How faith shapes society.
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.
Pope fires Paraguay bishop who promoted priest accused of abuse
The move follows a visit to Paraguay by senior Vatican officials charged with investigating a case that had led to a public war of words between the South American country's senior clerics.
How a Nigerian Billy Graham is helping cover up a South African tragedy
Celebrity 'prophet' TB Joshua suggests a terrible accident at his megachurch in Lagos was an act of terrorism. That's not what everyone else says.
Head rabbi slams publication of Western Wall prayer slips on Facebook
A Facebook page that claims to have published notes lifted from Judaism's holiest site has angered Jewish believers. But were the notes real?
How one Spanish priest went gangster in Central America
El Salvador officials recorded Padre Toño becoming way too chummy with the jailed 'mara' gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating.
Reacting to IS atrocities, Indonesia claims to be a model of Islamic tolerance
Yet religious minorities in the country complain that violence and abuse is getting worse.
Argentina's abortion battle pushes women into legal labyrinth (VIDEO)
With approximately 500,000 underground abortions each year, Argentina's government and the Catholic Church have created a moral paradox of immense proportions.
Saudi recognition of Shia minority’s grievances requires adjustment in government
Commentary: Gradual reform vis-à-vis women can provide roadmap for greater integration of Shia into Saudi society.
The faith of James Foley and Steven Sotloff
The religiosity of both journalists is inspiring many who mourn them.
Worshippers grow weary in battle over Egypt’s mosques
A fractured, more politicized Islam is leaving Egypt's young Muslims disillusioned.
Do Zara's Holocaust PJs mean what we think they mean?
Pope Francis splits hairs on whether the US should bomb Islamic State
Francis endorses 'stopping' but not 'bombing' the militant group, invoking 'just war theory.' What is a reasonable moral limit on military violence in the face of terror?
On Location Video: The Yazidis who survived the assault on Sinjar
The Islamic State killed hundreds and kidnapped thousands when it overran the city in northern Iraq. This is the story of those who got away.