New York Times - Religion and Belief

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  1. Pope’s Focus on Poor Revives Scorned Theology

    Pope Francis often uses language that echoes liberation theology, the Latin American movement embracing the poor that conservatives once scorned as Marxist.
  2. Salvadorans Flock to Honor Beloved Archbishop on Path to Sainthood

    People crowded the streets in San Salvador for a ceremony to beatify Archbishop Óscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 as the country lurched toward civil war.
  3. Kenya: Thousands Attend Italian Nun’s Beatification

    Sister Irene Stefani arrived in Kenya in 1915, where she served as a Red Cross nurse and treated East African soldiers wounded during World War I.
  4. ‘Defending the Faith’ in the Middle East

    Today’s Sunni-Shiite proxy wars are not new.
  5. A Victory for Pope Francis

    The beatification of an assassinated archbishop is an important marker in the routing of hard-line conservatives in the church.
  6. Obama Stresses Support for Israel, but Refuses to ‘Paper Over’ Discord

    President Obama used a speech to knock down perceptions, fueled in part by recent tussles over Iran, that he lacks a commitment to Israelis and Jewish concerns.
  7. Honor Comes Late to Óscar Romero, a Martyr for the Poor

    Pope Francis’ decision to beatify Óscar Romero, the Salvadoran archbishop who was killed in 1980, is seen as recognition of his work for the poor, and is being celebrated across El Salvador on Saturday.
  8. Young Saudis, Bound by Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom on Their Phones

    Confronted with an austere version of Islam and strict social codes, they increasingly rely on apps and social media for self-expression and liberation.
  9. Humza Arshad, British Pakistani Comedian, Takes On Jihadists

    Mr. Arshad, a practicing Muslim with a sizable YouTube following, has toured with a police counterterrorism unit in London, performing stand-up for more than 20,000 students.
  10. Buried Truths About Nazi Mass Murder and the Allied Victory

    A film made of footage from Nazi concentration camps was hidden for decades.