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As the World Bank Turns
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marie Dennis The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face. ...

From the Archives: July-August 1996
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos A Latino Pilgrimage “This year we’re going to march together into the Promised Land, ...

Fighting the Real Enemy: Fear
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!" Siham Abu ...

World Refugee Day 2012: Redefine Who Deserves Refugee Protection from Christian Communities
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Who is a refugee in our world today? How does one receive “refugee protection” and is this determination fair and just? On World Refugee Day 2012, June 20, we remember those who have fled persecution because o ...

Coptic Christian Ex-patriots Keep Wary Eye on Egyptian Elections
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The fate of Copts looks as tenuous as ever as Egyptians struggle to determine who won this weekend's first-ever democratic presidential elections. Abdel was born into a Musli ...

Entrepreneur Sees Hope for Clean Water on Wal-Mart Shelves
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

If every American spent $10 per year on his Humankind Water — less than they spend on Halloween candy — it would be enough to nearly eradicate the world's water sanitation problems, a youth minister says. ...

Missionary Mom Returns Home With Unexpected ‘Gift’
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

When Becky Morlock was asked to adopt a son from India, she said a prayer. Then she hired a lawyer. When Becky Morlock was asked to adopt a son from India, she said a prayer. Then ...

Deadly Earthquake Hits Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

As many as 100 people are feared dead in an earthquake and landslide that buried more than 20 houses in northern Afghanistan. From The Associated Press : "As many ...

Episcopal Bishops Ask Obama for Continued Aid to Middle East Hospital
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

nearly $1 million of the hospital’s annual $2.4 million operating budget. Under U.N. policies, ...

Trade Agreements vs. Democracy
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Conrado Olivera and Jed Koball Lawsuits help corporations run roughshod over governments and the environment. ...

Stunned and Hopeful
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 2:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels Few people I know believe peace in the Holy Land is really possible—unless it begins with Israeli and Palestinian Christians ...

Top U.S. official: progress being made in hunt for Joseph Kony
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Coons "encouraged" by U.S. investments in Uganda. Julian Pecquet  reports for  The Hill : Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he was “encouraged” by the prog ...

'A World Journey' Documents the Richness and Beauty of People Around the Globe
Originally Posted: 05/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In a new photo series called “A World Journey,” photographer Jim Stipe documents the people that have made an impact on his travels. Particularly in low income countries, Jim exposes the faces and lives that h ...

Much to Be Done at This Year's G8 Summit
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 10:32am | Type: Blog

JAY NEWTON-SMALL For  Time Magazine ,  Jay Newton-Small  reports on the upcoming G8 summit: Not since the oil shocks that first brought the world’s superpowers togeth ...

China's problems stem from its poor human rights record
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

For The Atlantic, scholar Michael Fullilove on China's poor human rights record and why it matters. For  The Atlantic , scholar  Michael Fullilove  on China's po ...

In Mali, Junta Claims Victory Over 'Counter-Coup'
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

From  Agence France-Presse  late last night: The soldiers who staged a coup in Mali in March said they had defeated a counter-coup by foreign-backed forces loyal to the ousted president in fighting that left 14 people dead.  They called th ...

World Malaria Day Concert for Sierra Leone
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

But the main thrust for engaging the fight against malaria is that it is a preventable disease. When I moved to DC, I –like perhaps most other 20-somethings—imagined this place as ...

Driving Toward Cuba's Future
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson A U.S. church delegation this winter discovered a Cuba at the crossroads of change. T ...

After Pope’s Trip, Catholic Bishops Seek End to Cuba Embargo
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

Following Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Cuba, U.S. Catholic bishops are pushing the State Department to lift the 50-year Cuban embargo in order to improve religious liberty and human rights for the C ...

Vatican Orders Crackdown on American Nuns
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America's 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion ...

Religious Belief Highest in Developing and Catholic Countries
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 5:50pm | Type: Blog

Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries and Catholic societies. ...

Mission Not Accomplished
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Whatever President Obama does at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia this weekend may not be front-page news in the U.S—but for many Colombians trying to make an honest living in their h ...

No Joke: The Beginning of the End of AIDS by 2015
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

Our friends at the ONE Campaign took traditional April 1 tomfoolery and turned it on its head with the new video "I Predict," that uses humor to drive home a stone-cold sober reality: Within three ye ...

Pope Meets with Fidel Castro, Urges More Freedom
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 4:41pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to Cuba on Wednesday (March 28) with an appeal for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church, ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with the island's histo ...

Soul-Searching for Colombia
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It's ripped from the headlines: A young person is killed, but the police seem to be casting aspersions on the victim. It outrages us when it happens in Florida, and it should outrage us just as much when ...

Pope Arrives in Cuba, Blasts Economic ‘Selfishness’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday (March 26), renewing the Catholic Church's pledge to "work tirelessly to better serve all Cubans" as the island strives to "renew and broaden its ...

