World Religions

Daniel Luzer March 22, 2019

“No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition,” wrote George Bernard Shaw in ”Androcles and the Lion,” “than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus.” Shaw’s line captures the outsize and frankly uneasy influence that St. Paul had on the early church.

Pope Francis, right, and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb pose for a photo at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Gerard O’Connell February 04, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.

“The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer,” 1883, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (Wikimedia Commons)
Terrance Klein October 31, 2018
No one dies for God as an unspeakable mystery, as simply the word we use for the openness of the human spirit.
Jordan Denari Duffner October 24, 2018
Two timely texts can help elevate our thinking and improve the ways we relate to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Chinese Bishop Joseph Li Shan baptizes a woman during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, on Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
Yaqiu Wang October 05, 2018
The provisional agreement between the Vatican and Beijing gives no assurance the government will curb its recent crackdown on religious practice, which includes unprecedented control over Muslims and Buddhists.
A retired bishop waits to hear confession at an unofficial Catholic church in Youtong village, Hebei Province, China. (CNS photo/Thomas Peter, Reuters)
Kevin Clarke August 24, 2018
Several watchdog groups say that religious freedom around the world is taking a beating, and the Catholic pastoral group Aid to the Church in Need says the persecution of Christians is “today worse than at any time in history.”