from The Great Debate:

Tackling inequality: Where a president meets a pope

By Martin E. Marty
March 27, 2014

There has been much speculation about President Barack Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday. One Catholic church authority asserted, “it is not the task of the pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality.” The pope got that message -- he wrote it himself in his first official “Papal Exhortation” last year.

from Tales from the Trail:

Santorum explains “phony theology” comment

February 20, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he wasn't questioning Barack Obama's faith on Saturday when he said the Democratic president's agenda was based on "some phony theology."

from Tales from the Trail:

Rick Santorum: birth control ruling has nothing to do with women’s rights

February 10, 2012

Forcing religious organizations to provide contraceptives has nothing to do with women's rights, Republican presidential contender and vocal Catholic Rick Santorum said on Thursday.

Obama meets Dalai Lama at White House, China sees U.S. interference

July 17, 2011

(The Dalai Lama arrives to deliver A Talk for World Peace on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 9, 2011/Yuri Gripas)

from Tales from the Trail:

U.S. religious leaders urge moral solution to debt talks

July 14, 2011

Don’t balance the U.S. budget on the backs of the poor and sick, religious leaders said, suggesting that their churches’ charity work is already overstretched and social havoc could result if the government’s social safety net is abandoned.

U.S. eyes Egypt Islamists as extremist fears fester

February 13, 2011
egypt flag

(An Egyptian flag with a peace sign at a rally in Trafalgar Square, in central London February 12, 2011/Luke MacGregor)

from Tales from the Trail:

At prayer breakfast, Obama calls Jesus “my Lord and Savior”

February 3, 2011

President Barack Obama made a clear declaration of his Christian faith on Thursday and seemed to express some frustration that his beliefs continue to be called into question.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obamas make rare church visit

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

Margaret Chadbourn of Reuters reports the following on the Obama family's church visit.

Word clouds drift apart in Obama’s speeches to the Muslim world

November 10, 2010

obama jakartaWord clouds are graphic games that sometimes tell more than a plain text. Look at the results below for U.S. President Barack Obama’s “speech to the Muslim world” today in Jakarta and his first such address in Cairo last year. I’ve analysed the two in a report here, but word clouds tell the story a different way.

Obama sets Muslim outreach for Indonesia trip

October 29, 2010

istiqlal (Photo: Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, August 18, 2003/Supri)

President Barack Obama will visit Indonesia’s largest mosque and make a major outdoor speech directed at the global Muslim community when he visits Indonesia next month, the White House said on Thursday.