Obama Nominates Physician, Global Health Expert to Head World Bank
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

In a move that surprised many in the world of economics and politics, on Friday morning President Obama nominated Jim Yong Kim, the South Korea-born physician, anthropologist and president of Dartmouth College ...

A New Hymn for World Water Day
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

This Thursday, March 22nd, is World Water Day. The April 2012 issue of Sojourners includes Ched Myers’ 'Everything Will Live Where the River Goes', a Bible study on water, God, and redemption. See a ...

Report Says Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Europe
Originally Posted: 03/22/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

League, finds that 24 percent of the French population holds anti-Semitic views, up from 20 percent ...

Pope Shenouda Mourned in Funeral (Video)
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians mourn the death of Pope Shenouda III in a funeral mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians mourned the ...

Vatican Concludes Investigation of Clergy Abuse in Ireland
Originally Posted: 03/20/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

VATICAN CITY — Following a yearlong investigation into decades of rampant abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican today called for more rigorous screening of would-be priests and compulsory ...

Pope to Find Challenges, Opportunities in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

A small group of protesters occupied a church in central Havana, illustrating the challenges that Pope Benedict XVI will find in Cuba during a March 23-29 trip. VATICAN CITY--Two ...

Coptic Christians Mourn Death of Pope Shenouda III
Originally Posted: 03/19/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Egyptian Christians are mourning the death of Pope Shenouda III, the longtime leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died on Saturday (March 17) at the age of 88. Egyptian Chri ...

Jews Ask Pope to Push for Aid Worker’s Release in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will use his upcoming trip to Cuba to press for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish man who has languished in a Cuban jail for more than two years, according to Gross' supporters. ...

IRAQ REFLECTION: A Small Miracle in Suleimaniya
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

A Christian peacemaker in Kurdish Iraq responds to the sudden killing of an American Christian school teacher by an Iraqi student. The news spread through the city of Suleimaniya ...

Bono Chimes in on 'Kony 2012'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Amidst controversy over the viral 'Kony 2012' video produced by Invisible Children, Bono lent his words of support in Ireland's Sunday Times edition. Amidst controv ...

Atheists Likely Will Outnumber Christians in the UK by 2032
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:51pm | Type: Blog

Christianity is waning in England and could be outnumbered by nonbelievers within 20 years, according to a new study. LONDON — Christianity is waning in England and could be outnu ...

Jews are World’s Most Migratory Religious Group
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 5:38pm | Type: Blog

One in four of the world's Jews has migrated from one country to another, compared to 5 percent of Christians and 4 percent of Muslims who have left their native lands. WASHI ...

Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet
Originally Posted: 03/08/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

Despite differences over women's ordination and a controversial Vatican initiative to woo back disgruntled Anglicans, Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will pray together in Ro ...

President Obama's AIPAC Speech and Reaction
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

In a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, President Obama urged Israeli leaders to refrain from "loose talk of war" relate ...

Jubilee and Beyond
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

ever, 24 million signatures poured in from 166 countries. BY THE END of 2000, rich nations had ... of Haiti’s debt—but there was no need. Within 24 hours of the international crisis, political leaders ...

What's Next for Jubilee USA?
Originally Posted: 02/10/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eric LeCompte The Bible speaks of a "year of the Lord's favor" -- the year of Jubilee. We need it now more than ever. ...

Why I’m Single But Excited About This Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/13/2012 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

This week is Valentine’s Day, the bane of singles and Scrooges everywhere. I’m just as single this year as every other year — and, indeed, even older than in previous years, which is scary — but for the first ...

Canadian Imams Issue Fatwa Against Honor Killings
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

TORONTO — Muslim clerics in Canada have issued a fatwa against so-called "honor killings" a week after three members of an Afghan family in Montreal were convicted of the murders of four relatives. ...

When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

While Bill and Melinda Gates don't wear their religiosity or spiritual predilections on their sleeves, they most certainly are doing God's work, intervening to care for and advocate on behalf of the ...

Middle East Christians Keep Wary Eye on Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 11:42am | Type: Blog

The Arab Spring uprisings that toppled secular dictatorships have unleashed long-suppressed freedoms that have allowed Islamic parties to gain a share of political power they have been denied for decades. Thei ...

Getting Ready for the 'Palestinian Spring'
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sami Awad Nonviolent resistance will be key to freedom and independence in Palestine. As a Palestinian Christ ...

Fighting Fire with Water
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

to important local religious leaders should raise some serious questions. On Oct. 24, the Acholi Religious ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

The Red Phone
Originally Posted: 01/30/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

There are numerous other situations that bombard my newsfeed every day. They wear me down, anger me, cause me pain, and bring me to tears. If only there were a red phone. How many ...