Opinion

‘My faith has to ride for justice’: Brazil’s Catholic priests mediate fight over land rights

By Chloë-Arizona Fodor — July 17, 2024
(RNS) — In Brazil, the forced removal of vulnerable people from privately owned land has created a role for Catholic priests as mediators between landowners and beleaguered communities.
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People of faith mobilize when our country needs us. This year, democracy needs us.

By Jennifer Walker Thomas and Chris Crawford — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — Helping at the polls aligns with some basic values of faith, from hospitality to honoring our neighbors.

Hawley’s Christian nationalism is the old-time civil religion, weaponized

By Mark Silk — July 16, 2024
(RNS) — The way it was during the Cold War.

New working document points the way for October synod

By Thomas Reese — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — We need to experience synodality to truly understand it, just as we need to experience love to understand it.

Dr. Ruth was a Jewish heroine

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — How many people’s lives became richer and more joyful because of this short, sweet, funny Jewish woman?

God did not save Donald Trump

By Shane Claiborne — July 15, 2024
(RNS) — Did God save the former president, but not those who died instead?

The church is radicalizing over Gaza

By Scott Gustafson — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — Islamists, Zionists and conservative evangelicals are strange extremist bedfellows indeed.

State Department criticizes religious persecution: But will it act?

By Knox Thames — July 12, 2024
(RNS) — For the United States to credibly pronounce human rights to matter, then it must matter in all our relationships, friend and foe alike.

The best rabbi I can be now is a journalist

By Joshua Hammerman — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — Right now, as Jeremiah reminds us, the world needs truth tellers far more than a big hug.

The woman who skipped the Nova music festival on Oct. 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 11, 2024
(RNS) — She was supposed to go. She didn’t. Therein lies a story.

At Buddhist-Christian dialogue, finding solidarity amid shifting religious landscape

By Michael Woolf — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — In a polarized country renegotiating the role of religion in civic life, interfaith partnerships are critical.

Hidden in plain sight: The world’s neglected humanitarian crises 

By Myal Greene and Carol Bremer-Bennett — July 10, 2024
(RNS) — We too often see occasions of incongruence between donor interest and the actual greatest situations of need.

At the Olympics, athletes show guts, glory – and a lot of ink, including tattoos that profess their faith

By Gustavo Morello — July 10, 2024
(The Conversation) — One biblical verse bans tattoos, but the full story of Christianity’s relationship with body modification is more complicated.
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