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Looking Back - After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream...
Looking Back - After almost 20 years of distinctive coverage of religion on mainstream...
Conflict Resolution in Public Schools - Judy Valente reports on Conflict Resolution...
500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation - 2017 marks 500 years since theologian...
Religious Reaction to Trump Executive Orders - During his first week in office, President...
Religion and the New Trump Administration - As Donald Trump takes office, faith-based...
Martin Luther King Jr. and Today's Millennials - Correspondent Dan Lothian interviews Rev...
Brexit and London's Muslim Mayor - Despite hate crimes, anti-immigrant speech and Britain...
Look Ahead to 2017 - The annual special program looking ahead to the top religion and...
Look Back at 2016 - The annual special program looking back at the top religion and...
Mercy Chefs - In this season of giving, Kim Lawton reports on the Christian nonprofit...
Restoring the Buffalos - A hundred years ago, the U.S. government oversaw the slaughter...
Salt Lake City Refugee Resettlement - Among the many debates surrounding President-elect...
America's Incarcerated - Tim O'Brien explores why this country has so many people in...
Post-Election Analysis - How religious groups voted in Tuesday's dramatic election and...
Morally Conflicted Voters - As voters head to the polls, many have strong negative...
Election 2016: Candidates' Religious Backgrounds - Hillary Clinton is a United Methodist...
Election 2016: Catholic Voters - As part of the program's ongoing election coverage, Kim...
Creating Working Schools in Liberia - West Africa's Liberia was founded by freed American...
Shaun Casey on Religion and Diplomacy - This week, the US State Department sponsored a...
New African American Museum - The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American...
One Extraordinary Church - It's the House for all Sinners and Saints in Denver, a widely...
9/11 Fifteenth Anniversary - New York University Chaplains Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi...
The Singing Monks of Norcia; Digital Addiction; Church Ushers
Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric - With suggestions of banning Muslims from...
Faith-Based Relief in Louisiana Flooding - Historic flooding in the greater Baton Rouge...
Sunni-Shia Harmony - In many parts of the world, Sunni and Shia Muslims are locked in...
Noah's Ark Park - Lucky Severson visits Noah's Ark Park which opened in July in...
Religion and the 2016 Democratic National Convention - Managing Editor Kim Lawton has a...
Religion and the 2016 Republican National Convention - Religious groups have played an...
Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin - Music critics say during his more than 20-year-long career...
The Supreme Court - The Court ended its term after handing down a number of decisions...
Mormon Welfare - There may be other charities that are larger, or more helpful, but the...
Religious Responses to Orlando Massacre - In the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub...
Doctors' End-of-Life Discussions - As Lucky Severson reports, many patients who don't...
Payday Loans - The Federal Government this past week unveiled plans to regulate the...
Candidates Reach Out To Evangelical - With evangelicals-a mainstay of the Republican...
Mississippi "Religious Freedom" Law - Mississippi has enacted a new law there that says...
Jews in Cochin, India - For 900 years there has been a small Jewish community on India's...
Christian Arbitration - Christian arbitration is required in a growing number of business...
Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric - With suggestions of banning Muslims from...
Digital Addiction - Americans are increasingly dependent on their digital devices, and...
Pope Francis' Family Document - On Friday, the Vatican will release Pope Francis' widely...
SCOTUS Contraception Mandate - This week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments about...
Religion in Cuba - As President Obama embarks on his trip to Cuba this weekend, what is...
The Aga Khan - Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, a sub...
Healing Moral Wounds of War - 2.6 million U.S. service members have returned from the...
U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Case - Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments...
Pope at the Border - Pope Francis' visit to the US-Mexican border this week is...
Hamtramck, Michigan Muslims - Hamtramck, Michigan was once the home of an auto-...
Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva Controversy - Some Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Yeshivas in New York are...
India Beef Ban - In India, where Hindus who make up 80% of the population have long...
Doctors' End-of-Life Discussions - As Lucky Severson reports, many patients who don't...
Faith Groups and Big Business - Faith groups have been attempting to use their influence...
Look Ahead to 2016 - The annual special program looking ahead to the top religion and...
Look Back at 2015 - The annual special program looking back at the top religion and...
Zaytuna College - As Lucky Severson reports, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California is...
