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Joanne M. Pierce

Joanne M. Pierce is an author at Religion News Service.

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Holy Week starts off with lots of palms – but Palm Sunday’s donkey is just as important to the story

By Joanne M. Pierce — April 5, 2023
(The Conversation) — Donkeys and palm leaves are both associated with Christianity’s Palm Sunday – but their symbolism couldn’t be more different.

Catholic conflicts on marriage continue, even decades after Vatican II

By Joanne M. Pierce — December 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Catholics disagree over how to adapt the church’s doctrine and practices, especially marriage, to different cultures.

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at a time of deep religious divisions and worked to bring tolerance

By Joanne M. Pierce — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.

Pope Francis’ visit to Malta highlights the role of St. George Preca, an advocate for teaching the gospel

By Joanne M. Pierce — May 5, 2022
(The Conversation) — Malta’s St. George Preca was canonized in 2007. Pope Francis’ visit to Malta renewed attention on Preca’s life and work and how it could provide guidance for the welfare of refugees.

Why are some Roman Catholic saints called doctors of the church?

By Joanne M. Pierce — February 9, 2022
(The Conversation) — Saints are recognized for exceptional virtue and faith. But some also are commemorated for their scholarship.

Caring for the environment has a long Catholic lineage – hundreds of years before Pope Francis

By Joanne M. Pierce — October 8, 2021
(The Conversation) — Environmentalism may seem like a new mindset, especially in the Church. But care for creation has been woven into Catholicism for centuries.
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