Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“When I was 4 years old in 1940, the idea was that all Protestants were going to hell. I was going down the street with my grandmother and there were two women from the Salvation Army on the other side of the street. I said, ‘Who are they? Monks, nuns?’ My grandmother said: ‘No, they are Protestants.

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment!”

— Pope Francis, in an appeal from “the bottom of my heart” to Israelis and Palestinians to “put an end to the spiral of hatred and violence.”

Quote of the Day: Actor Joshua Jackson

“I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious. I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party.”

— Actor Joshua Jackson explaining to Glamour magazine why he and actress Diane Kruger have not yet tied the knot.

Quote of the Day: Novelist Anne Rice

“The vampires represent those of us in society who feel damned and I am always seeking a way for them and those of us who identify with them to be saved.”

— “Interview With a Vampire” novelist Anne Rice, in an interview with America magazine.

Quote of the Day: The Rev. Susan Russell

“NOW it starts to get real, people! When gay people have the same rights straight people do to get drunk and drive to Las Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator then marriage equality in the USA has crossed a Rubicon for sure.”

— The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., a longtime advocate for gay rights, after a federal appeals court struck down Nevada’s ban on gay marriage, in a Facebook post.

Quote of the Day: Sen. Ted Cruz

“We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS.

Quote of the Day: Sen. Cory Booker

“I’m a Christian & believe we should listen to Athiests especially if they challenge us. Christians have no monopoly on truth.” — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in a tweet

Quote of the Day: The Dalai Lama

“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.”
— The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.

Quote of the day: Sen. Ted Cruz

“If you hate Jewish people then you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.” –Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off the stage when he gave a keynote address Wednesday (Sept. 10) at a Washington, D.C. conference intended to raise awareness of beleaguered Mideast Christians.

Quote of the Day: Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore

“The ‘closed on Sundays’ sign on his stores is a countercultural statement that man does not live by bread alone, and there is more to life than a bottom line.”

— Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore on Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who died Monday.

Quote of the Day: Pastor Victoria Osteen

“When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.” — Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, quoted in a sermon criticized by many Christians for promoting a “me-centered” Christianity.

Quote of the Day: Shimon Peres

“In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse.” –Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, quoted in the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 4).