Can public officials bow out when their duties and faith conflict?
Religious knowledge is important to understanding the world around us, according to experts on religion and culture. Here's how some are working to further this understanding. Read more »
I was in Oakland when the recent earthquake hit northern California. I awoke at 3 a.m. in an undulating bed. My first thought, in my mental fog, was “I don’t remember asking for a water bed.” Read more »
Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of... Read more »
Rabbis from across Asia on Tuesday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. Read more »
For a year, Lark and Michael McCarley simmered silently over the arrival of “Amish Mafia” in their community. Read more »
Alexander the Great is famous for many military conquests during his brief but meteoric career. However, he also influenced the notion of the "god-king" and perhaps even the much later doctrine of the "divine right of kings." Read more »
Obama administration announces new compromise on birth control; still can't get it right, say religious groups
Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control... Read more »
Utah State head coach Matt Wells and other coaches discuss how honoring their Christian beliefs helps them to be better football coaches. Read more »
Facing declining numbers and challenges from the Vatican, American nuns are reassessing their work on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. Read more »
Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. Read more »
Community members rush to visit the bookshop and gift store at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity in Huntsville before it closes it's doors. With the dwindling number of monks, one Father said the... Read more »
Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is... Read more »
Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an... Read more »
Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other... Read more »
Residents of a peaceful rural community are reluctant to let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their... Read more »
Pope Francis called Friday during a trip to South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism. In the newly rich and hyper-competitive country, that might be a hard sell. Read more »
Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive... Read more »
Pope Francis called Thursday for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force, opening a five-day visit... Read more »
When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance,... Read more »
The Forever Bible promises to remain intact, in spite of the wear and tear of everyday life. Read more »
The rise of Christian devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most interesting subjects in the history of religion generally. Read more »
KHAZER CAMP, Iraq — President Barack Obama justified the U.S. military's return to fighting in Iraq Saturday by saying America must act now to prevent genocide, protect its diplomats and... Read more »
Thousands of members of a religious minority group under attack by Islamic extremists have fled across the border from Iraq to seek refuge with the Kurds of northeastern Syria, said two Kurdish officials and an activist on Saturday. Read more »
The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from... Read more »
Many Turkish women were doubled over with laughter after their country’s deputy leader said women should not laugh in public and should not talk on their mobile phones so much. Read more »
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