Opinion

Pope Francis needs to stop treating Vatican officials like princes

By Thomas Reese — April 23, 2024
(RNS) — The only way to kill the papal court is to stop making Vatican officials bishops and cardinals.
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How clean water and faith go hand in hand

By Susan Barnett — April 22, 2024
(RNS) — Water purifies and blesses in every religion. But it is more than a symbol: Clean water is a conduit of care and love.

Do homeless people have constitutional rights?

By Kevin Nye — April 22, 2024
(RNS) — Overwhelmingly, faith groups who filed for Johnson v. Grants Pass did so against criminalizing homelessness.

Are we all wicked children?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 22, 2024
(RNS) — I like wicked and rebellious children. They make me think.

From sumptuous engravings to stick-figure sketches, Passover Haggadahs − and their art − have been evolving for centuries

By Rebecca J.W. Jefferson — April 22, 2024
(The Conversation) — A scholar highlights some of the most interesting versions of the Passover text and how they’ve met communities’ changing needs around the world.

Purim, Passover and the formation of memory

By Beth Kissileff — April 19, 2024
(RNS) — An essential part of the memory-making of both Passover and Purim is the hope we find in gathering.

3 things to learn about patience − and impatience − from al-Ghazali, a medieval Islamic scholar

By Liz Bucar — April 19, 2024
(The Conversation) — In religious traditions, patience is more than waiting, or even more than enduring a hardship. But what does patience look like? And when should we not exercise patience?

How to choose a great wine for Passover

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 19, 2024
(RNS) — Red wine, or white, for Passover? This year, why you might choose white wine.

A Muslim valedictorian is abandoned by her own university

By Dilshad Ali — April 18, 2024
(RNS) — The decision to bar Asna Tabassum from speaking shows academic institutions are failing to protect students equally.

What happens when most of the Catholic churches in Baltimore close?

By Mark Silk — April 18, 2024
(RNS) — The loss to local communities is likely to be substantial.

It’s not just young women who have a problem with Mormon temple garments. It’s young adults, period.

By Jana Riess — April 18, 2024
(RNS) — An LDS church leader recently said that garment rules were getting stricter because of the laxity of young women. Let’s expand that to ‘young people.’

Does my alma mater deserve an F in antisemitism?

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 17, 2024
(RNS) — If antisemitism is a test, what does it mean for a college to fail?

Why an organization founded to care for orphans no longer has a children’s home

By Vaughan Stannard — April 17, 2024
(RNS) — Our aim now is to strengthen families to raise thriving children.
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