How faith shapes society.
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.
Islamic State continues onslaught as US mulls military intervention
Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims remain under threat as IS thrives.
Muslim majority must stand up against Islamic extremists
Arab intellectuals and moderate Muslims need to condemn Muslims who kill other Muslims.
Pope Francis calls the Foley family, whose faith breaks through ISIS-inflicted horror
Journalist James Foley's execution stunned the world, but his family continues to find strength in their Roman Catholic devotion.
Why the Koreas matter to the pope
The Vatican sends a message to an embattled East Asian outpost.
American nuns congregate as standoff with Vatican officials continues
Two years after the nuns were accused of "radical feminism" and assigned a male minder, will either side finally blink?
US Evangelicals cheer on Latin American culture wars
Church leaders in the United States are backing fights across the Americas against gay equality, abortion and pornography.
Duplicity’s Child: How British promises sowed the seeds of today’s Israel-Palestine bloodshed
Gaza and Jerusalem were promised to both the Arabs and the Jews. They're still fighting nearly a century later.
Why Israel and the West need to change their approach to negotiating with Hamas
Analysis: Much of Hamas' leadership lives outside of Palestine, and an enduring ceasefire cannot happen without engaging those leaders.
Looking at Argentina's Catholic women of worship
In Pope Francis' former spiritual home, women hold a paradoxical role.
In Bethlehem, no one is in the mood to celebrate Eid
Commentary: Death and body counts coming out of Gaza have become a part of the daily rhythm in the West Bank. It’s as if Eid is intruding upon this catastrophe, not the other way around.
Turkish women are laughing in public because a politician told them not to
Defiance in Turkey is alive and well.
A constitutional monarchy may be a realistic option for stability in Libya
Commentary: The US ideal of democracy is fading as rival warlords and rogue militias wreak havoc across the Libya.
Reports: The Vatican fires a priest in Paraguay accused of molesting US seminarians
A church has reportedly dismissed Carlos Urrutigoity, following a recent GlobalPost investigation into accusations that the priest sexually abused young men in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Minnesota Public Radio report on church convulsions links to Louisiana, Rome
The complex story unveiled by MPR this week offers a clear look of Catholic clergy coverup of sex abuse.
Why justice can't be a precondition for Israel-Palestine peace
Analysis: The rage and indignation on both sides of the conflict — many of us not directly involved — is largely missing a rational understanding of the situation.
Buddhist vigilantes in Myanmar are sparking riots with wild rumors of Muslim sex predators
The specter of rapacious Muslim men, plotting a slow genocide of Buddhists through sexual conquest, is actually quite old in Myanmar.
A little hope never hurt anyone.
40 Mexican bishops are taking an 'intensive' exorcism course
An Italian priest who says he's personally conducted 1,650 exorcisms is leading the course.
Underage Moroccan girls married off with judges' consent
The Moroccan legal code forbids girls under age 18 to marry, but exceptions are granted most of the time.
Legal restrictions lead to 'DIY abortions' in Texas and Argentina alike
As Texas limits access to abortion, it is walking down a road well-tread by Argentina, where abortion is illegal but half a million women still terminate their pregnancies each year.
These are the most religious places in the world (and what they're practicing)
This map shows the countries where more than half the population consider themselves practicing members of one particular faith.
On Location Video: What it's like to be Christian in Iraq right now
The Christian minority in Iraq exceeded one million 10 years ago. Now it's less than 400,000 and facing new threats.
It's time for Iraqis to look at the failures of our own government
Commentary: No one will admit the mistakes they’ve made — they just keep on making them. Airing the dirty laundry would mean admitting to and exposing the wrong and asking for help to clean up the mess.
Church sex abuse survivors seek more than an apology from Pope Francis
Francis met with a small group of abuse survivors Monday, which was appreciated but no substitute for a true process of justice, advocates say.
Why China fears the Falun Gong
Explainer: Is the group really a dangerous cult? Does it believe in snake spirits and ghosts? And do authorities really harvest members’ organs?
As Egypt targets Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia follows suit
The Saudi government now considers the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, a sharp break with past policy.
Jewish extremists arrested over Palestinian teen's death
In a related development, a Jerusalem court freed Tariq Abu Khder, the Palestinian American cousin of the murdered teen, to house arrest for nine days.
The Kurdish moment is now
Many Kurds who have longed dreamt of independence are eager to vote. Others worry a referendum could further destabilize the region.