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Pope to visit Cuba in September
After playing a key role in bringing Havana and Washington to the negotiating table.
US Catholic bishop involved in child pornography case resigns
U.S. Catholic bishop in child pornography case resigns
IS video shows purported executions of Ethiopian Christians in Libya
On a 29-minute video, a masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol makes a statement threatening Christians if they do not convert to Islam.
How the liberal American nuns prevailed over the Vatican old guard
Pope Francis has ended a controversial investigation into alleged misconduct by US sisters.
France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy
The Vatican has yet to respond to Laurent Stefanini's appointment, leading many to believe it has rejected the nomination.
Pope enrages Turkey over Armenian 'genocide' comments
Pope Francis uttered the word 'genocide' on Sunday to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, sparking fury from Turkey which slammed the term as 'far from historical reality.'
Turkish journalists face prison over Charlie Hebdo cartoon
Prosecutors say Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya are 'inciting public hatred.'
Iraq's Christians fear no one can protect them from the Islamic State
Christians living under the threat of the Islamic State fear their ancient community is under threat.
The future of religion around the world, in one chart
A new report by Pew Research shows us what religious affiliations will look like in 2050.
Vatican defends Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse
Critics still aren't happy with the pope.
Afghan woman lynched over Koran-burning 'innocent': minister
An Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran was "innocent", the interior minister said Monday.
Pope Francis' drug war riffs keep offending the second biggest Catholic country
First he warns of the impending 'Mexicanization' of Argentina. Then he says 'the devil is punishing Mexico.' ¿Qué pasa, Francisco?
Say hello to Israel's first all-women ultra-Orthodox Jewish party
They're only expected to win a few hundred votes, but they're making some of Israel's deeply conservative communities nervous.
Pakistan church attacks kill 14, spark deadly riots
The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches in Lahore's Youhanabad neighborhood, which is home to more than 100,000 Christians.
Many Westerners pouring into Myanmar have no idea how offensive they are being
And in Myanmar, dissing Buddha can bring on death threats and prison time.
Some of Europe’s Jews might take Netanyahu up on his offer of a new home
Others doubt that flight to Israel is the answer to anti-Semitism in the EU.
This hero of the poor was shot giving Mass. Now he's on the path to sainthood
It is hard to imagine a more dramatic tale of martyrdom.
Why King Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave
Your questions answered.
Pope Francis, Dostoyevsky and the tears of a child
Analysis: Francis' improvisational style empowers him to speak beautifully about humanity's moral problems. It can also backfire.
IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq
'We already have names for 196 and there could be some more," said Khodr Domli, a leading Yazidi rights activist.
Pope Manila Mass drew record crowd of 6-7 million: Vatican
In his homily, the pope urged Filipinos to shun 'social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption.'
France's determined response to terror has given Hollande a boost
The French are celebrating ‘fraternité’ like it's 1945, but unity will be hard to maintain.
Pope Francis stresses religious inclusion in trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines
Francis is restoring the image of the pope as a moral statesman on the world stage.
At least a million march in Paris, thousands join rallies around world (LIVE BLOG)
'Today Paris is the center of the world,' President Francois Hollande said Sunday.
Paris shooting suspects killed, along with hostage-taker and captives in Paris 'anti-Semitic' attack (LIVE BLOG)
Hundreds of thousands are expected to rally in the streets of Paris this weekend in a show of national unity.
After a solemn night of mourning, a panicked morning manhunt in France
Friday began with reports of gunfire exchanged between police and suspects in a town northeast of Paris, another stolen car, and at least one hostage taken.
Europe's bracing for a backlash after the Paris attack. Will it come?
The French are standing firm in response to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, but concern is mounting among Europe's Muslim communities.
Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are still held by the Islamic State
With professional forces slow to come to their aid, young women held by IS rely on smugglers and death-defying luck to break free.
Moderate Malaysia has so many fatwas there’s a website to keep track of them
Yoga? Death Metal? Petting puppies? They’re all forbidden by Malaysia’s Islamic clerics.
The churches burned after Egypt’s coup last year are still in ruins (PHOTOS)
The army promised it would help rebuild the churches destroyed and damaged by angry mobs, but parishioners are still waiting.
How American nuns prevailed over the Vatican
After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch.