How faith shapes society.
Pope creates first Palestinian saints
Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.
Church of Scotland allows gay clergy in civil partnerships
The Church of Scotland voted to allow the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships Saturday in a breakthrough for gay rights.
Scientologists are in Nepal trying to 'heal' trauma victims
The Church of Scientology's global disaster squad has arrived in Nepal.
The Vatican has recognized Palestine since 2013. So what's the big deal today?
The Holy See and Palestinian leaders are working on a treaty about the Catholic Church in Palestine.
Indonesia’s underground atheists lay low after Facebook post that led to imprisonment
Atheism is illegal under the country's blasphemy law. Alexander Aan learned that the hard way.
Mobile technology for Muslims is changing faith in Indonesia
Smartphone apps and social media conversations are influencing the way even conservative religious leaders reach their followers.
Not all mosques welcome in Indonesia, world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
Indonesia touts its multi-faith democracy. But is there room for Ahmadiyya?
Indonesian Christians pray in protest after government shuts down churches
One thousand churches have been closed in the last decade, according to Human Rights Watch.
Heralded by the West as a model for tolerance, Indonesia squeezes religious minorities
A rising ultraconservative presence across the archipelago has put minority Muslims, Christians and atheists in jeopardy.
Brooklyn cabbie gets life in U.S. prison over Pakistan 'honor killings'
Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States, transmitting threats via interstate communications and immigration fraud.
Vatican strategy promotes Pope Francis as catalyst on climate change
Francis will attend key gatherings ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
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.