Michelle Boorstein
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2013
Pope's plain talking stirs fresh debate
Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in his second widely shared media interview in two weeks that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them.”
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Sep 22, 2013
Alexis was atypical Buddhist
Aaron Alexis had a gold Buddha in his room, a regular meditation practice and a gun with him "at all times," according to a friend.
Japan Times
Sep 21, 2013
Savvy pope wooing the Catholic middle
On Thursday, Pope Francis said in a historic interview that the Catholic Church talks too much about abortion. The following day, he gave his most forceful anti-abortion comments to date. What's the strategy here?
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2013
Perceptions of brothers don't fit neatly into pre-existing box
Chechen? American? Immigrant? Citizen? Muslim? Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be all of the above, but how Americans attempt to come to grips with the attacks allegedly perpetrated by the brothers has much to do with how Americans identify them.
Apr 10, 2013
Keeping it simple isn't an act for Pope Francis
Organized religion is often defined by specific do's and don'ts. Now comes Pope Francis with his emphasis on being humble and helping those who hurt.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2013
Rise of Jesuit to papacy surprises cerebral order's membership
Pope Francis belongs to the Jesuits, a religious order whose members take an unusual — and at the moment seemingly ironic — vow: not to strive for a higher office.
Aug 18, 2012
U.S. religious liberty feeling the weight of so many faiths
In the United States, Muslim women trying to maintain modesty should get female-only hours at the public pool, right?


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