Ruling lets religious groups not cover contraceptives

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments this year on the issue related to new health-care law.

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    Tara Brach’s message may be especially apt in Washington, where self-involvement seems to thrive.

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    Life’s inevitable sorrow yields to love

    Sally Quinn: My life has been full of happiness and full of sorrow. But it has always been full of love.

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    A season of gratitude, no matter what you believe

    Jew or Christian. All that matters is the sense of community that Easter and Passover rituals inspire.

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    A conversation with Bill O’Reilly

    Fox News star Bill O’Reilly declares his faith and talks about the part it plays in his life.

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    Obama to Jews: Shared values compel support for Israel

    President Obama came to Washington’s most politically connected synagogue Friday (May 22) with a dual mission — to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month and to mark the first “Solidarity Sabbath,” a campaign against anti-Semitism.

    Australians push for Vatican cardinal to testify on abuse

    More than 55,000 people have signed a petition calling for Cardinal George Pell to return to his native Australia and face a government commission on child sex abuse, after allegations that he tried to bribe the victim of a pedophile priest.

    Author Phyllis Tickle faces death just as she enjoyed life: 'The dying is my next career'

    Over the past generation, no one has written more deeply and spoken more widely about the contours of American faith and spirituality than Phyllis Tickle.

    Protestants join Catholics in reconsidering the death penalty (COMMENTARY)

    Nebraska is showing the most visible signs of a change in thinking by Christians and conservatives on the death penalty, and Catholics are helping to lead the way. For many, the catalyst has been a simple question: “If I value life, how can I support taking a life when the death penalty doesn’t make us any safer?”

    Image of Asia: Hands raised in prayer at Hazratbal shrine

    In this photo by Dar Yasin, Muslims at Kashmir’s Hazratbal shrine raise their hands in prayer as head priest Mohammad Ishaq Banday displays a relic of the Prophet Muhammad on the Friday following Mehraj-u-Alam, the day the prophet ascended to heaven. The relic is believed to be a hair from the beard of the prophet. Thousands of Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the lakeside, white marble shrine that is Islam’s holiest in the India-controlled Kashmir region.

    Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

    Parishioners appealing judge's order to vacate closed church

    For nearly 11 years now, parishioners have protested the closing of their church on the Massachusetts seacoast, keeping round-the-clock vigil there and holding Sunday services even though the Roman Catholic Church has de-consecrated the sanctuary.

    The 'Splainer: 'Gifts' of Pentecost and Shavuot

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    San Francisco priest who raised eyebrows and banned altar girls is dropped as school chaplain

    The San Francisco priest who sparked controversy earlier this year by barring altar girls has been replaced as chaplain of the church’s Catholic grade school.

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    The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday (May 21) called for an end to the group’s ban on gay troop leaders.

    Are churches failing the poor? Yes and no (ANALYSIS)

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    Franciscan order re-elects American brother amid ongoing financial crisis

    An influential Franciscan order re-elected its American leader Thursday (May 21), just months after some of its members were accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars.

    Why do people hate Jews and Judaism? (COMMENTARY)

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    Kay Warren on God: ‘There are times that I feel it’s all a big cosmic joke’

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    Author Colm Toibin talks about his book ‘The Testament of Mary’

    Author Colm Toibin talks about his book ‘The Testament of Mary’

    Author Colm Toibin sat down with The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn to discuss his approach to writing “The Testament of Mary” and his relationship with the Catholic church.
    Conn. Rabbi talks about comforting Sandy Hook victim’s mom

    Conn. Rabbi talks about comforting Sandy Hook victim’s mom

    Rabbi Shaul Praver of the Adath Israel congregation in Newtown, Conn., discusses comforting the mom of Sandy Hook shooting victim Noah Posner on Saturday.
    Pope Benedict sends first tweet

    Pope Benedict sends first tweet

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    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God

    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God

    Rev. Franklin Graham: America has rejected God
    Rev. Franklin Graham on his holiday outreach program

    Rev. Franklin Graham on his holiday outreach program

    Rev. Franklin Graham sits down with the The Post’s Sally Quinn to talk about his holiday outreach program, Operation Christmas Child.
    Eckhart Tolle on losing trust in God, being in the now

    Eckhart Tolle on losing trust in God, being in the now

    Spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle spoke with The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn about his Roman Catholic upbringing, losing trust in God and the core of his teachings: being in the now.
    Bishop Stallings on controversial ministry

    Bishop Stallings on controversial ministry

    Bishop George Stallings, founder of the Imani Temple African Catholic Congregation talks about his controversial ministry and allegations that he abused altar boys while a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.
    Polls: Romney up, God down

    Polls: Romney up, God down

    New polls show Mitt Romney catching up to Obama. Meanwhile, God seems to be losing ground: a new poll shows that one in five Americans now self-identify as secular. We speak to religion reporter Michelle Boorstein and Jesse Galef of the Secular Student Alliance.
    Bishop Vashti McKenzie speaks at DNC

    Bishop Vashti McKenzie speaks at DNC

    Bishop Vashti McKenzie, co-chair of the DNC Credentials Committee and the first woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, called the Democratic Party the “most forward-looking” party.
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    Mitt Romney’s RNC speech highlights

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    Joel Osteen on his connection with fans

    Joel Osteen on his connection with fans

    Evangelist Joel Osteen discusses his connection with fans and how he got his start. Osteen will speak at Nationals Park on Saturday, April 28.