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Is yoga religious? An Indian court mulls mandatory school exercises

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India is weighing whether yoga has a religious element, as it decides if … Continued

Brazil tries to combat religious intolerance of minority faiths

RIO DE JANEIRO — The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in … Continued

Salam and salutation to Pope Francis

Pope Francis (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) The iconic spiritual leaders of our time took decades of struggle and growth … Continued

Is Pope Francis a liberal?

The question gets some answers – and even more questions.

Religious leaders denounce child marriage in joint video

RNS () — Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Muslim leaders are denouncing child marriage in a new audio-video broadcast for radio, … Continued

For somber Jews on Yom Kippur, white is the new black

RNS () —  When Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom synagogue in Washington looks out at his congregation on Yom … Continued

The Days of Awe and the years of horror

Sept. 3, 2013A worker removes notes from the cracks of the Western Wall. Workers cleaned out the cracks Sunday and … Continued

Pope Francis’ peace appeal for Syria marks Vatican’s return to global stage

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 5) told world leaders gathered in Russia for the G-20 summit that … Continued

Debris is seen on the floor of Im Al-Zinar church that was damaged during clashes between Syrian Rebels and the Syrian Regime in Bustan al Diwan, Homs
On war, Pope Francis says, ‘never again’

Pope Francis’ tweet foreshadows what we can expect in regards to just war – or just peace – during his Papacy.

What’s the real cost of cheap, fast food?

(Photo: Belleville News-Democrat) Last week, thousands of Americans stepped away from their jobs at fast-food restaurants and into the streets … Continued

How compassion stopped a gunman

(AP Photo/David Goldman). Shanique Worthey, right, is embraced by her mother Daphne Morris, while waiting to be reunited with her … Continued

Feds offer atheists a clergy tax break that they don’t want

RNS () — The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from … Continued

A Jewish-Hindu connection

Not so long ago after nearly 25 years as a hidebound New Yorker I moved to Philadelphia for my wife … Continued

Tweet your way out of purgatory (but there’s work involved)

Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. The … Continued

What can we know about Jesus?

May 3, 2013A boy kisses an icon of Christ as he prays during Good Friday at the St. Sava temple … Continued

In Greece, a case study on Islam in Europe

June 28, 2012Golden Dawn members give a raised-fist salute as they are sworn into parliament.Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP via Getty … Continued

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury to meet for the first time

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will meet in Rome on Friday (June 14) for … Continued

Buddhist nun professors or none?

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks during a public discourse. (B MATHUR/REUTERS ) Buddhist women are celebrating a … Continued

Can grief be a mental illness? With new diagnostic changes, maybe

Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. … Continued

British church attendance stabilizes after years of decline

CANTERBURY, England — The number of people attending Sunday services at Britain’s Anglican churches is continuing to drop, but church … Continued