Charlie Van Dyke
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Monday (Oct. 27) waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.

The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at the Vatican to discuss “Evolv... read more
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By Jake Flanagin
from OPTALK

Though Muslims make up only 14.4 percent of India’s total population, the country maintains “the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million),” according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s a little more than 11 percent of the world’s total Muslim population, according ... read more
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Opinion By Jill Strasburg, special to CNN

(CNN) – I became deathly ill two months into my marriage and during my long recovery, I could barely eat or drink. I certainly couldn’t do daily chores around the house, and I would stay in my pajamas throughout most days.

During this time, something remarkable happened: Women from my congregation whom I ... read more
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By Norris Burkes

Recently, I asked the iPhone’s personal assistant, known as Siri, to help me find a Bible verse.

Quoting the verse, I said, “Help me with my unbelief.”

Siri responded with, “That may be beyond my ability.”

Funny, I thought. That resembles the response I had from the 72-year-old patient I met last month in our ICU. After briefly... read more
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By Cathy Lynn Grossman | Religion News Service July 16
WASHINGTON — We like ourselves!

A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers.

Americans give their highest scores to Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals on a zero-to-100 “thermometer” featur... read more
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