How faith shapes society.
How American nuns prevailed over the Vatican
After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch.
Malaysian court says transgender people aren’t bad Muslims, they're just mentally ill
Ruling says 'cross-dressers' have a disorder and can’t help violating Sharia law.
How far can a pope go?
Francis is a change agent rivaled by few other figures in power today. Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine?
As religious leaders help in Ferguson, US churches remain mostly segregated
Just 13 percent of American churches are racially mixed, an increase since the late 1990s.
Shock, anger as arsonists hit a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem
The Hand-in-Hand bilingual school was a rare symbol of coexistence in a city fraught by growing friction between Jews and Palestinians.
Oppenheimer’s ‘The Look of Silence’ casts a chilling gaze at massacre survivors
The sequel to the Oscar-nominated ‘Act of Killing’ shows how mass murderers became heroes in Indonesia.
Why attacks on sacred spaces are 'always more vicious'
Last week's attack on a Jerusalem synagogue hit a particular nerve for many people of faith.
Al Shabaab Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenya bus
Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen separated the travelers into Muslims and non-Muslims.
Priest exiled for supporting female clergy accuses Vatican of heresy
Father Roy Bourgeois is the founder of School of the Americas Watch and a leading advocate for allowing women into the Catholic priesthood.
In India, public kissing is becoming a national movement
Protesters who gather to kiss have been arrested, tear-gassed and assaulted with rods. Still, they keep kissing.
Inside the troubled history of Britain's fight against extremism
Where does free speech end and incitement begin?
Tending to the graves of WWI dead, Gazan gardener weathers modern conflict
As a Palestinian gardener cares for the headstones of fallen soldiers in a World War I cemetery, he also works to protect his family from Hamas-Israel violence.
Rabbi's death brings to life his message of renewal
Reb Zalman believed that the power of faith lies in its ability to be made new again.
Synod leaves questions about Vatican stance on homosexuality
Church leaders moved away from an early draft of the synod's record, but some LGBT rights advocates and clergy say evolution is underway.
Australia is curtailing civil liberties in response to the Islamic State
IS has spooked Australia's government to push through a series of reforms reminiscent of post-9/11 America.
Vatican document fires up gay rights debate
As Catholic bishops from around the world discuss "family issues," friendlier language toward gays and lesbians is creating fireworks.
The international community must not consent to 'new Burmese apartheid'
Opinion: Muslims are suffering at the hands of Myanmar's government, which is now planning an awful new program.
The influential Iraqi cleric rallying Muslims against the Islamic State
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has emerged as an important voice of moderation at a critical time.
Meet South Korea’s red-busting Buddhist monk
A right wing renaissance galvanizes 'gas-tank grandpas' and 'anti-communists' against liberals as far off as Yale University.
Synod in Rome: Pope Francis and the antinomians
Frank talk is making this year's synod far less boring than in years past and revealing some truth about the Catholic Church.
To move forward, Jerusalem must steer its own fate
Analysis: Unless citizens of all faiths find a way to work together, weak leadership and old hatreds will keep the city from a potentially bright future.
On 'Eid Kippur' in Jerusalem, no news was good news
The rare convergence of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur and Muslim holiday Eid el-Adha was refreshingly quiet.
Remembering why Sinead O'Connor tore up the pope's picture on national TV
Her tactics made her a target and a pariah. Today we know she was right.
Female artisans defy tradition to create Hindu goddesses
One of India's most joyful festivals, Durga Puja, is now in full swing.
Sending Bishop Cupich to Chicago, Pope Francis brings new agenda to town
The Chicago archdiocese — with 2 million Catholics and a billion-dollar budget — is an image of the American church writ large and a national media platform.
On Location Video: The Yazidi men and boys who survived an Islamic State execution
In village after village last month in Iraq, the Islamic State killed scores of Yazidi men. A few lived to tell about it.
Kurdish forces take on Islamic State in small, relentless battles for Iraq's villages
Even with US-led airstrikes, the situation on the ground could take months — if not years — to resolve. How did IS get so strong?
Captured by the Islamic State, these two teenagers went through hell. Then they ran
Sara and Leila both survived the mass capture of Yazidi women and children in Iraq last month. These are their stories.
Spanish prime minister drops restrictive abortion bill after dissent
Reactions to the quashing of the bill are as divisive as the attempt to reform the law.
In British town, influx of migrants creates conflict
Analysis: The arrival of Eastern Europeans in a traditionally Pakistani area strains neighborly relations.
The Islamic State is causing a culture war in Germany
Some Germans fear rap music is fueling jihad. Musicians say a wave of sensationalism is stoking latent Islamophobia.