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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) is welcomed by Pope Francis as he returns to the Vatican from the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, southeast of Rome, on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Benedict's resignation remembered: The pope who became a pilgrim

By Ann Schneible - Catholic News Agency

Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI's presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world. Published February 28, 2015

Recent Stories

"We object to Common Core because the federal government has no right imposing curriculum, imposing content standards in local classrooms when these decisions have always been made by local parents, by teachers, by local leaders," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the CPAC conventiongoers, sparking applause from the crowd. (Associated Press)

Common Core opposition unites 2016 hopefuls at CPAC, with Jeb Bush lone outlier

- The Washington Times

Likely GOP presidential contenders' calls to scrap Common Core are evoking frustration among Republicans who support the education initiative at the state level: They say the learning standards are not a power grab by the federal government and express concern that the political aspirations of a few could thwart educational improvements for millions of children nationwide.

This image released by WeTV shows contestants Elle, right, and Brandon during a taping of the new relationship therapy series "Sex Box," airing Friday at 10 p.m. EST. (AP Photo/WeTV)

New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy

- Associated Press

A relationship therapy TV show that premieres Friday gives most participating couples the same prescription: Go into a modular, windowless room onstage and have sex while the studio audience waits until they're done. Not surprisingly, "Sex Box" has attracted some negative attention.

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Sabtiyesh area east Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Islamic State militants snatched more hostages from homes in northeastern Syria over the past three days, bringing the total number of Christians abducted to over 220 in the one the largest hostage-takings by the extremist group, activists said Thursday. Arabic on the placard from left to right, read, "God protect the Christians of Syria from all the evils of the devils," , and "for our Syriac and Assyrian brothers, let us pray together." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

- Associated Press

Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday.

Dr. John Willke speaks at the first anti-euthanasia conference in Amsterdam in this Oct. 6, 1996, file photo. The doctor, who helped shape the modern pro-life movement, died at his home in Cincinnati Feb. 20, 2015. He was 89. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

John Willke: remembering a pro-life giant

Catholic News Agency

Pro-life leaders marked the death of Dr. John Willke by praising his adamant stand against legalized abortion and his tireless dedication to helping women and their unborn children.

Love, American style: Adultery and 'polyamory' still no-nos

- The Washington Times

A 2014 survey of 15,738 Americans finds strong rejection of adultery and homes with multiple live-in sex partners. It also finds that two-thirds of Americans do not see marriage as an "outdated institution," a Texas professor told the Family Research Council Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, left, speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, about her bill seeking to ban state participation in the federal health care law. To her right are state Republican Reps.Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster and Sheila Butt of Columbia. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Muslim group: Tennessee lawmaker's Facebook post was racist

- Associated Press

The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Wednesday urged Tennessee Republican leaders to repudiate what they consider a racist Facebook post by a GOP state lawmaker.

Recent Opinion Columns

Phyllis Schlafly Portrait Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Applauding an elegant conservative

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

Victory at all Costs Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The face of evil

The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing.

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Alabama Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol. The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie, "Selma" that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city. (AP Photo, File)

Selma is among holy places in America

- Deseret News

There are places that are holy in American history: Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord. Ground Zero in Manhattan. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.

Civilization's essential book

- The Washington Times

It was 1952 and as a seven year old who had a Sunday School perfect attendance record for a year, I was presented with my very own King James Bible. I still have it and still refer to it.

The Bible is a textbook, saving grace

- The Washington Times

Have you been to a funeral lately? A funeral where the assembled start reaching into their jacket pockets and purses? Grabbing their cellphones? Looking up and down the pews?

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