Immortal works

Jul 2, 2018 by

Far from the tourist crowds, the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome is a haven of solitude. In a tree-shaded corner we found the grave of the poet John Keats, who died in 1821 at the age of 25. As he desired, no...

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Pope Francis — a pastor for the global church

Jun 25, 2018 by

For much of the previous week, I had the privilege of representing Mennonites at meetings of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, which is celebrating its 70th...

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The pope has a point about marriage

Jun 20, 2016 by

Pope Francis got himself in trouble recently for suggesting that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are “invalid” because couples do not fully appreciate that they are...

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Words of welcome from Pope Francis

Oct 26, 2015 by

The immigration debate took on an ugly tone this summer with politicians and political candidates labeling immigrants as “murderers” and “rapists,” rejecting refugees as potential “terrorists” and...

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Mercifully progressive

Sep 28, 2015 by

Progress isn’t just for progressives. Traditionalists too see the need for positive change. Christians define progress in different ways, but many would agree that making the church more compassionate is...

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The pope’s arrival and the only Mennonite in the room

Sep 28, 2015 by and

WASHINGTON — I’m sure I was the only Mennonite there. It was a cool, clear morning, with stars visible even through the urban twilight, as I cruised the six-mile bicycle ride from northeast Washington to...

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Why Pope Francis’ climate encyclical matters

Jun 22, 2015 by

Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical came out June 18, and there are many reasons for hope. It’s encouraging to see a such a high-profile Christian leader taking a strong stand on both ecological issues...

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Should there be less ideology, more love?

Jan 5, 2015 by

Churches that cut and run because they do not agree with the direction Mennonite Church USA is going are practicing social violence. Families are torn apart. I know a family with a gay child that had to leave...

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Pope joins evangelicals

Oct 27, 2014 by

“You’re going to talk about tonight for a long time,” Kenneth Copeland told a large crowd of Pentecostal pastors at a conference he hosted in January. Cope­land is a prominent televangelist and...

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The first year of the pope’s revolution

Mar 14, 2014 by

A year ago — March 13, 2013 — Pope Francis officially became pope. Since then he has fascinated the world. He didn’t don the snazzy red shoes and fancy papal attire. He chose a humble apartment rather...

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No to strike in Syria

Sep 16, 2013 by

More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s two-year civil war. The brutal conflict became a crime against humanity long before the gas attack that killed 1,400 civilians. But it took the chemical...

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