Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

“When I was 4 years old in 1940, the idea was that all Protestants were going to hell. I was going down the street with my grandmother and there were two women from the Salvation Army on the other side of the street. I said, ‘Who are they? Monks, nuns?’ My grandmother said: ‘No, they are Protestants. But they are good people.’ So that opened me up to ecumenism.”

— Pope Francis, speaking Dec. 12 at the Vatican

Quote of the Day: Pope Francis

Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment!”

— Pope Francis, in an appeal from “the bottom of my heart” to Israelis and Palestinians to “put an end to the spiral of hatred and violence.”

Quote of the Day: Actor Joshua Jackson

“I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious. I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party.”

— Actor Joshua Jackson explaining to Glamour magazine why he and actress Diane Kruger have not yet tied the knot.

Quote of the Day: State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-N.H.

“Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”

— State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-N.H., in a blog post criticizing Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Quote of the Day: Novelist Anne Rice

“The vampires represent those of us in society who feel damned and I am always seeking a way for them and those of us who identify with them to be saved.”

— “Interview With a Vampire” novelist Anne Rice, in an interview with America magazine.

Quote of the Day: The Rev. Susan Russell

NOW it starts to get real, people! When gay people have the same rights straight people do to get drunk and drive to Las Vegas to get married by an Elvis impersonator then marriage equality in the USA has crossed a Rubicon for sure.

— The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., a longtime advocate for gay rights, after a federal appeals court struck down Nevada’s ban on gay marriage, in a Facebook post.

Quote of the Day: Sen. Ted Cruz

“We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS. We repeal Common Core.”

— Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Friday (Sept. 26),  in Washington, D.C.

Quote of the Day: Sen. Cory Booker

“I’m a Christian & believe we should listen to Athiests especially if they challenge us. Christians have no monopoly on truth.”

— Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in a tweet

Quote of the Day: The Rev. Canon Andrew White of Baghdad

“We have gained nothing. Literally nothing. We may have had an evil dictator, but now we have total terrorism. We used to have one Saddam. Now we have thousands.”

— The Rev. Canon Andrew White, chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, talking with USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers about the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and the subsequent violence.

Quote of the Day: The Dalai Lama

“Jihad combats inner destructive emotions. Everybody carries jihad in their hearts, including me.”

— The Dalai Lama, rejecting claims by Islamic militants that the Muslim concept of jihad, or inner struggle, involves killing your enemies.