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    The 280 U.S. Catholic bishops meet this coming week (November 12-15) in Baltimore, with a sharp debate likely over religion and politics, specifically on how much weight the issue of abortion should have in Catholic decisions on how to vote. Joining us to explore the arguments is Father Tom Reese, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center and a longtime authority on the U.S. bishops. More

    November 9, 2007 | Comments

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    Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize for peace. She is a conservationist whose movement has caused the planting of 30 million trees in Kenya and also helped lead to free elections. Recently, Maathai visited Chicago, as Judy Valente reports. More

    November 9, 2007 | Comments

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    To mark Veterans Day weekend, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly senior associate producer Patti Jette Hanley took pictures at Arlington National Cemetery and at St. James Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, where on All Souls Day members of the parish read the names of Americans who died this year in Iraq, commemorating their sacrifice. More

    November 9, 2007 | Comments

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    President Bush admits he’s not always the most articulate man in Washington. Over the years, he has had a lot of help from a speechwriter named Michael Gerson. Gerson has written a new book, HEROIC CONSERVATISM, which recalls his time at the White House. He urges conservatives to broaden their political agenda. Gerson spoke with Kim Lawton. More

    November 2, 2007 | Comments

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    Read more of Kim Lawton’s October 30, 2007 interview with Michael Gerson, author of HEROIC CONSERVATISM. More

    November 2, 2007 | Comments

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    In the aftermath of the epic fires in southern California, worship communities have joined the relief effort well beyond their congregations. Their services are now as much practical as they are spiritual. More

    November 2, 2007 | Comments

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    Polygamy was outlawed by the Mormon Church more than 100 years ago, but it has survived in pockets, largely isolated on the edge of Mormon society and the law. The recent trial and conviction of Warren Jeffs shed some light on the practices of the polygamist group he led, called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Jeffs case has galvanized efforts to rehabilitate children leaving these communities who number anywhere from 600 to 1,000. Correspondent Lucky Severson provides a glimpse into their lives. More

    November 2, 2007 | Comments

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    Read more of Judy Valente’s interview with writer Mary Gordon. More

    October 26, 2007 | Comments

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    Religious conservatives appear to have come out of their Values Voter Summit last week (October 19-21) just as divided as they were going in. All of the major Republican candidates spoke to the gathering. So far, evangelicals have not rallied around any one candidate. More

    October 26, 2007 | Comments

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    In West Virginia, there’s a lively debate about a new experiment with its Medicaid program: giving patients extra medical and pharmacy benefits if they sign a contract to take better care of themselves. More

    October 26, 2007 | Comments