Liberation theology is a movement that recalls the kind of ideological clashes that were considered obsolete when the Cold War ended. But the election of Pope Francis, a vocal advocate for the poor as a priest and bishop in Argentina, and now as pope, has renewed debates about this controversial strain of theology.
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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is now Pope Francis, the 265th successor to St. Peter, after his election in the Sistine Chapel by the 115 electors of the College of Cardinals. This edition of ReligionLink provides resources and regular news updates for reporters covering this historic event.
The Rev. Billy Graham turns 94 on Nov. 7, but still manages to meet with major public figures and releases periodic reflections on his life and faith. Indeed, though Graham is infirm and in virtual seclusion in his home in North Carolina, his stature and legacy seem to grow as he ages.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church and supporter of conservative causes who founded The Washington Times newspaper, died early Monday (Sept. 3) in South Korea. He was 92.
News that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing is fodder for glossy celebrity magazines, but there is an important religion angle to the story because Cruise’s involvement in Scientology is central to the marriage and the media coverage. ReligionLink has an extensive source guide for writing about Scientology.
A new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life explores the views of American Mormons as opposed to the usual focus on how Americans view Mormons. This approach makes the findings especially valuable, and they are an important addition to ReligionLink’s resources on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The death of evangelist Oral Roberts on Dec. 15 brings to a close one of the great lives in American religious history and global Pentecostalism. Roberts pioneered the use of mass media and mentored a generation of preachers. But his career was also controversial. So what is the legacy of Oral Roberts?
Pope Benedict XVI released his third encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate,” on Tuesday, July 7. The encyclical — an authoritative teaching document from the pope — applies Benedict’s ideas and the Catholic social justice tradition to the economic crisis. It also comes out as the G-8 summit convenes in Italy.