to do, it'?s the moral thing to do, and it'?s the smart thing to do.'? Watch excerpts from our May 16 interview.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.
  • In Memoriam 2011

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    12/16/11

    Watch a slideshow showing some of the prominent people in the world of religion who passed away in 2011. Music by Debbie Friedman.
  • Hanukkah Oil Workshop

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    12/16/11

    Rabbi Mendy Bukiet and his wife Chanie of Bradenton, Florida talked with Jewish children about the significance of oil and the menorah lights in the miracle of Hanukkah.
  • Dr. Brenda

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    11/25/11

    Dr. Brenda Williams and her doctor-husband Joe have started a project in South Carolina called Do Right for families, children, inmates and others. The program also has been buying houses for needy families who participate in the program by "doing right." To qualify, they must perform weekly community service and be active participants in religious organizations.moreless
  • 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
  • Spirituality and Humor

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    11/18/11

    "There's a fundamental misunderstanding that says religion needs to be serious all the time and gloomy and dour," says Rev. James Martin, S.J., author of "Between Heaven and Mirth." He believes humor is good for one's spiritual health.moreless
  • Penn State and Clergy Sex Abuse Parallels

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    11/18/11

    The sex abuse scandal at Penn State "reopens a wound" for the church. Watch Kevin Eckstrom, editor of Religion News Service, and Kim Lawton, managing editor of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, compare what happened at Penn State and the long-running sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church.moreless
  • Jokes from Father Jim

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    11/16/11

    Rev. James Martin, S.J., author of Between Heaven and Mirth and chaplain for comedian Stephen Colbert, tells some jokes during his interview with Kim Lawton and during his October 13, 2011 talk at Georgetown University.moreless
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