Religion & Spirituality
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In the last two conclaves, the cardinals elected “the smartest man in the room,” says Father Tom Reese. “Should they do that again, or should they elect someone who will listen to all the other smart people in the church?”
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After Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise announcement that he is resigning, the Roman Catholic Church is preparing for a conclave, where cardinals under the age of 80 will gather to elect his successor. Managing editor Kim Lawton looked at the centuries-old process of selecting the pope.
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Sister Maureen Fiedler, host of the public radio program “Interfaith Voices,” asks if lurking among the papal candidates there is “a pope who will look at the human equality of all persons, including men and women.”
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"I look forward to seeing who our next Holy Father is and how he is going to move the church into the future,” says Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor for the Catholic Association.
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Haris Tarin, director of the Washington, DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, says Pope Benedict XVI was outspoken on Syria, preemptive war, human rights abuses, and Middle East peace, and he leaves behind an overall legacy of “quite a positive interaction” between Christians and Muslims.
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This Catholic theologian says the church needs a new pope who is a man of the world with pastoral sensitivity, someone who will “walk in the shoes of Peter.”
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On Ash Wednesday, outside St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., we spoke with Catholics about their reaction to the news that Pope Benedict will step down at the end of February, and what they hope to see in his successor.
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Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, suggests that the next pope should turn to other bishops around the world to “help him carry the burden of leading the church.”
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On the news of his death in Jerusalem on February 10, we reprise excerpts from managing editor Kim Lawton’s 1999 interview with this eminent Jewish philosopher, leader of liberal Orthodoxy, and founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute who said, “I believe that the fundamental mission of the Jewish people is to be a vision of [...]
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The Christian message, says musical artist Lecrae, “rocked me in a way I’d never been rocked.” But now his Christian music is being described as “phenomenally relevant” and “musically edgy,” and it has achieved huge mainstream success.
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“Holiness is the vocation of all Christians. It’s what we’re called to be. It doesn’t mean to be canonized. It doesn’t mean to be called 'saint'…It means to be the person God wants us to be, to be a person whose life reflects the love of Christ.”
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The latest news from Timbuktu, according to Professor Shamil Jeppie, is that 25,000 Islamic manuscripts were quietly moved out of the fabled Saharan city to protect them from destruction by Islamist militants.