Religious Response to Calls for Banning Muslims - GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump...
SCOTUS Affirmative Action - On December 9, the US Supreme Court will again take up the...
Faith-based Activism on Climate Change - World leaders are gathering in Paris next week...
A New Medellin - Between civil war in its streets and massive drug traffic, the city of...
China and Climate Change - Next month in Paris world leaders will gather to see if they...
If the Oceans Were Ink - American journalist Carla Power spent a year studying the Quran...
Organizations like Catholic Relief Services confront an unprecedented humanitarian crisis...
Casa del Migrante offers safe harbor to those fleeing violence and poverty in Central...
Physician Barry Kerzin brings Buddhist compassion and meditation to Western medicine; an...
The pope has returned to Rome, but his words and actions are still being debated; and...
Pope Francis energized American Catholics and others with his message of peace,...
Excitement builds for American Catholics ahead of the pope's arrival Tuesday for five...
The case of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and same-sex marriage has raised questions...
Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty provides world-class heart surgery that even India's poorest can...
A small African-American town in Louisiana has been overrun by petrochemical plants and...
Rebuilding continues a decade after the devastating floods, and church leaders in New...
The US has more people in prison than any other country in the world, and a...
The Cuban government is showing signs of being more open to religious life in Cuba; women...
A madrasa in Pakistan is proving that an Islamic school can offer a useful education...
In South Carolina, a symbol of racial hatred has been removed, but deep divisions remain...
The Supreme Court's decision upholding same-sex marriage sharply divided communities of...
The Supreme Court upholds Obamacare and recognizes same-sex marriages nationwide;...
In south Louisiana, faith-based activists are trying to help vulnerable communities...
A law that provides the poor with free access to contraceptives in the Philippines is at...
The growing number of Latino converts to Islam face challenges inside and outside their...
Medical technology allows premature and critically ill newborns to survive, but it also...
A Presbyterian minister encourages seminary students to pursue service and social justice...
Three North Carolina universities have experienced growing hostility and violence toward...
Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene Sutton discusses the moral voice of churches in...
Growing social acceptance of gay marriage and an upcoming Supreme Court case cause some...
What happens if computers become capable of human intelligence and moral decision-making...
We talk with Rev. Thomas Reese, senior analyst at the National Catholic Reporter, about...
Entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley are merging faith with technology; popular...
Faith gives the retired NFL star and his wife the strength to cope with cancer and death...
Fifty years ago, the civil rights struggle in Alabama culminated in a march from Selma to...
The growing appeal of ISIS and other extremist groups in the West (Originally aired...
US Muslims pursue programs to counter extremist recruiting; the age-old Hindu reverence...
Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council on terrorism, religion, and violent...
Bay Ridge United Methodist Church in Brooklyn offers a $33,000 prize for the best...
A conversation about the US measles outbreak; parents who refuse to vaccinate their...
A new program encourages seminaries and divinity schools to teach more science; a...
Religious reaction to the State of the Union speech; a historic Eastern Orthodox seminary...
Muslims respond to renewed debates about Islam and extremism; a charity in India provides...
Controversy over experiments conducted by social media companies—like Facebook—on their...
What's likely to make headlines in the new year? From ISIS to Pope Francis's visit to the...
Host Bob Abernethy leads a conversation with managing editor Kim Lawton, Religion News...
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees depend on hospitality in Turkey; artists picture...
Churches and Conversations on Race; War and Human Rights in Columbia; Bruce Feiler on...
Buddhists persecute minority Muslims in Myanmar; Father James Martin, SJ explains the...
The President meets Pope Francis for the first time; some ministers work two jobs to care...
Religious business owners argue against federal contraception requirement; Simon Schama...
A growing interfaith movement is organizing against gun violence.; A young radical...
"Philomena," an Oscar-nominated film based on the true story of an Irish Catholic woman...
The ethics of cutting retired city worker pensions to pay the bankrupt city of Detroit's...
The debate over the morality of Edward Snowden's actions; and the Christian presence in...
A conversation with National Catholic Reporter senior analyst Rev. Thomas Reese on the UN...
A 200-year-old order of Catholic nuns, the Sisters of Loretto, have successfully opposed...
