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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 ...

“We Need to Talk” Saudi Arabian Contemporary Art
Originally Posted: 01/25/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

Saudi Arabia’s first public display of contemporary art opened last weekend in Jeddah. The National reports that the city was crowded as people visited the raw concrete building that features more than 50 pieces from 22 local artists, under t ...

"Helping One is Better than Helping None"
Originally Posted: 01/24/2012 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

“I've never felt compelled to step out of the reporter's role to help someone this way. This time, with this person, I did,” Watson says. “Roya is an extraordinary young woman, the daughter of a fath ...

Forget The Firm--Meet Francia
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Most real-life law students I've met are at way, way less risk of being murdered than their counterparts in a John Grisham novel--except for Francia Marquez. Most real-life l ...

Two Smart Cookies: Girl Scouts' Wired Campaign Calls Cookie Folk to Clean Up Act
Originally Posted: 01/20/2012 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

We're once again in that sugary time of year, Girl Scout cookie season — but, as two Girl Scouts from Ann Arbor, Mich., want you to know, there's palm oil in those cookies, as there is in many foods ...

Is Iran the New Iraq?
Originally Posted: 01/18/2012 - 9:07am | Type: Blog

It’s hard to remember the warm-up to the Iraq war now almost 10 years old. Following the devastating experience of 9/11 (Sept. 11, 2001), the United States experienced enormous national feelings of anger and s ...

Two Years After a Devastating Earthquake: Hope for a New Haiti
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Indeed, we need to plant ourselves at the gates of hope and work toward a just peace, on Earth as it is in heaven. Haiti will always be Haiti. It will never change. That's wh ...

Fifty Years of USAID: There is Hope Ahead
Originally Posted: 01/09/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

But one thing that remains is USAID. 2012 marks the agency’s 50th anniversary, and its commitment to global political, economic and social development has been sustained since its foundation in 1961. USAID ha ...

The Year of the Protester
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

According to TIME Magazine, 2011 is the year of “The Protester.” I love seeing who is chosen as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Pres ...

The Cuban Journal
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this month, Sojourners board member and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, journeyed to Cuba with a delegation of religious leaders from the National C ...

Progress, Proof, Promise: Advent Expectations for the End of AIDS
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

Looking at all the progress we have made, especially in the last 10 years, it is a moment for us to not only celebrate, but in the words of President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, “recommit ourselves,” to end th ...

Bono Fights the Good Fight
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

"If the church doesn't respond to this, the church will be made irrelevant." - Bono, 2003 Today marks the anniversary of World AIDS Day. The USAID estimates th ...

World AIDS Day 2012: Mountains are Moving
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

With continued investment we are just a few years away from preventing nearly ALL children from being born with the virus. In our day to day lives it is safe to assume that most o ...

We Paid for Them
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 5:22pm | Type: Magazine Article

Peter Maybarduk The U.S. should put publicly funded medicines in reach of the world's poor. IN THE LATE ...

Groaning for Justice
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

How we assist other countries in their development is an issue of justice. The Occupy movement. Elections. A deficit crisis that seems impenetrable. The problems facing the United ...

Revolution 2.0: Fulfilling Egypt's Democratic Promise
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

There were no speeches, but constant chanting rose from groups throughout the Square, all with a similar message: Military rule must end. This past Friday, my wife (and fellow pea ...

O Come Ye, O Come Ye to Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

What one quickly learns when visiting Bethlehem is that the political climate today is quite similar to the one that was prevailing during the time of Jesus. “O come ye, O come ye ...

The Gift of Goat
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

I look back on my selfishness as a teen and see how blind I was to the idea of grace — to the beauty and significance of my aunt and uncle’s gift. Some 15 years ago, my aunt and ...

'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered': New U2 Album Aids Victims of East Africa Famine
Originally Posted: 11/17/2011 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

All of the proceeds from the album, 'Ǎhk-Toong Bāy-Bi Covered,' featuring Patti Smith, Snow Patrol, Depeche Mode, Jack White, The Fray and others covering U2's famous 1991 album 'Achtung Ba ...

The moral injuries of war in Iraq
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Press

October 28, 2011 Sojo in the News Liz Lefebvre ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

Holy Land Farce
Originally Posted: 10/14/2011 - 2:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

of fellow-travelers who would buy tickets for the event’s August 24 keynote a “life-changing, and I think planet ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

Doing Nothing is Not an Option -- United to End Genocide
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Last weekend, I had the privilege of spending some time at the End Genocide Action Summit, which brought people from all over the world to Washington, D.C., to learn about and fight against genocide ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

Faith Without Borders
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Whose responsibility was it to feed the 30,000 hungry children in the Horn of Africa who have starved to death in the last three months? Who should be ensuring that no child in this world dies before his or h ...