How faith shapes society.
Why witches are still being beheaded in India
Thousands of women have been killed over the last decade and a half.
Vatican auditors find more than a billion euros unaccounted for during financial clean-up
But they aren't alleging any wrongdoing.
Moroccans convicted for drinking juice during Ramadan
Four youths who had been arrested in Morocco for drinking fruit juice in public during Ramadan received suspended four-month jail terms Tuesday.
A million faithful throng Paraguay town for papal visit
The pope, 78, paid special tribute to Paraguay's women, largely left widowed and orphaned during the War of the Triple Alliance.
Paraguay girl's rape case ramps up abortion debate before pope visit
Every day, two girls aged between 10 and 14 give birth in Paraguay.
Bolivia is taking a stand against the drug war. It’s not just the pope’s coca tea
The South American country released thousands of prisoners, many of them drug offenders.
Pope urges Latin America to find unity through common faith
US-POPE-LATAM-ECUADOR:Pope urges Latin America to find unity through common faith
The pope is open to trying cocaine’s key ingredient in Bolivia
If he does chew coca leaves, Francis will be making a big statement about a crop that’s outlawed in most of the world but that Andean peoples use for altitude sickness.
Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian
The pontiff's toughest condemnation of the weapons industry to date came during a youth rally during his trip to Turin.
To ‘Om’ or not to ‘Om’? Yoga Day stirs up anger in the land of its birth
Mandatory yoga may sound like fun to Americans, but in India it's the cause of religious controversy.
Pope Francis is lighting up his Twitter feed with climate change truth bombs
His environmental encyclical 'Laudato Si' is 184 pages long. Thankfully, he's cutting it down for those of us on the internet.
Fault lines surface as the Vatican's climate encyclical leaks
The hotly anticipated document has been posted early.
Vatican removes de facto immunity for bishops concealing sex abuse
A new tribunal will weigh allegations against top clergy.
This tiny colony in Argentina doesn't believe in Spanish, tango, or soccer (PHOTOS)
Welcome to New Hope, the Orthodox Mennonite community of about 1,500 in Argentina's La Pampa province.
Indonesia might ban alcohol entirely
And it’s probably a really bad idea.
Dutch cabinet backs partial Islamic burqa ban
The ban applies to schools, hospitals and public transportation.
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.