The mobilization of faith-based groups—Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox, Mennonite, and...
Father Michael Doyle and his ministry to the poor in Camden, New Jersey; and economist...
Prayer and recovery in the Philippines after Hurricane Hayaan; Tu B'Shevat, a Jewish...
From watching what Pope Francis will do as he finishes his first year to major court...
We take our annual look back at the top religion and ethics news of the year—Pope Francis...
What "peace on earth" during the Christmas season means; the representation of indigent...
More than 80,000 Mormon missionaries are now serving around the world; all abortions are...
The legacy of Nelson Mandela; the pope's document urging Catholics to do more for the...
Divisions in the United Methodist Church over same-sex marriage; historian Taylor Branch...
A rare convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day; the ethics of making it...
A conversation on the agenda of the US Catholic bishops and the anniversary of JFK's...
A Supreme Court case tests the limits of public prayer and the First Amendment; income...
Changing expectations for reform under Pope Francis; violence, neuroscience, and the...
We visit two universities with different ideas about maintaining their Catholic identity...
We preview the new movie "12 Years a Slave" which opens nationwide this weekend and...
We look into some of the ethical challenges raised by solitary confinement in prisons;...
A panel at Georgetown University discusses the influence of Pope Francis six months after...
In the wake of last week's bombing of an old Anglican church in predominantly Muslim...
We talk to United Methodist clergy about the contentious issue of same-sex marriage;...
A conversation with Brookings Institution scholar William Galston about moral...
We discuss alternatives to a missile strike on Syria with Father Drew Christiansen,...
University of Notre Dame professor George Lopez on moral questions and a possible Syria...
As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington approaches, we visit black and white...
Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from India on the problem of bride trafficking;...
Managing editor Kim Lawton interviews Shaun Casey, director of the State Department's new...
We talk to a Chicago priest who wants parishes to do more for the victims of domestic...
We talk with Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter,...
A conversation with Rev. Romal Tune, founder of the non-profit group Faith for Change,...
A conversation about the ongoing unrest in Egypt; bloodless surgeries for those with...
We analyze and discuss the Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage equality, affirmative...
We examine the decision facing the Supreme Court on the issue of affirmative action; look...
The morality of balancing national security and privacy rights; the new president of the...
We revisit our 2012 interview with popular Christian evangelical author and speaker Joni...
We revisit our 2011 story on Catholic priest and scholar Andrew Greeley, who died earlier...
We talk with Grammy-Award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin about his Christian faith, his...
The Boy Scouts of America vote on their longstanding gay ban; the city of Baltimore feels...
We look at the challenges facing those who decide to leave the confines of the tight-knit...
Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council talks about what US Muslims can do to...
Fifty years ago, hundreds of children faced down Bull Connor's police dogs and fire hoses...
We go to Boston to gather religious responses to the bombing of the marathon, and we mark...
We visit a priest in Chicago who is urging churches to take more action against domestic...
We visit a Presbyterian pastor and her family who set aside one day a week to "remember...
We go on a Holy Week pilgrimage in New Mexico, listen to religious and moral arguments...
We take you to Canterbury and Coventry Cathedrals, where we interviewed Justin Welby, the...
We report on the selection of Pope Francis I, the first Latin American pope, and reaction...
We talk with Rev. Thomas Reese and Sister Mary Ann Walsh in Rome as the cardinals meet...
We speak with the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby about his thoughts on...
We visit Colorado Springs, known by some as "America's Christian Mecca," to see if...
In the wake of the surprise announcement that Pope Benedict will resign at the end of...
We interview Grammy-nominated Christian artists Lecrae and TobyMac about the increasing...
The latest news from Timbuktu about the fate of priceless Islamic manuscripts that were...
We survey the expressions of religion on display at President Obama's second inauguration...
We talk with three religious leaders about their thoughts on Obama's second term; visit...
We talk to Roman Catholic women priests, visit the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola...
We discuss religious diversity and the newly-sworn-in members of the 113th Congress;...
We look ahead to the top religion and ethics stories we expect to be covering in the year...
We look back at the religion and ethics stories that made news in 2012 with host Bob...
Some churches are promoting "alternative" Christmas giving that focuses on charitable...
