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The 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate and the Catholic Outreach to Islam

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, which dealt with the relation of the church to non-Christian religions that transformed church doctrine about Jews and other faiths. Nostra Aetate originated from the realization of … Continue reading

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Two Books about Pope Francis and Church Reform

Ever since Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the papacy two years ago, I’ve been a big fan of Pope Francis. Though I am an ex-Catholic who disagrees with some Catholic doctrine, I still have the greatest affection for the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Speaks Out Against the Persecution of Christians

For the past few years, there has been a wave of persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt, Christians are the target of Islamic extremists. In Nigeria, … Continue reading

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More News About Christians Fighting for LGBT Rights

Many people have a stereotype that all Christians are homophobes who are against any laws that protect the rights of LGBT individuals. In 2008, for instance, the Evangelical, Roman Catholic and Mormon Church lobbied strongly for the passage of Proposition … Continue reading

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Admiring Pope Francis

One of the great joys of the past year has been in watching how Pope Francis’s papacy has unfolded in his first few months. He has emphasized the church’s historical role in championing the rights of the poor and the … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Poor and the Church

Recently, Pope Francis issued forth the apostolic exhortation Evanellii Gaudium, which has set forth his vision on the direction that he wants the Roman Catholic Church to take during his papacy. In his exhortation, Pope Francis urges Roman Catholics and … Continue reading

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Nostra Aetate and the Church’s Relationship With Muslims and Jews

When I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings I was shocked and saddened at the suffering of the victims of the bombing. Americans came together to help the victims of the bombings get medical attention, shelter, food and monetary donations. … Continue reading

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