Sight columnist NILS VON KALM remembers Australian preacher John Smith, who died earlier this month at the age of 76...

HEATHER BEAUDOIN, senior manager of the EJUSA Evangelical Network, which promotes a justice system centred on redemption and healing and helped to launch Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, explains the group's opposition to the death penalty...

In an article first published on The Conversation, JAMES FARRELLY, of the University of Dayton, looks at how St Patrick's Day came to be such a big celebration...

In an article first published on The Conversation, CONNAL PARR, of Northumbria University in Newcastle in the UK, looks how Northern Ireland is facing its past...

US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE, in an article first published by Religion News Service, looks at Pope Francis' first six years as pontiff...

In an article first published on The Conversation, CAVAN W CONCANNON, associate professor of religion at the University of Southern California, looks at lessons for the church today from a 4th century rupture...

STEPHEN MANSFIELD, in an article first published on Religion News Service, looks at the complex situation in Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

Writing from the US,  Rev MAE ELISE CANNON, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, looks at what constitutes anti-Semitism - and what does not...

MAL FLETCHER, writing from London, looks at the questions raised by a new documentary airing claims against late popstar Michael Jackson...

In an article first published by Religion News Service, NANCY T AMMERMAN, professor of sociology of religion at Boston University, looks at lessons from the US Baptist experience amid talk of schism in the United Methodist Church...

In an article first published on The Conversation, WILLIAM JOHNSTON, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton in the US, looks at some Ash Wednesday traditions...

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