We visit a Catholic priest who became a doctor to better help Haiti's poor children;...
How more and more churches are learning to value people with disabilities (May 11, 2012)...
The challenges of caring for an aging parent (Originally broadcast April 13, 2012); Rabbi...
Director Ang Lee explores the meaning of faith in his new movie "Life of Pi" based on the...
A conversation about what the election results mean for religion and politics; the...
The response of the Southern Baptist Convention's relief arm in the wake of Sandy; a look...
We conclude our three-part series on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated with a...
Part two of our three-part series on the rise of the "nones," the religiously...
Part one of our three-part series on the rise of the "nones," the religiously...
A report from Iowa on politics, money, and elections of State Supreme Court justices; a...
We discuss defamation of religion and freedom of speech with Haris Tarin, director of the...
What do the latest polls say about how the religious vote is dividing between President...
Religious reactions to the deadly attacks against US embassies triggered by an anti-Islam...
Faith outreach and religious-political issues at the Democratic National Convention;...
Watch our coverage from Tampa examining the role religion played at the Republican...
Washington National Cathedral’s interim dean, Rev. Frank Wade, on the value of cathedrals...
With Roman Catholic candidates Paul Ryan and Joe Biden on this year's presidential...
A conversation about the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Also, revisit our...
The contentious debate over banning US courts from considering shariah or Islamic law in...
A discussion of religion and ethics issues in the wake of the Colorado shooting, a report...
The increasing popularity of meditation in schools, corporations, and even in Congress; A...
A bishop's effort to save the melting glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro by planting millions...
Church-planting and converting members of the legendary Masai tribe in Tanzania;...
A conversation about the religious reaction to the Supreme Court's decisions on health...
We visit a church where the congregation is made up of people with mental illnesses who...
Watch a report on a nonprofit group called Healthy Visions which is helping students in...
Amid growing US church tensions and Vatican scandal, we discuss what's at stake for the...
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon talks about spirituality, religion, and his recent album "So...
We discuss the looming legal battle between some Catholic institutions and the Obama...
We visit New Orleans pastor Fred Luter, who may soon become the Southern Baptist...
A look at how churches welcome and accommodate people with disabilities; Mechai...
A conversation with Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter in the wake of White House...
Faith groups and challenges to Arizona's immigration law; A hospice chaplain who...
The Vatican's crackdown on US Catholic nuns; A brother and sister who survived World War...
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, a conversation about racism, violence, and...
We visit the the only Catholic all-boy choir school in the country, the Boston...
Catholic New Service staff writer Patricia Zapor on Pope Benedict's visit to Cuba and...
Moral Questions After Afghan Massacre; Advance Directives (Originally broadcast October...
Post-Super Tuesday Analysis; Religion and Social Media (Originally broadcast April 1,...
The Ethics of Drones (Originally broadcast 8/26/2011); Holy Family Ministries (Originally...
The renewed debate over gay rights in Uganda; Biblical scholar and author Elaine Pagels...
Tough new voter ID requirements in South Carolina; USAID administrator Rajiv Shah on...
The Obama administration's policy on contraception stirs controversy over religious...
HEAL Africa, a faith-based group helping women traumatized by war in Congo; Improving...
The one-year anniversary of the revolution in Egypt; The divided evangelical vote; Yoido...
Living with the Moral Burdens of War; Ahmadiyya Muslims; Feng Shui
A discussion on the role of religion in the GOP primaries and the significance of a...
Refugees from North Korea; Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon on his newest album "So...
Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Religion News Service editor Kevin Eckstrom and...
In our annual year-end special, we discuss the major religion and ethics stories of the...
The centennial celebration of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival and St. Olaf Choir;...
The beloved tradition of the Christmas pageant; The ethical implications of enhancing...
The New Roman Missal (Originally broadcast May 20, 2011); Heaven and Hell (Originally...
Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, on combating hunger; Donor Fatigue...
The parallels between the Penn State and Catholic Church sex abuse scandals; Happiness...
Military chaplains suffering from "compassion fatigue"; Author and priest Richard Rohr,...
Mississippi Personhood Amendment; Faith-Based Social Services in Brazil; Religious...
Religion at the Occupy Wall Street protests; A new survey of Catholics in America; An...
