How faith shapes society.
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.
Hobby Lobby ruling inspired 100 more cases in less than a week
The Supreme Court said it is "highly unlikely" that more corporations will go after religious freedom claims, but already groups taking up suits and looking to get out of a pending LGBT discrimination order.
Pope orders envoys to visit problem priest’s Paraguay diocese
The trip comes after a GlobalPost investigation into the rise in Paraguay of a priest accused of molestation in the US.
The whole world is celebrating Ramadan right now, and it's beautiful
It's a lovely thing when shared traditions unite so many different people.
Cambodians are increasingly being executed for sorcery
Poverty and inflation are to blame, economists say.
Pope Francis and the language of hope
Pope Francis excommunicated a mafia group that controls 8-10 percent of Italian GDP. But without a formal document, it's up to parish priests to deny communion to known mobsters – at their own risk.
Iraqi Christians are caught in the middle and hitting the road
The sectarian divide plaguing Iraq is mostly between Muslims, but the violence that has resulted spares no one.
Man arrested for smuggling human body parts inside teddy bears
For religious reasons, of course.
Young Saudis embrace internet satire, rejecting ultraconservative Islam
Part Four: Saudi's web-savvy youth, still highly devout, are reconsidering what Islam means in their social lives.
In Pope Francis' church of the streets, elitism doesn't work
US bishops reportedly "unsettled" as men like Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone become targets.
On World Refugee Day, Israel's asylum-seekers claim religious discrimination
Some 50,000 Sudanese and Eritreans hope for refugee status in Israel. Many of them believe that because they are not Jewish, they don’t stand a chance.
Myanmar's military accused of torture as it reasserts political power
Q&A: The military is acting to preserve its hold on parliament as a new report shows that the army has "systematically" tortured ethnic Kachin civilians over the last three years with impunity.