Topic: Politics

  • We take our annual look back at the top religion and ethics news of the year—Pope Francis and his priorities, such as helping the poor, and also churches divided over homosexuality and same-sex marriage. More

    December 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

  • The first democratically elected president of South Africa died this week at the age of 95. We look back at the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, who led the movement to end apartheid peacefully. More

    December 6, 2013 | Comments (5)

  • For American Catholics, “the election of Kennedy was an important moment in history, where they were recognized and accepted by American society as true Americans,” says Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J. But anti-Catholicism continued to linger until JFK’s assassination, when the 34th president became an American martyr, and it was no longer acceptable to be anti-Catholic. More

    November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • “It is only the threat of force that has brought the Syrians to this point, a point that they’ve resisted for decades,” says Brookings Institution senior fellow William Galston. “So it is unrealistic to forswear the use of force unless and until an agreement can be reached.” More

    September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • Religious leaders in North Carolina are being arrested in growing numbers to protest new laws they say adversely affect the poor, the aging, and children. “There is great biblical precedent for people being arrested,” says Rev. Richard Edens. “It’s a great heritage to be a part of.” More

    August 23, 2013 | Comments (10)

  • “The public and political impact of lived religion across the planet is huge,” says Shaun Casey, head of the new State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. More

    August 9, 2013 | Comments (1)

  • After an IRA explosion in 1987 terrorized the community of Enniskillen, killed 11 Protestants, and injured scores of others, Gordon Wilson, father of one victim, said he forgave the bombers and prayed for the grace to continue to do so. Will the members of the G8 summit meeting in Northern Ireland be able to draw on a similar spirit of peace and reconciliation? More

    June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • “I think the single biggest missing ingredient in our political system right now are real relationships of trust, human relationships where people really think about and care about each other. And that’s right where the church has to be.” More

    May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • Extended Interview

    Watch an extended interview with Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who in 1963 was one of many children who was placed in jail for marching in Birmingham. More

    April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

  • How will the Democratic Party appeal to religious voters without alienating the rising numbers of religiously unaffiliated voters? More

    March 8, 2013 | Comments (12)