Advance directives and the ethics of end-of-life care; The Republican presidential...
The first in our two-part series on the ethics of end-of-life care in the US; The Jewish...
A Supreme Court church-state case weighs government entanglement in hiring and firing...
The dispute over whether Catholic Charities in Illinois can deny same-sex or unmarried...
Religious leaders are challenging Alabama's tough new immigration bill; An interfaith...
A massive school lunch program in India to combat child malnutrition; Paul Farmer on...
Our special 9/11 tenth anniversary coverage continues. We revisit some of the people we...
Interfaith relations ten years after 9/11; Sacred remains; Faith-based disaster relief in...
The new Martin Luther King National Memorial; The ethics of drones; Ghana and its...
Pakistani Humanitarian; Mormon Singles Chapel; Ramadan Iftar
Africa Famine Firsthand Report; Religious Hiring Rights (Originally broadcast May 28,...
Tax Justice (Originally broadcast January 28, 2011); The King James Bible 400th...
Christians in the Holy Land; Ramadan is Here (Originally broadcast August 28, 2009);...
Lambeth Holy Land Conference; Utah Immigration and the Mormon Church; St. Mary's Abbey in...
Religious Leaders and the Budget Debate; Female Circumcision in West Africa; Decline of...
The renewed debate over heaven and hell; Marriage education programs; Terrence Malick's...
The moral debate over the national budget; God's Love, a homeless shelter in Montana
Secularism is on the rise in France; Christian theme parks in Kentucky
A review of the week's top religion news stories; The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell; A...
Reassessing the military intervention in Libya; Medical Cost-Benefit Ethics; Stephen...
Courting religious conservatives; The Jewish festival of Shavuot
A new report looks at the causes of the Catholic sex abuse crisis; Builders of Hope; The...
The Death of Osama bin Laden; Trappist monk and poet Brother Paul; Holy Relics
Path to Sainthood and the Beatification of Pope John Paul II; Holocaust Remembrance and...
The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible; A visit to the abandoned Palestinian...
Stephen Carter on Moral Questions and Military Intervention; Passover Themes; Holy Family...
A discussion on the top news stories of the past week; Pastors working to end gun...
Religion and Social Media; Author, scholar, and Cuban refugee Carlos Eire
Moral Questions and the Intervention in Libya; Israeli and Palestinian Responses to the...
Humanitarian and spiritual responses to the ongoing crisis in Japan; The ethics of...
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a controversial hearing on Muslim...
Muslims Combating Extremism; Religious Reaction to Budget Cuts; Memoirist and Catholic...
Religious leaders and organizations are joining the debate over workers' rights; Churches...
Faith-based groups are helping former inmates transition to a life outside of prison....
We ask longtime Middle East reporter Geneive Abdo how religion will shape the new...
Protests in Egypt; Pakistan Microfinance; Medical Cost-Benefit Ethics
Religious reaction to the State of the Union; Tax justice in the United States; India...
Gun Control; The Gülen Movement; James Wolfensohn on Religion and Development
Sudan Referendum; Martin Luther King and Robert Graetz; Remembering Debbie Friedman (1951...
Haiti One Year After the Earthquake; Seamen's Church Institute
We discuss the top religion news stories to watch for in the coming new year with E. J....
Ethnic Studies in Arizona; Christmas Pageants
Look Back 2010; A Decade in Review 2000-2009
Unrest in Haiti; An Islamic school in Buffalo, New York; and a performance of Verdi's...
Post-Election Religion Analysis; Religious Schools and Tax Credits; My Jesus Year
The Pope's New Cardinals; Legalizing Marijuana; Australia's First Saint; A Pilgrimage of...
Religious Responses to Anti-Gay Bullying; Eliza Griswold on the Muslim-Christian Divide;...
Survivors in Haiti find reason to hope; Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy; Both Eastern and...
This moving service of scripture readings, prayers, hymns, and carols was created after...
The high cost of health care; a priest bridges the racial divide in Los Angeles.
Protestants under pressure to approve same-sex marriages; Dave Brubeck composes religious...
The role of religion in American health care reform; Israeli and Palestinian parents...
Cutting-edge news coverage and analysis in the context of religion and ethics.